About ISSS

The International Student & Scholar Services Office (ISSS) serves approximately 750 international students from 77 countries who attend Mines.

The ISSS provides the following services:

  • Advise on immigration regulations by individual appointment and group seminars
  • Provide immigration forms required by international students and their dependents to travel outside the US
  • Organize orientation programs for entering international undergraduate, graduate and exchange students
  • Advise international student groups and connect international students with campus resources
  • Provide key pre-arrival and orientation information for incoming students, their dependents and scholars
  • Review specific legal documents related to international student employment and provide legal resources for further assistance

The ISSS also sponsors events and programs to help students adjust to life in the US and at Mines, and provides advising related to immigration, long-term planning, cultural integration, and general life situations. 

If you have questions about undergraduate international student admissions, graduate international student admissions, student billing, financial aid, or housing, please click on the links provided. For questions about international student life at Mines, please email isss@mines.edu

Mission Statement

The International Student & Scholar Services Office is dedicated to facilitating international education and cross-cultural exchanges at Colorado School of Mines. It is our mission to assist international students and scholars and advise about the benefits and regulations governing their immigration status to ensure they can successfully maintain their status while pursuing academic and professional endeavors at Mines.


The International Student and Scholar Services Office leads the university community in providing services and programs that facilitate the transitioning, integration, and retention of international students and scholars. Our intention is to make sure that we graduate global citizens, who are fully equipped and prepared to work anywhere in the world.

Our Values

Be knowledgeable about policies, regulations, and trends in international education. Develop and implement best practices from theory, research, and experience.

Intercultural Effectiveness
Embrace cultural differences and have the intercultural skills to work effectively with people from around the world. Use a holistic approach that respects the individual and their unique needs.

Provide services, advocacy, and support based on the unique needs and goals of each student.

Build strong partnerships to effectively share knowledge and perspectives, and maximize resources.

Adjust creatively to opportunities, changing federal regulations and campus goals.