WELCOME TO IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY!

The mission of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is to provide immigration and cross-cultural expertise to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all international students throughout their university experience. Because laws and regulations governing legal presence in the U.S. change frequently, it is important to consult the ISSO for the latest information and to understand how it applies to your individual situation. Stop by the office periodically, check the ISSO website frequently, and carefully read the ISSO Weekly Newsletter and all the ISSO e-mails you receive. Please note that the university will use your iastate.edu address for all official communications.

If you have questions specifically pertaining to Orientation Week, please send all inquiries to isorient@iastate.edu. 


Fall Orientation

Spring Orientation

Summer Orientation

Online Orientation

Orientation Resources

ISSO OUTREACH AMBASSADORS

Student Ambassadors

Have a question but not sure who to ask? Contact ISSO Outreach Ambassadors!

Our ISSO Outreach Ambassadors are a group of friendly and helpful international students who are here to answer your questions and share their experiences. They will be happy to tell you about student life, ISU and Ames resources and help you get connected with the student organizations. Do not hesitate, contact our outreach ambassadors today and get your ISU adventure started!

 

CAROLINA MONTEIRO

cmont@iastate.edu

 

BHAGYASHRI PARAB

bparab@iastate.edu

Hometown: Curitiba, a city in southern Brazil. 

What is your major? Why did choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?  

I am currently doing a Masters Degree in Student Affairs, but I also have a background in International Relations and Social Policy. I decided to focus on Student Affairs because I have been working with international students for many years, helping them fulfill their dreams of studying in the United States – just as I did!   

What are your hobbies and interests? 

I love travelling and exploring new places, I doesn't matter whether it's a half-day getaway 20 miles from home or a month backpacking at the other side of the world. I also love watching series, baking and picnicking with friends.  

What is your favorite place in the USA?  

My favorite place in the US is San Diego, CA, where I lived for over 3 years. It's a beautiful city close to the ocean and it has many parks, trails for hiking, good restaurants and lovely weather.  

What is your favorite place internationally? 

One of my favorite places that I've been to is Myanmar, and more specifically the city of Sagaing and its whereabouts. The view of the Buddhist "pagodas" everywhere you look is breathtaking, and the people are one of the nicest I've ever met.  

Where would you like to travel next, and why? 

Tough question! A couple of places on my bucket list are Northern Norway to see the northern lights, Laos to visit its many temples, and to travel on the Trans Siberian Railway from Russia to China. 

What are your career plans? 

I intend to continue working with international, migrant and refugee students, helping them achieve their goals and empowering them. 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU? 

Get involved! Whatever interests you have, there will likely be a club or group on campus where you can meet like-minded people to keep exploring; and if it doesn't exist, remember: create it!

 

Hometown Pune, India

What is your major? Why did you choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?

 

Major: Information Systems

I love almost everything about it - Classes, opportunities to attend Symposiums and conferences, working on complex problems, everything!

Time and task management for group projects might be challenging as it depends on the people in the group but it gets sorted out by communication.

What are your hobbies and interests?

 

I love playing badminton.

I do sketching sometimes. I like reading. Currently I am reading ‘The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon’ by Brad Stone

What is your favorite place in the USA?

 

I haven’t travelled much but I really liked Chicago, Illinois.

What is your favorite place internationally?

 

I visited China recently and Shanghai is my favorite so far. That might change when I visit the other countries on my Travel List.

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

 

I would love to see Europe next!

What are your career plans?

 

The short term plan is to complete MS and my research.

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

   
 

Wai Lin Ng

ngwailin@iastate.edu

 

VAN LY

lybaovan@iastate.edu

Hometown: Selangor, Malaysia

 

What is your major? Why did you choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?

 

I am a senior in Event Management. My goal is to bring happiness and excitement to people's lives and I feel that events do just that. I like the different types of events i can organize such as concerts, festivals, carnivals, corporate events. The list is endless! The most challenging part about it is the deadlines. There can be no extensions because when the day of event comes, you'll need everything well planned and ready to go!

 

What are your hobbies and interests?

 

On my free time, I love dancing ballet and playing songs with the guitar. I also love traveling, scenic places and definitely the food!

 

What is your favorite place in the USA?

 

Chicago, Illinois! I had my internship there for 3 months during Summer 2017 and loved it.

