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:

  • Admission of Undergraduate International Students
  • Advise on immigration regulations by individual appointment and group seminars
  • Prepare legal documents that allow international students to gain work experience through a period of training
  • Provide forms required by international students and their dependents to travel outside the US
  • Process legal documents required for the admission of all international students (including undergraduate, graduate, special, exchange, and visiting students)
  • Organize orientation programs for entering international undergraduate, graduate and exchange students
  • Advise various international student groups, such as International Student Council, Indonesian Student Association, Kuwait Student Association and others
  • Provide key pre-departure and arrival information for incoming students, their dependents and scholars.

The ISSS also sponsors events and programs to help students adjust to life in the US and at Mines, and provides counseling related to emergencies and unexpected immigration problems.

If you have questions about international student admissions, degree programs, billing, financial aid, or housing, please visit those specific Mines pages. Please send other questions and comments about international student life at Mines to mcramer@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 and inform international students and scholars of the privileges and stipulations mandated by federal regulations in a timely and practical manner to ensure they successfully maintain their status and have a positive experience 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 wherever they choose to live.

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 multiple identities based on race, class, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs, ability, and ethnicity.

Provide services, advocacy, and support based on individuals’ unique needs and goals.

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

Adjust creatively to opportunities and changing needs.