Seattle University’s International Student Center (ISC) is the home away from home for our diverse international campus population. Our center is the main resource for creating a bridge between U.S. and international students. For our faculty and staff, we offer tools for supporting our international students’ academic, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual pathways. Celebrating our international student population provides vital perspectives that broaden the entire university’s cultural and global awareness as we all seek to promote equity and social justice within and between nations.
On this page, you will find information about the services our office provides to support international students. We offer resources for a variety of immigration-related issues to ensure our students remain in compliance with federal policy and law within the United States Customs and Immigration Services.
Please contact our staff with any questions you may have. We’re here for you.
Hello! My name is Cheick A. Konta and I am from West Africa, precisely Mali. Mali is a land-locked country with a population of over 20 million people. I was born in the capital city, Bamako. I moved to the U.S. in 2014 to pursue a degree in business. In 2019, I graduated from Western Washington University with my MBA. After working for a few months, I decided to pursue a second master’s degree in Computer Science at Seattle University. In free time, I love playing soccer, working-out, cooking, and learning about other cultures. I prioritize traveling to new places anytime I can. So far, I have been to four continents: Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. Additionally, I have also been to 22 states in America. I believe traveling and stepping out of my comfort zone is the best way to
My name is Jane. I was born in Taiwan and raised in Shanghai. My mother tongue is Mandarin, but nowadays, I think more in English. I am also conversational in Spanish. I am always deeply intrigued by different languages and cultures, and I love to travel to immerse myself in them. I earned my undergraduate degree at UW, double-majoring in English Literature and Communications. Currently, I am in SU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program—making my childhood dream of becoming a clinical counselor a reality. In my free time, I love to take long walks, go on outdoor runs, draw/paint, play the guitar/piano, sing and make music with friends, play basketball, watch Animal Planet, and continue in my attempt to finish all of the books I have on my bookshelf. Hope I can meet you all!
Hello! My name is Sayuri King-Barron and I am a Graduate Intern & Desk Assistant at the ISC. I am pursuing my Master’s in Student Development Administration with the hopes that after graduation I can continue supporting international students like you! My undergraduate degree is in Japanese Literature and Communication and my freshman year was at Arizona State University, so I absolutely love desert flora and fauna. I transferred to the University of Washington and my senior year was spent studying abroad at Tokyo University. That experience was unforgettable, and our cohort remains close to this day. In my spare time I enjoy exploring new skills with my family whether it be cooking a new food dish or trying a new instrument. I wind down by knitting, watercolor, or hugging my dog, Odin. I
Hi! My name is DK, short for Dong Ki, which is my Korean name. I am a Desk Assistant at the ISC. I was born in Korea and at the age of four I moved to England and grew up in North London, after that I moved to New York and now I am in Seattle. So for me, Korean was actually my second language. I am majoring in marketing, and in the future I would love to be working as a marketing coordinator for Nike. I love to cook in my free time, listen to music, watch movies, go on nice long walks, play soccer, and also collect sneakers. So if there are any fellow sneakerheads, let’s talk! Welcome to ISC and I hope to get to know you guys better!
Throughout the year, ISC hosts a large number of events, ranging from 5 to 400 participants. All our events provide leadership and community opportunities for both international and domestic students to gain experience in event planning, facilitation, marketing, cooking and more.
If you are an international student seeking employment at the university, you can work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
“When you’re here, you are like family and we want you, our international community, to feel that the ISC is your home away from home”
“ISC plays a pivotal role in creating a sense of community for students from different countries, helping them achieve better understanding of different cultures and backgrounds.”
“Being part of the ISC family provides so much joy, laughter, and learning. We love getting to know our students and helping to provide a welcoming community through our events.”
“The ISC is the place for you to find community, understanding, and advocacy for your unique and valuable global experience. Here we go beyond just your I-20s and visas and appreciate you holistically.”
Over 10% of Seattle U's students are international students
China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Canada
The majority of Seattle U's international students are undergraduates
Finance, Management, Accounting, Business Analytics, and Computer Science
64% of int'l students study in Albers School of Business and Economics. 16% in the College of Arts and Sciences and another 16% in the College of Science and Engineering.
—The Wall Street Journal, Higher Education College 2018 Rankings