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

Want to get involved on campus and learn what ISS is all about? We have dozens of programs and events that are designed to ease your transition at Case. Check out our ongoing programs and services!

We can assist you with:

  • Immigration
  • Academic help and objectives
  • Advice on housing, financial, and legal matters
  • Leadership resources and programs
  • Intercultural exchange

Read more about ISS and the services we provide.

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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 here:

Sign up for "Creating a Marketable Resume" Here

Sign up for " Making a Good First Impression in Networking" Here

Sign up for "Blackstone Launchpad and Small Business start-ups" Here

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.

OPT Passport Photos

CWRU printing services will be unable to print passport sized photos for OPT applications for about 2 weeks. Passport photos are available at most local pharmacies. Here are some additional resources to get passport photos taken and printed:

The UPS Store: 11470 Euclid Ave (216.421.7200) **please note, UPS prints on polaroid picture which we do NOT advise to use.

RiteAid: 10090 Chester Ave *Near E. 105 (216.721.2020)

Walgreens: 3020 Mayfield Rd (216.932.4759)

CVS Pharmacy: 2160 Lee Road (216.932.4808)

Dodd Camera: Shaker Square (216.561.1500)

Undergrads: Join PULSE retreat

In collaboration with the Sustained Dialogue network, CWRU invites you to attend the inaugural PULSE retreat. The PULSE retreat is designed to explore issues of identity, leadership, and inclusion in an attempt to build a more inclusive campus environment. This retreat will take place during fall break from 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 26 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. This is a great opportunity to build your own leadership skills while also engaging in dialogue with other student leaders about creating positive change on our campus.

The retreat will take place at Mohican State Park Lodge and all meals, transportation, and lodging will be provided for FREE! To participate, please complete the following online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the application deadline on Monday, October 20.

We hope that International students will be represented in this conversation.

Only 30 spots are available!

Undergrads: Be a Resident Assistant or an Orientation Leader!

The Office of Residence Life & Services and First-Year Experience and Family Programs are hiring! International students ARE eligible to apply for both positions and be paid to hold leaderships positions on campus!

Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the residential communities and work in teams to provide support to first- and second-year students. The primary responsibility of an RA is to promote a community that feels safe, is focused on learning, and is inclusive and respectful of all its members. Applications are now available at Application deadlines are November 2 to start in Spring 2015 and January 15 to start in Fall 2015. Email Chris Beyer with any questions:

Orientation Leaders (OLs) work with new students and their families in small groups and guide them through their transition at CWRU. Orientation Leaders also staff and assist with the following Orientation programs: Adventures, International Student Orientation, Parent and Family Orientation, and New Student Orientation. They are jointly supervised by the orientation professional staff and the Orientation Executive Board. OL Applications will be available after December 1 at The deadline by which to apply is February 2 and training begins in April. Email with any questions

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