Services for International Students

  • Academic Credential Evaluation: Documents are reviewed for their equivalence to the US educational system, grade point average and, if applicable, transfer credit.
  • Arrival & Registration: Assistance is provided with registration for classes, getting an ID card, opening a bank account, obtaining a cell phone and looking, if needed, for off campus housing. TB Testing also takes place during this time.
  • Orientations for New Students: Provided in the fall and spring semesters covering immigration regulations, the US academic system, tips for successful studying, culture shock, and living in Ashland. Throughout the year students will also have the opportunity to attend workshops providing information on work visas (H-1B), career development and other topics of interest.
  • Academic Advising: The ISS office creates a schedule for the student's first semester. After, students will have an Academic Advisor from their specific major. ISS is always available to provide support and suggestions for resources for students.
  • Social Security and Employment: ISS helps students complete the paperwork needed to work on or off campus. 
  • English Language Classes: Provided for beginners through intermediate language learners through the ACCESS program, and English testing can be obtained through this department. 
  • The International Club: Provides social and cultural activities throughout the year, as well as leadership opportunities for students (stipends are available for each of the leadership positions).
  • Income Tax Preparation Assistance: Takes place from mid-February to mid-April each year.
  • Immigration advising: ISS has the authorization to issue both the F-1 visa for students, and the J-visa for visiting professors and students (with significant institutional scholarships). We also process H-IB visas for new international faculty at Ashland University.