Academic Advisor Resources
The Office of International Affairs is your resource in helping you to support and advise international students.
Who are international students?
Though IUPUI hosts many students originating from around the world, OIA is mainly concerned with students in F-1 and J-1 student status. The resources you will find here are specifically tailored to meet the immigration requirements for only those student visa types.
You may find a student’s visa status in SIS Main Menu>Campus Community>Personal Information>Add/Update a Person>Visa/Permit Data (at bottom of screen). If you have questions about a student’s status and/or regulations for a different status, it is best to contact OIA directly.
Our Advising Survival Guide is currently being updated and will be posted again once available.
Learn more about our common functions below:
OIA processes applications for students in non-immigrant status. U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated abroad are processed in the same office as domestic students.Learn more about the Admissions Process »
Students who have stopped out for only one semester just need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. OIA advisors will collect new financial documentation and issue immigration documents after working with the student.
Students who have stopped out for two semesters or more need to follow normal returning student processes to be reinstated academically.
If the student is returning after a dismissal, advisors may be contacted by OIA advisors to ensure that the student has been readmitted and is free to return.
Arrival Services and Orientation Program
Students receive an abundance of information from us to help prepare for their arrival in Indianapolis. In addition, our orientation program prepares students to be successful international students at IUPUI.See what we tell students about finding housing »
View our Pre-Arrival information including monthly newsletters »
Visit the Orientation Programming Page »
EAP requirements and exams are administered through the English for Academic Purposes program. OIA communicates the testing requirement at the time of admission and coordinates initial testing during orientation.
Enrollment and Program Changes
International students have an added layer of requirements to keep their immigration status valid. Among these include registering full-time, keeping their immigration record updated, and completing their degree before their immigration document expires.
We are here to help you interpret F-1/J-1 enrollment requirements and how different situations will impact the student. See more details on common enrollment issues for international students and how advisors can work with them.
International students often have a hard time adjusting to Indianapolis and IUPUI culture. The best action you can take is to listen and empathize. OIA does have some resources for advisors to help assist students with adjustment issues. We are also happy to provide specific training to you or your office, please contact us at email@example.com to set up your training.
Other helpful resources for students include other campus resources (like MAC, the Writing Center, etc). Students may also be interested in joining the International Peer Mentor Program or Graduate Welcome Volunteers.
We do have some limited resources to help students experiencing financial difficulties. To be eligible for OIA financial resources, students must have been enrolled full-time for an academic year.
For those situations where the student has been at IUPUI less than a year, we have compiled some resources to assist international students on their quest to fund their education.
Whether you want to hire an international student or simply understand their employment options, we can help.See common employment related questions you may run into>>
Graduation/Completing Degree Requirements
Generally, we consider the last day of the final semester the date that a student complete's his/her degree requirements. If the student is on a thesis/dissertation option, the completion date is considered to be the day the student submits their final edits. This date impacts the student's eligibility period for other benefits.
Meet the full OIA team! Other helpful contacts you might find useful are:
International Student Immigration issues firstname.lastname@example.org International GRADUATE Admissions email@example.com International UNDERGRADUATE Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org International transcript analysis and evaluation email@example.com International EMPLOYEES (full-time) firstname.lastname@example.org Admissions/Recruiting Process and Indianapolis Information email@example.com Pre-Arrival Questions firstname.lastname@example.org