International Students and Scholars

328 O'Dowd Hall
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3358
Fax: (248) 370-3351

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International Students and Scholars

Welcome to the International Students and Scholars Office! 

Reach us at for general questions or to schedule an appointment with an international adviser. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is open from 8:00 AM to noon, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. In-person walk-in advising is Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

Get your questions answered at a weekly ISSO Shares via Google Meet every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, open to all international students and scholars. Check your Oakland University email for more information. 

If you are seeking an appointment for employment (CPT, OPT, OPT STEM), please note that these appointments are only scheduled after you complete the online process and application. For CPT, OPT and OPT STEM, you must:

  • Review the Employment page (REQUIRED).
  • If you need further assistance, attend a weekly ISSO Shares session (currently held on Google Meet every Thursday from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM) to get questions answered. Also, at the beginning and end of each semester we will have dedicated OPT and CPT sessions. Check your email for those dates.
  • Fill out the CPT, OPT or OPT STEM forms and gather the required documents. All forms and required documents can be found on the Employment page. Once submitted, the ISSO will send you an email confirming submission and steps for an appointment. ISSO will only schedule appointments after we receive a completed application from you and approval from your academic adviser or the Graduate School

For Change of Status or Reinstatement of Status, you must:

Continuing F1 Students Guide

New Incoming Students Guide


Orientation Info: Winter 2022 orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 4, location: Ballroom C of the Oakland Center 


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