The International Student Services Office (ISSO) at Onondaga Community College facilitates international students’ transition to a student’s life in Syracuse, NY. We provide various programs and services to meet international students' special needs.

The ISSO is a “Home Away From Home” for international students. We serve two groups of students: International Students, referred to as those students who are here on a non-immigration visa– F-1 student visa and ESOL (English For Speakers of Other Languages) students, referred to as those who are eligible to establish permanent residency in the United State through their immigrant and refugee status.

We look forward to welcoming you to join more than 500 international and ESOL students representing nearly 60 countries who attend OCC each year.


To assist international and ESOL students’ transition to life in the U.S. and at OCC, to promote international education and interactions between the U.S. and international populations, and to provide necessary services to meet the special needs of international and ESOL students.

Services Available:

  • Provides expertise and support to F-1 visa students throughout the US visa application process and offering advisement on the maintenance of US legal status, employment, reinstatement, change of status, program changes and other immigration related matters.
  • Provides and clarifies college policies and procedures to international and ESOL students
  • Assists students in accessing campus and community resources.
  • Coordinates extra academic help for international/ESOL students
  • Provides assistance and guidance on cultural adjustment and socialization issues
  • Provides and encourages leadership and volunteer opportunities
  • Organizes and promotes cultural exchange and international educational programs and activities to promote international education to OCC community
  • Coordinates community outreach programs for OCC international students and their families
  • Provides information and assistance regarding banking, housing, health insurance, U.S. citizenship application and other settling/adjustment concerns and issues
  • Provides leadership opportunities to International Students Club members and OCC student leaders.

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