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 there! My name is Mardan, and I was born and raised in Ili, Xinjiang, China. I am one of the minority groups in China named Uyghur (Uighur). We have our own language (Uyghur), background, and culture so I can speak three languages which are Uyghur, Chinese, and English. I can easily communicate with people from different backgrounds. I graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in Finance. Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Science in Business Analytics at Seattle University. In my free time, I like going to the gym because I am a big fan of bodybuilding. I am also a huge tech fan and appreciate all the modern technologies which bring convenience to our daily lives. It is super exciting to work at the ISC. Need help? No prob!
Hi everyone! My name is Diya and I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business Administration at SU. A little about me: I am from California but my family is originally from India, so I love traveling back to India over the summers and visiting my grandparents while immersing myself in my own culture. During my free time, I love to read, go hiking, and binge on Netflix shows so if you guys have any recommendations on either of those things, please let me know! I love to meet new people and listen to their stories so if you ever want to talk, feel free to talk to me and we can have a great conversation. I am really excited to be working at the ISC and look forward to meeting you all and assisting you guys in any way I can!
Hello, my name is Abdoulie Sowe a Gambian graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science. With a Computer Sci & Tech background from the American International University West Africa, and work experience at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (Gambia) and Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, I am passionate about fostering cultural exchange and ensuring an exceptional international student experience. Having a deep understanding of the unique challenges and needs faced by international students, I am committed to offering guidance and support throughout their journey. I enjoy driving and exploring Seattle, spending time with family and friends, playing with gadgets, exercising, and watching movies.
Hi! My name is Sareena and I'm from Bangalore, India. I'm currently double majoring in Marketing and Business Analytics. I love binging tv shows, reading books, and watching Formula 1. If you want any recommendations or just want to talk about your recent binge, feel free to come down to the ISC and talk about it with me! I'm also a huge dog lover and I definitely have permanent puppy fever! As an international student, I understand how intimidating everything can be, but the ISC is here to help. So don't be afraid to stop by or shoot us an email!
Hello! I am Jay and I am a major in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I’m an international student coming from India and I am a tech enthusiast, always keen on learning and engaging with the latest advancements in the realm of technology, equipping me to better understand and solve complex problems. In my free time, you'll most likely find me absorbed in the world of video games, a hobby that has not only entertained me but also sharpened my strategic and problem-solving skills. As a student from India, I also look forward to sharing my heritage with the community and learning from the diverse cultures that my peers bring. Together, we can cultivate a vibrant, inclusive, and enlightening space.
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. Our events are posted on ConnectSU, so please check us out!
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.”
"This opportunity to work with so many talented international students at an amazing university such as Seattle University is a blessing, because working in education has always been my passion."
"Here at the ISC, we celebrate the skills, perspectives, and cultural traditions that our international students bring. We love finding ways to share these with the larger Seattle U community."
Over 10% of Seattle U's students are international students
Vietnam, China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia
The majority of Seattle U's international students are undergraduates
Finance, Management, Accounting, Business Analytics, and Computer Science
50% of int'l students study in Albers School of Business and Economics. 35% in the College of Science and Engineering and another 13% in the College of Arts and Sciences.
—The Wall Street Journal, Higher Education College 2018 Rankings