Office Information:

The International Office is located on the 3rd floor of the Center for Liberal Arts (CLA). Phone: Sharon Albee, Office Coordinator  556.2770   Robyn Walter, International Student & Scholar Advisor  556.3190


The office is open Monday through Friday, 8am-12noon, 1pm-4:30pm.

The University and Office is closed during the winter break, typically 12/24-1/4.


If you have a quick question feel free to use Robyn’s Drop-In hours:

Monday 3-4pm; Tuesday 1:30-3pm, Thursday and Friday, 10am-11:30am.


If you have a complex question or concern, please schedule an appointment to ensure that you will have sufficient time to discuss your situation.


If you need a letter for travel, to affirm your student status, or to affirm your local address, please email Robyn ( with your request. Typically this letter will be available and waiting for you to pick up the next day at the front desk of the International Office.


Important Resources:

Writing Center is located on the 1st floor or Ames Library.  Trained tutors and a professional ESL tutor are available to international students to assist with writing papers. International students find this resource to be immensely helpful as faculty at American universities have expectations that are generally quite different than teachers in their home countries.  Learn more about the Writing Center here


Counseling and Consultation Services is located on the lower level of Magill Hall, accessed from the back of the building. This confidential and free counseling service provides emotional support to students who might be home-sick, struggling with anxiety, depression, loss of a relationship or other concerns. Seeking counseling services for support is a very accepted practice in the United States, and is not viewed as shameful or negative.  Learn more about Counseling and Consultation Services here


Arnold Health Services are the health services available to students. It is generally best to start by consulting a health professional at Arnold Health Services rather than going to a hospital emergency room. Learn more about this resource here


Hart Career Center is a highly used excellent resource to help you: determine the best major for you, talk to professionals in your field of interest, explore internships on and off campus, create and polish your resume, cover letter, describe and help you prepare for a US interview, search for and apply to graduate programs, search for and apply to jobs. The Career Center is well-utilized by international students beginning early in their stay on campus!


Visa Information

To remain compliant with your visa you must:

*be enrolled as a full-time student (with 3 or 4 classes)

*be making satisfactory progress toward your degree

*work no more than 20 hours per week on campus, if you are employed

*inform the DSO (Robyn Walter) of any changes in your address or major

*NOT work off campus without first applying for OPT (optional practical training)



Spring Final Exams Schedule


Helpful Links

OPT Quarterly Check-In

OPT students are expected to check-in within ALL of the following time frames: January 1-10, April 1-10, July 1-10, October 1-10, AND when an address or employment change occurs

Change of Address Form

Break Keys

2015-2016 Academic Calendar


Travel Help

Peoria Charter Coach

Red Top Cab
(309) 827-9707