The Office of International Services (OIS) offers a full range of resources for international students and scholars, including advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural and general matters.
OIS supports internationals in becoming acquainted and adjusted to a new culture through events and workshops that help facilitate the transition of international students into their new life at Vassar. OIS promotes the global perspective of our international students and engages the greater Vassar community through events, cultural programs, and workshops. Furthermore OIS prepares international students for future leadership by connecting them to a variety of Vassar student organizations that are valuable for self-empowerment.
Our goal is to make the international experience as productive, enjoyable, and successful as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our dedicated interns and staff. We are happy to address any concerns and problems that you might have.
The Office of International Services (OIS) is a great resource for the community of international students and scholars at Vassar. We provide a wide range of services such as assistance with visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural differences and matters related to transition. The international community at Vassar consists of 350 members including students, language fellows, professors, and scholars, under the statuses of F-1 and J-1 visas.
OIS collaborates with a wide variety of offices and organizations at Vassar, such as the International Studies Program, Office of International Programs, Vassar International Student Association (VISA), Office of Career Development, Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, and the various Student Growth and Engagement offices. This mutual collaboration provides unique programs and activities that fulfill the college’s mission and promote competent intercultural communication among all our students. In addition, the objective is to engage our international students with the wider Poughkeepsie community through various annual events.
Globalization requires that institutions of higher education prepare students to become global citizens and train them to identify with others. The objective is to intensify cross-cultural dialogue and work on issues that relate to miscommunication and cultural differences. For this purpose, we try our best to bridge diversity on campus and empower internationals to develop the necessary skills to thrive in a new culture. In addition, OIS partners with different Vassar Student Organizations and Student Growth and Engagement offices to involve all members of the campus community in cultural events, workshops, and other opportunities to spread global engagement and enrich diverse experiences on campus.