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


Fall 2023 hours:

  • Monday: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Social media

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Professional staff

Portrait of Shuhui Lin

Shuhui Lin

Coordinator, International Student Support and Engagement


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