 

What is your favorite place internationally?

 

Paris, France! I love the food and the famous landmarks!

 

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

 

Canada! I want to see Niagara Falls from the other side!

 

What are your career plans?

    

I plan to stay in the United States and get a job as an event planner for a few years and hopefully open my own business back in Malaysia.

 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

Be involved in as many campus activities as you can! You'll get to meet people and make new friends! The experience is amazing and I love every second of my university life here!

 

Hometown: Bac Lieu, Vietnam

 

What is your major? Why did you choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?

I major in architecture, where science meets art. I enjoy the process itself in architecture. You might have heard of the culture of working long hours in architecture, but it is rewarding to be able to successfully put ideas down on paper and bring buildings to real life after hours and hours of revising the design and solving technical issues. The most challenging thing to me is to balance out the impact of form and function in making design decision.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I like travelling, cooking, making stuffs, watching movies, swimming, growing miniature plants, and outdoor activities. Iowa has awesome lakes for hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping that you should definitely check out. Big Creek State Park and Okoboji Lake are some of them.

Favorite place in the USA?

My favorite place in the USA is San Francisco.

Favorite place internationally?

My favorite place internationally is my home country, Vietnam. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter  where you are but who you are with.

 

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

My next desirable stops: Grand Canyon, Netherlands, Egypt, and Japan.

 

What are your career plans?

I would like to practice in architecture for several years. Long term, I hope to do some business in design and/or real estates.

 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

My advice for new international students is to check out ISSO social events, get out of your home, ask questions, and seek help.
   
 

Wyatt "Sweet Lips" Waterbury

wjw@iastate.edu

 

Anna Nesterova

anna17@iastate.edu

Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon, USA

 

What is your major? Why did choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?

 

Student Affairs. I plan to work with international students in the future. The challenge is coming from a different culture than the students I work with, but this is also the best part!

 

What are your hobbies and interests?

Sports, hanging out with friends, KPOP AND KDRAMAS, telling very bad jokes.

 

What is your favorite place in the USA?

 

Oregon! the Pacific Northwest is the best!

 

What is your favorite place internationally?

 

Barcelona, Spain.

 

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

 

South Korea, so i can tryout to become the next biggest Kpop star.

 

What are your career plans?

 

Work with international students at a university, either in the United States, or preferably outside of the United States.

 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

 

Get Involved with as many things as you can! Your time here at Iowa State is limited, but the experiences you create will last a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Barnaul, Russia

 

What is your major? Why did you choose it? What do you like about it and what do you think is challenging about it?

 

My major is Higher Education Administration. I love working in education as the atmosphere and people are wonderful and it always encourages me to learn new things. As every Master degree, it is quite challenging as there are many projects to be involved in and deadlines to be met.

 

What are your hobbies and interests?

 

I love traveling, being outside enjoying the nature, watching movies, and just hanging out with my cat :)

 

What is your favorite place in the USA?

 

There are so many, and I still have a lot to visit. Among the U.S nature wonders, I was absolutely amazed by the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.

 

What is your favorite place internationally?

 

Definitely South East Asia- Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philipines.

 

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

 

Now that i am back stateside, I would like to explore more states in the U.S. Alaska sounds like a great adventure :)

 

What are your career plans?

 

I would like to get a job related to international education.

 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

 

Don't be afraid of changes and this big transition. It will be challenging at first but it will sure be one of your most memorable and rewarding experiences later on!

 

 

 
 

Smita Singh

smita@iastate.edu

 

Hometown: Lucknow, India

 

What is your major?

I am pursuing Doctorate in Hospitality Management.

 

What are your hobbies and interests?

Traveling and cooking

 

What is your favorite place in the USA?

Chicago

 

What is your favorite place internationally?

Paris

 

Where would you like to travel next, and why?

I would love to travel to Italy because it has the most inspring cultural treasuresand magnificent scenery.

 

What are your career plans?

Seek a teaching and research position in a research or academic institution after finishing PhD.

 

What advice will you give to the new international students who come to study at ISU?

The best way to get to know people in college is to get involved. There are a lot of ways to do that in college: join clubs, become a student ambassador or a volunteer. Not only will it help you get to know other students, but it helps you connect with faculty and even people outside of school.