About ISSS

ISSSISSS represents the needs and interests of the University of Miami international community and provides support services and programs for international students, scholars, and academic departments at UM. Every year, approximately 3,750 international students (undergraduate and graduate) and scholars (professors and researchers) from 115 countries representing every region of the world study, teach, and conduct research at the University of Miami.

International students and scholars face some unique challenges as well as opportunities while pursuing their academic goals at UM. The professional and dedicated ISSS staff provides expert advice, services, programs, and information aimed at supporting your educational endeavors and enriching your U.S. experience over the entire course of your stay.

Mailing Address, Email, Telephone and Fax Number:
Department of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
1306 Stanford Drive
Whitten University Center, Suite 2275
Coral Gables, FL 33146-6929

Email: isss@miami.edu
Phone:  (305) 284-2928
Fax:  (305) 284-3409

Office Location and Hours of Operation:
Advising services are available in the Advising Center located on the Second Floor of the University Center.
The office is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Walk-in Advising Hours:
Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

ISSS Staff Members:
Teresa de la Guardia, Director
Email:  tdelaguardia@miami.edu

Claudia Zitzmann, Associate Director
Email:  czitzmann@miami.edu
Advises all scholars (faculty and researchers)

Stephanie Foster, Assistant Director
Email:  s.foster1@miami.edu
Advises students whose last names begin with A through Dec

Kristin Pongé, Assistant Director
Email:   kponge@miami.edu
Advises students whose last names begin with Ded through Li, L

Diana Garner, Assistant Director
Email:  dxg621@miami.edu
Advises students whose last names begin with Li, M through Shen

Sevgi Ural, Assistant Director
Email:  s.ural@miami.edu
Advises students whose last names begin with Sheno through Z

Gigi Morera, Administrative Assistant
Email:  gxm507@miami.edu

Valarie Williams, Administrative Assistant
Email:  vwilliams@miami.edu

ISSS Services
ISSS Programs

On the ISSS website you will find detailed information regarding each of these services and programs. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or require additional information. We look forward to assisting you.


Important Links

International Scholar Orientation
Click here for International Scholar Orientation information.

International Student Orientation (ISO)
Click here for orientation information.

Online Immigration Session
New students: Click here to complete the mandatory session.

Online Employment Session
Click here to complete the session which is required for all off-campus work authorizations.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Click here for information on off-campus work authorization before you complete your studies.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Click here for information on off-campus work authorization before or after you complete your studies.

Click here for forms to apply for a variety of processes such as letter of certification, employment, program extension, etc.

SEVIS Validation Check-In
(J-1 Scholars/Exchange Visitors)

Click here for instructions and form.