The MISSE areas provide intra- and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, social justice education and change, a "home away from home" for students, and a safe space for cultural and psychosocial development. The Centers compliment the academic mission of the University by enhancing students' experiences inside and outside of the classroom.


The International Student Support and Engagement, or ISSE, focuses on supporting international students and international student organizations' development to enhance international students' experience within and outside of the classroom.


In spring of 2016, two students, Akash Bhalerao and Brian Leal advocated to add a staff member to support international students within the Division of Student Life. A spilt position was created between former Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) and the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). In 2017, this position officially became part of the Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE) team as the International Student Support and Engagement area.


152 IMU, 125 N. Madison Ave, Iowa City, IA


  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Note: We will close during University holidays and academic breaks.

Social media

ISSE Instagram page

Professional staff

Portrait of Shuhui Lin

Shuhui Lin

Coordinator, International Student Support and Engagement


Upcoming Events

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Study Night with ISSE

Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:00pm to 9:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Trying to find a good place to study on campus? Looking for some people to study with? Are you in need of some snacks or sweets while studying hard? ISSE and ISSS are collaborating with the Main Library for Study Nights every other Thursday evening! Come to the SEAM space on the second floor of the Main Library, grab some snacks and make big successes on your courses! 
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Hawks of Color Social Save the Date

Friday, December 9, 2022 4:00pm to 6:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Save this date for the next Hawks of Color event produced by the Division of DEI.  Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space. Gather with faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at our December in-person social event. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Our December event will be an in-person social at 2750 University Capitol Centre Iowa City...