International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The world of international student and scholar services is constantly evolving due to new initiatives and changes in federal regulations. SUNY Global established the Council for International Student and Scholar Services (C-ISSS) to support ISSS professionals across the 64 SUNY campuses. We have a variety of initiatives underway to support the ISSS community.

For more information regarding ISSS or to join any of these initiatives, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services Manager at

SUNY J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Consortium

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) has been approved by the Department of State for J-1 designation as a consortium in the categories of student (incuding student intern), research scholar, professor, short-term scholar, and specialist. The consortium is designed to assist member campuses with DS-2019 issuance, regulation guidance and support in an effort to increase educational and cultural exchange opportunities across the SUNY system.

SUNY J-1 Exchange Visitor Program


The ISSS SUNY Blue website provides resources, valuable discussion forums and materials as well as SUNY and government links to assist ISSS professionals with current issues impacting the international student and scholar population.

ISSS SUNY Blue Website

C-ISSS Listserv

A forum dedicated to SUNY ISSS offices to communicate and consult on issues related to international populations and SUNY policies. The listserv has over 195 members representing all 64 campuses and system administration. There are also forums focused on Admissions and Recruitment and Study Abroad. To join any of these lists, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services Manager at

Outreach & Assessment

In an effort to develop resources and provide training resources, OGA conducts surveys of the ISSS community to assess current trends and needs. Regular online meetings and an annual C-ISSS meeting provides an opportunity to facilitate discussions and share resources related to important issues facing the ISSS community. Our ISSS Manager also offers individualized consultation to campuses on a variety of issues.


In an effort to provide professional development opportunities, we occasionally offer a variety of training opportunities to ISSS professionals. These events are announced on the C-ISSS listserv. 


Best practices are being identified to assist campuses seeking to enroll international students or to increase their existing international enrollments. These recommendations are meant to reaffirm the importance of providing a welcoming and supportive campus environment for international students and to support future enrollments, retention and student satisfaction.

Office of Global Affairs