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International Student Affairs (OISA)

Who says north is up? The world, like a ball, has no top. Top is a matter of habit, convention, and emphasis. Our lives are enriched when we see things from a different point of view. 

The OISA supports the educational experience of international Grinnellians, in recognition of their unique cultural, social, and regulatory needs and contributions.

International and global-nomad students compose a vibrant presence at Grinnell. These individuals accomplish their own educational and professional goals, and they also enrich our campus, our community, and our curriculum. The OISA supports their Grinnell journey regardless of faith tradition, nationality, or citizenship status. We work in close partnership with Intercultural Affairs, the CRSSJ, the Institute for Global Engagement, the International Student Association (ISO), and many other campus and community partners!

Ongoing cultural programming, immigration compliance and regulatory advising, and academic and social support or referrals, help international Grinnellians make the most of their educational experience. Through the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP), an active Friends of International Students (FIS) community host program, the Cultural Attaché Program, and continued relationship building, the OISA works to help students from abroad feel at home in Grinnell.

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Coming to Grinnell as an International Student


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Department Information

(641) 269-9776

Humanities and Social Studies Center
1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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