Pre-Arrival Information
ISSS offers detailed pre-arrival information for international students and scholars who plan to study or work at the University of Miami. Information you will need prior to arriving on campus is available at the ISSS website. You will find information regarding travel and entry into the U.S., housing, tuition and fees, living expenses while in the U.S., health care and insurance, services and programs offered by ISSS, and much more.

Immigration Advising for Students and Scholars in F-1 and J-1 Status
ISSS provides advising to students and scholars in F-1 and J-1 status with respect to the requirements and benefits of their respective immigration statuses. This service assists students and scholars in maintaining their immigration status and in taking advantage of the benefits afforded by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of State. Such benefits include travel and reentry to the U.S., employment authorization in the U.S., program extension, and issuance of immigration documents for eligible dependents. In addition, ISSS offers the Online Immigration Session, which provides international students with important information on maintaining their immigration status.

Employment Information and Authorization
ISSS provides international students with on and off campus employment information and authorization. In addition, ISSS offers the F-1 Employment Session Online, which provides international students with information regarding the different types of employment available to international students in F-1 status and authorization procedures.

GLACIER Complete International Tax Preparation Software
This very user-friendly online tax preparation program is available to all University of Miami international students, scholars and their dependents in “F” and “J” immigration status who are nonresidents for tax purposes. Contact ISSS for further information and the access code to access GLACIER.

Liaison with Sponsoring Embassies, Government and Agencies
ISSS serves as a liaison between international students and scholars and their sponsoring embassies, government and agencies by providing assistance as needed to all parties involved.

The International Student Grant
The International Student Grant is available through the Office of Financial Assistance and Employment to assist undergraduate international students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties.  In order to apply, you must currently be a junior or senior with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or above.   Funding is limited. 

Please follow the steps indicated below to qualify for consideration.

Step 1: Provide a written statement indicating the reasons requiring financial assistance including the requested amount.  Students should demonstrate that the grant is necessary due to economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond his/her control.

Step 2: Submit a CSS Profile through College Board or paper Profile to the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment.

Step 3: Submit supporting financial documentation including a detailed statement about your family’s current financial situation and provide tax, income and asset documentation.

The Office of Financial Assistance and Employment will review the application and determine if you are eligible for this need-based award.  The grant is not automatically renewed.  Students who wish to qualify for the award the next academic year must repeat the steps above including submitting a new CSS Profile and submitting updated income and asset documentation and continue to have a demonstrated financial need for the award.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance & Employment (ofas@miami.edu or 305-284-6000) with any questions related to the International Student Grant.

Short-Term, Small Emergency Loans
ISSS offers short-term, small emergency loans of up to $500 for international students in F-1 and J-1 status who experience an unforeseen financial emergency. Loan applications are available in the ISSS front office, and approval of the loan is decided on a case-by-case basis. Click here for the Emergency Loan Application.

Assistance with Personal and Adjustment Problems
ISSS offers assistance to international students and scholars who experience personal and adjustment problems during their stay at the University of Miami. Contact ISSS if you experience personal and adjustment problems during your stay at the University of Miami so that your advisor can address these issues with you and assist you in coping with them.

Assistance in Coping with Crises
In the event of a crisis, personal or otherwise, ISSS provides assistance to and referral for international students and scholars.

Advocacy
ISSS serves the role of an advocate and a voice for international students and scholars at the University of Miami. Contact ISSS if you encounter an issue that needs to be addressed and let ISSS know how we may help.