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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 a particular advisor, but we do recommend you meet with the same advisor if we are assisting you with an ongoing or complex immigration matter. Scholars generally meet with Laura Buhs.

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.


Make an appointment by logging into PioneerWeb and selecting the day and time you wish to meet with an advisor.

*For new international scholars who are required to see Laura Buhs, International Scholar Advisor, schedule an appointment here.

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 Hours

You may call or visit an advisor without an appointment during our daily Quick Question Advising hours. Some example topics to talk to an advisor about 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

If you would like to speak to a specific advisor, please make an appointment. Advisors are available without an appointment during the following times each week:

Monday: 10am - 12pm

Tuesday: 1pm - 4pm 

Wednesday: 10am - 12pm

Thursday: 1pm - 4pm 

Friday: 10am - 12pm

If you have an immigration emergency while the office is closed, please contact DU Campus Safety 303-871-2334. 

Working with Advisors

Advisors in our office are highly knowledgeable in the interpretation and application of federal regulations governing student and scholar immigration statuses. We recommend speaking to an advisor anytime you have a question about your status or your eligibility for a particular immigration benefit. Advisors are also trained in a variety of social and cultural areas, including intercultural communication and cultural adjustment.

When You Arrive

When you visit our office, please check-in with the front desk receptionist. The receptionist will let you know when an advisor is available to see you. An advisor will generally be available to see you within 5 - 10 minutes, depending on the number of students waiting before you.

Advising Limits

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 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, as outlined above.


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.