International Students : Services

Alfred University ISO StudentsOffice of International Programs (OIP)
The Office of International Programs provides some of the key services that you will require during your stay with us. Our services are designed to make the transition to Alfred University as smooth and easy as possible, from airport pick-up and orientation when you arrive to help with Optional Practical Training (OPT) after you graduate. Like us on Facebook to keep in touch with International Programs at Alfred University.

We are your friends and counsel. If you encounter any problems during your stay here, no matter how small, we are available to listen and to help. We can provide guidance on every facet of campus life, and also make recommendations on how to maximize your experience here at Alfred University. Serving you is why we are here.

Orientation
After you have been accepted for admission to Alfred University, you will receive a welcome letter from our office that will provide you with information about arrival and orientation. Once you have arrived, our office should be your first stop on campus. We will have a welcome folder for you and the orientation we provide will help you find the people and offices you need to get you started on your semester. Learn more about international student orientation.

Visas
While you are here, one of the most important services our office provides is assistance and advice related to maintaining your visa status. We will keep your permanent records here, including copies of your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 forms, contact information, and proof of health insurance. In addition, we can answer questions on international travel, employment, health insurance coverage, U.S. taxes, and more. We can also point you in the direction of lawyers specializing in immigration matters should an issue arise.

Other services

  • Advice on job opportunities if you are eligible.
  • Listing of off-campus housing options.
  • Visa advice for family members who may wish to visit.
  • Help with enrolling in a class to improve your English language skills or help finding a tutor.

International House
International House, also known as Global Alfred, is a housing choice that provides an opportunity for American students and international students to interact in a comfortable setting. It offers a unique cross-cultural living situation that allows you to meet and get to know students from around the world. Students experience a wider diversity within their social network and learn about themselves in a larger cultural context. Participants in this living community must be 21 years or older. But even if you don't live in the International House, you are welcome to participate in activities there that are open to the broader student community, such as Sunday night suppers featuring food from a particular country, international Thanksgiving, or international parties.

The International Student and Scholar Organization (ISSO)
ISSO is a student club for both international and American students. It meets every week for conversation, activities, and events. Past activities and events have included dance parties, celebrations of traditions from around the world (including Japanese tea ceremonies, Turkish coffee nights, Chinese New Year and the Autumn Festival, Halloween, Valentine's Day). Karaoke nights, quiz nights, film nights, potluck dinners, trips to local attractions, tables for international education week, etc. add to the rich experiences this group provides. The biggest event of the year has traditionally been a show called A2A (Alfred to Asia) which includes a variety of acts from Asia and from other cultures as well. The club is a great way to meet friends from around the world and to gain leadership experience.

Community Friends
Community Friends is a program that matches Alfred community members with international students for the purpose of sharing friendship and culture. The community members who volunteer to participate invite an international student to their home or get together with her or him for a meal or coffee or some other activity at least once or twice during the semester. Many lasting friendships have been formed among the participants of this program. It's a great way to learn more about American culture and language. More information is available at the Office of International Programs.