Seattle University’s International Student Center (ISC) is the home away from home for our diverse international campus population. Our center is the main resource for creating a bridge between U.S. and international students. For our faculty and staff, we offer tools for supporting our international students’ academic, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual pathways. Celebrating our international student population provides vital perspectives that broaden the entire university’s cultural and global awareness as we all seek to promote equity and social justice within and between nations.
On this page, you will find information about the services our office provides to support international students. We offer resources for a variety of immigration-related issues to ensure our students remain in compliance with federal policy and law within the United States Customs and Immigration Services.
Please contact our staff with any questions you may have. We’re here for you.
Hello!! My name is Ahmed (silent H), and I am from Saudi Arabia. I am majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since I came to the US, meeting new people from different countries has been a great pleasure to me, which was why I chose to work at ISC. My goal at SU is to make as many friends from different countries as possible (also to finish my bachelor’s). Say hi to me when you see me!
Hi! My name is Victoria Demmene and I’m a Programming Assistant here at the ISC. I was born and raised in Norway, and moved recently to the US to play volleyball and study at Seattle University. I’m majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology, but I have no idea what I want to do with it after college! In my spare time I love reading, working out and being with my friends. I love learning new things, so I enjoy travelling/being outdoors, meeting people, and trying new food. I also love a good conversation, so say hi if you see me!
Hello! My name is Dalaysone Rassavong (Tiffany). I was born and raised in Vientiane, Laos and moved to Seattle in 2017 to pursue my academic career. I am currently a Pre-Major here at SeattleU and am interested in the business majors. Although I have no clue what I want to do in the future, but one thing for sure that I will do is work hard and support my family! I love trying out new things (especially food) and Seattle is the best place for me to explore all the new things! I will be working at the ISC office as a Desk assistant, so please swing by if you have any questions. I’d love to assist and meet you all!
Hello!! My name is Misato Muraoka and I am one of the new Programming Assistants here at the ISC. I am from Menlo Park, California (about a 45 minute drive south from San Francisco) but I was raised in a Japanese household, so my first language is Japanese. I am double majoring in International Business and Business Analytics, and I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate! I like to eat and sleep (who doesn't) but I not very good at cooking and I have a lofted bed which sometimes discourages me from climbing up to take naps... Anyways! Welcome to the ISC and please stop by to grab some coffee and say hi!
Hello, my name is Eunice Lubemba and I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am a Desk Assistant and a Global Ambassador at the ISC. I am majoring in Electrical Engineering, class of 2020. I love trying new food, especially Thai food. I spend my free time watching movies, tv shows and funny videos. Say hi when you see me, I’d love to meet y’all.
Hi! My name is DK, short for Dong Ki, which is my Korean name. I am a Desk Assistant at the ISC. I was born in Korea and at the age of four I moved to England and grew up in North London, after that I moved to New York and now I am in Seattle. So for me, Korean was actually my second language. I am majoring in marketing, and in the future I would love to be working as a marketing coordinator for Nike. I love to cook in my free time, listen to music, watch movies, go on nice long walks, play soccer, and also collect sneakers. So if there are any fellow sneakerheads, let’s talk! Welcome to ISC and I hope to get to know you guys better!
Hello! My name is Amanda Zheng, and I am a Programming Assistant here at the ISC office! I was born in China and I moved to the States at the age of 13. I finished middle school and high school in Denver, Colorado and then I came to Seattle for college. I am majoring in computer science and my hope is to master what I learn. For me, school is not just about passing the classes, it is about how much you learn, even outside of textbooks; from your professor, your peers, and all of the amazing opportunities you get from being a student. Get out there and get involved! You never know when the perfect opportunity is waiting for you right around the corner.
Throughout the year, ISC hosts a large number of events, ranging from 5 to 400 participants. All our events provide leadership and community opportunities for both international and domestic students to gain experience in event planning, facilitation, marketing, cooking and more.
If you are an international student seeking employment at the university, you can work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
“When you’re here, you are like family and we want you, our international community, to feel that the ISC is your home away from home”
“ISC plays a pivotal role in creating a sense of community for students from different countries, helping them achieve better understanding of different cultures and backgrounds.”
“Being part of the ISC family provides so much joy, laughter, and learning. We love getting to know our students and helping to provide a welcoming community through our events.”
“The ISC is the place for you to find community, understanding, and advocacy for your unique and valuable global experience. Here we go beyond just your I-20s and visas and appreciate you holistically.”
Over 10% of Seattle U's students are international students
China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Canada
The majority of Seattle U's international students are undergraduates
Finance, Management, Accounting, Business Analytics, and Computer Science
64% of int'l students study in Albers School of Business and Economics. 16% in the College of Arts and Sciences and another 16% in the College of Science and Engineering.
—The Wall Street Journal, Higher Education College 2018 Rankings