The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is located in 143 Tomlinson and open all year, Monday through Friday, except for university holidays.

ISS staff is available to students in-person and by phone only during Walk-In Hours.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you need to make an appointment, please either call the office, stop by in person, or email

For more information about Walk-in Hours visit the Information for Students quicklink.

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Promoting Intercultural Exchange at Case

The mission of the Office of International Student Services (ISS) is to enhance the international student experience and promote intercultural exchange at CWRU.

We can assist you with:

  • Immigration matters
  • Intercultural exchange opportunities
  • Leadership resources and programs
  • Understanding the social and academic culture at CWRU and in the US.

Read more about ISS and the services we provide.

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Smithsonian Fellowship

Through the Smithsonian's flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students as well as conservators and senior scholars have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines at the largest museum in the world. Smithsonian Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore the natural sciences, art, history, and culture. Programs now accepting applications include:

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) (for Graduate Students, Predoc Students, Postdoc Researchers, and Senior Researchers)

Please note the application deadline for most of these programs is Monday, December 1, 2014;however, deadlines vary, so please see specific program information.

Feel free to share this notice with friends, family, social, and professional networks by forwarding this email or by using this link to post it in social media.

For more information, please go to or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202.633.7070.

Help translate and save lives!

Cleveland is a diverse city with over 100 different ethnic groups and a varying amount of English language abilities. Recently, two deaths have occurred due to non-English speaking relatives who were unable to make a 911 Emergency phone call. Help combat the language barrier issue and help the city of Cleveland by translating a simple 911 phone script in your native language. See link for PDF of document needing translation.

Each student who contributes to this project will be recognized by the Community Relations Board of City of Cleveland.

Below is a list of the languages still needing translations. If you can help with any of the below, it can help save lives. Also, if you have clarifications on languages being similar, or different, that will also help the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board determine needs for unique scripts.

  • Arab
  • Northern Armenian
  • Southern Armenian
  • Assyrian
  • Australian
  • Austrian
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgian
  • Bhotes
  • Bolivia
  • Brazilian Portugese
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Cambodian
  • Columbian
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dutch
  • Egyptian
  • El Savadorian
  • Ethiopian
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Ghanaian
  • Guyanese
  • Haitian
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Ilocano
  • Iranian
  • Iraqi
  • Jamaican English
  • Javanese
  • Jordanian
  • Kapampangan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laotian
  • Latvian
  • Lebanese
  • Liberian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malawi
  • Mongolian
  • Moroccan
  • Norwegian
  • Palestinian
  • Pashto
  • Peruvian
  • Philippines
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Rwandan
  • Senegalese
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singaporean
  • Sinhala
  • Slovenian
  • Sri Lankan
  • Sudanese
  • Syrian
  • Tanzania
  • Thai
  • Trinidadian/Tobagonian
  • Tunisian
  • Ugandan
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Visayan
  • Waray-Waray (Samarnon)
  • Yugoslavian
  • Zimbabwe
Undergrads: International Welcome Days Orientation Survey

The Office of First-Year Experience and Family Programs, who welcomed you with International Welcome Days and New Student Orientation, would like to learn more about the first-year international student experience half-way through the fall semester here at CWRU. Please take this short survey so that CWRU can best support new international students on our campus both this year and in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is an online resource to help STEM, humanities, social science PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. It contains practical hiring advice that helped real PhDs get their first jobs outside of academia, biographies of non-academia PhDs that describe how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academ, and panels that contain info on PhD friendly careers. A subscription has been purchased by the Career Center that allows CWRU students to access premium content at no cost to them.

Graduate students may access Versatile PhD by visiting students/ and clicking the MyCareer icon. Enter your CWRU network ID and password when prompted, and Versatile PhD is at the bottom of the list of password protected resources for CWRU students.

International Student Success Series

All events are free, snacks are provided, and some will require registration.

A series of programs, workshops and events that help international students transition and better understand the social and academic culture at both CWRU and Cleveland.

Oct 29: Leveraging CICs and Finding Internships (CC)

If you are interested in working in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, or Washington, DC, CWRU participates in Career and Internship Connections (CIC) events during January. This session will provide information about these events, as well as details about internships and practicums.

Nov 5: Fraternities, Sororities? It's all Greek to me! (Greek Life)

The Greek system is uniquely American, and often is an unusual concept for international students. Come find out its origins, benefits, and some of the Greek rituals and traditions that occur on campus. Learn about "recruitment", "sororities", "fraternities" and what to do if you may want to join a chapter.

Nov 12: It's not just song and dance – Bollywood (ESS)

The biggest film industry in the world isn't Hollywood, it's Bollywood! Learn about the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India. Often featuring catchy and danceable songs, Bollywood films are a multi-million dollar industry. Learn about popular films, actresses, actors and popular songs.

Nov 19: U.S. Health Insurance, Obamacare & you (HS)

American Insurance is so expensive! Find out more about your student health plan, what's included and about American Health Insurance in general. An Aetna Representative will be on hand to answer questions.

Nov 26: Sexual Misconduct (FSCFW, Asia)

What does Sexual Misconduct really mean and what is included in the definition? What's the difference between harassment and flirting in America? How do you set personal boundaries? Do you know someone in an unhealthy relationship?

Dec 3: Holiday and Gift Giving (ISS)

Gift giving is a big business around Christmas and Hanukkah. Come learn about various holidays celebrated in the US, and the tradition of gift giving surrounding the. A representative from the University Bookstore will bring items and discuss which/when gift giving is appropriate.

#CleConnect - Career Workshops and Networking Event

Undergraduate and Graduate students are encouraged to expand their personal networks and learn about networking strategies at this educational event. Various career workshops are being offered and that knowledge can be applied at the young professional group expo featuring local groups; The Young Latino Network, 20/30 Club, MotivAsians and more!

Hosted by Global Cleveland, CWRU Center for International Affairs, and The Career Center.

Register her:

MeetAmerica Scholarship

International Students: This Thanksgiving, jumpstart your career, expand your professional network, and explore American life and culture.

Scholarships now available! Contact right away for information.

What is Meet America?

Designed for international students studying in the U.S., the Meet America program allows you to make one-on-one connections as you explore an American community and learn about careers in your field of interest. The Global Ties network has a long history of conducting programs that connect international students studying in the U.S. with local communities.

The inaugural Meet America programs will take place November 23-28, 2014, and will focus on the following cities and themes:

• New York City: Human Rights and Citizenship

• Chicago: Technology and Trading Careers for Business Majors

Applications are due October 22, but space is limited. Apply today!

Scholarships now available! Contact right away for information.

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