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International Student and Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services


International student and scholar advisors are available to discuss your immigration status, University policies, and cultural adjustment. Advisors are also available to help you when you aren't sure who to speak to at the University about a particular problem or concern. Students are not assigned to an advisor, but we do recommend you meet with the same advisor if we are assisting you with an ongoing or complex immigration matters. 

If there is an emergency concerning the health or safety of an international student outside of business hours, please contact DU Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.

Schedule advising

                  Make an Appointment           Quick Question Advising           Scholar Check In

What kind of advising do I need?

Appointments are for ongoing or complex issues. Students are not assigned to an advisor, but you can schedule appointments with the same advisor every time you visit. Some examples of topics to talk to an advisor about during an appointment are:

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT), after you have reviewed our website
  • Reinstatement of your F-1 status
  • Changing your immigration status
  • Applying for economic hardship
  • Personal or cultural issues
  • Academic issues

Quick Question Advising is for questions that can be answered by any advisor. Some examples of topic to talk to an advisor during Quick Question Advising hours are: 

  • Travel signatures
  • Transferring out of DU
  • Dropping classes and being less than full-time
  • Taking a non-summer vacation quarter

Scholar Check-In is for new international scholars who are required to see Laura Buhs, International Scholar Advisor.

Which advisor should I see?
Every advisor in our office is highly knowledgeable and they are all able to assist you with immigration status, benefits, and interpretation of regulations. Each advisor is also trained in a variety of social and cultural areas, including intercultural communication and cultural adjustment.

Students can see any advisor. If you have an ongoing issue, we do recommend that you see the same advisor every time.

Scholars should see Laura Buhs.
Are there limits to what advisors can help me with?
Advisors can discuss a number of issues with students and scholars, including immigration regulations, University policies, and resources to assist with cultural adjustment and academic success. However, advisors are not immigration lawyers or mental health professionals. We are unable to advise on the following matters:
  • Legal issues, including criminal and civil court cases
  • U.S. taxes and tax law
  • Mental health and personal counseling needs

Advisors may refer you to other offices on campus or recommend you seek assistance from outside professionals when your needs extend beyond our professional limits.

When You Arrive

When you visit our office, please check-in at the International Student check-in computer to the right of the front desk. The receptionist will let you know when an advisor is available to see you.


Advising sessions are confidential. Records of meetings with advisors are only available to staff members in our office and other University personnel who have a professional need to know about your visit. Advisors may discuss complex cases with each other when there is a question of interpretation of immigration regulations.