International Student Services Office (ISSO)

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is the main resource for assistance with immigration matters, as well as personal, social, and cultural adjustment during your time here at Suffolk University.

Three Suffolk students walk up the stairs in a campus building while talking together.International students at Suffolk are supported by the peer and staff experts of the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

Our international advisors serve as advocates to the university community and to help connect international students to resources around Suffolk.

The ISSO also helps University faculty and staff best serve our international student population.

Meet with an International Advisor

Our International Student Advisors are here to assist you with visa requirements, travel, employment, and more. Some types of appointments can be made by students on their own through Navigate using their Suffolk credentials, visiting the ISSO on the 9th floor of 73 Tremont Street, or by calling the Division of Student Success (DSS) front desk at 617-573-8034.

Make your own appointment through Navigate, or call 617-573-8034 for appointments related to:

  • Academic Standing - International
  • Change of Status - International
  • Exchange Student Advising
  • I-20 Issuance
  • I-20 Signature/Travel Question
  • I-20 Transfer
  • Leave of Absence - International
  • Visa/Immigration
  • Withdrawal from Suffolk - International

Call the Division of Student Success at 617-573-8034 for appointments related to:

  • CPT/Internship
  • Employment FAQ’s - International
  • OPT/Graduation
  • I-20 Extension
  • Other - International

Contact other Suffolk departments for appointments related to:

  • Registration—Book with Undergraduate Academic Advising or your Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Access & Accommodations—Call 617-573-8034 to book with the Office of Disability Services
  • Tutoring—Call 617-573-8034 to book with CLAS
  • Coaching—Call 617-573-8034 to book with CLAS


Name Title
Amy Ewen
Director, Center for International Education & Study Away
Viviana Leyva Associate Director, Center for International Education & Study Away
Leanne Dolat
International Student Advisor
Christopher Murphy
International Student Advisor

Come Meet Us

Summer Office Hours

The International Student Services Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Summer office hours are from May 24 to August 9, 2024.


We are located on the 9th floor of the Rosalie K. Stahl Building at 73 Tremont Street. 

We're Here to Help You


Excited to join the Suffolk community? We’re excited to have you! Learn more about Admission requirements and processes for International students.

J-1 Exchange Students & Scholars

Interested in experiencing life in Boston as part of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program? The J-1 Visa allows recipients to remain in the US for the duration of their program.

Current Students

Life in Boston, Massachusetts, is likely going to be different than day-to-day life in many places around the world. That's why we're here to provide services and help to make the adjustment to American life as easy as possible.

Graduating & Alumni

Once you join Suffolk University, you're part of the community for life. As a truly global institution, Suffolk's vast alumni network stretches across the globe and you continue to have access to amazing resources even after graduation.

Immigration & Other Resources

Suffolk’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) is the main resource on campus for our international community. The ISSO is here to assist you with visa requirements, travel, employment, and more.

Other US Resources

Once you arrive in the US there will be other paperwork and processes you’ll need to be aware of. Our ISSO team has compiled information about the most common things you’ll need to complete, and we can support you in the process.