International Student and Scholar Services

Director: Christina Luther

Associate Director: Jill Townley

101 East Hall, 503-725-4094

International Student and Scholar Services staff work with admitted international students, visiting scholars, and international faculty. The office is a central source of information on the services and programs available to these groups. The office works closely with sponsoring agencies, diplomatic missions, and other government agencies to resolve academic, financial, immigration and adjustment issues.

Services and programs offered to international students, scholars and faculty include:

  • An intensive orientation program for all incoming international students and faculty.
  • Provision of immigration assistance for students, visiting scholars, exchange students and scholars.
  • Three scholarship programs specifically for international students.
  • Sponsorship of a wide variety of educational and social events for international students and scholars with University and community groups, including a mentoring program which matches new international students with returning students.
  • Weekly or quarterly workshops on issues affecting internationals, such as insurance, work permission, taxes, etc.
  • A weekly International Coffee Hour open to all PSU students, staff, and faculty.
  • Advising for faculty and staff regarding the invitation and employment of international faculty.
  • Preparation of Labor Certification applications on behalf of international faculty.
  • Advising of international faculty (and their dependents) on regulations and procedures for maintaining legal status, travel, employment authorization, and other issues.
  • Administration of the summer International Visiting Professor (IVP) program.
For more information about staff and services, please visit our websites: and

For information about international student admissions, contact the Office of Admissions at 503-725-3511 or

For information about English as a Second Language (ESL), contact the Intensive English Language Program in the Department of Applied Linguistics, University Center Building Suite 400, 503-725-4088 or