Welcome to The International Students and Scholars Department
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Office Information

Director: Patrick O’Connell
Office: King Hall 207
Phone: 718-997-4440
Fax: 718-997-4429
Email: iss@qc.cuny.edu

Mission Statement

Each year, Queens College hosts 600 to 650 international students, scholars, and their dependents. The International Students and Scholars Office assists students and faculty in obtaining and maintaining the F-1 International Student and J-1 Exchange Visitor, U.S. Visa-Immigration Status for the purpose of studying, teaching, and/or conducting research at the college/university on a short-term basis.



Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours. For all matters, including requests to meet with an advisor, please click on the right to schedule an appointment or send an email to iss@qc.cuny.edu.​

Virtual Office Hours:


The International Students Community Club builds bridges between communities and cultivates a sense of harmony and solidarity among the many cultures on campus. The ISC was established with the purpose of bringing together international students from different walks of life and creating a home-away-from-home for them. By celebrating the uniqueness of each culture while emphasizing our shared values, our club helps students to adapt to life in the United States.

FAQ from our International Students

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions from our International Students.

  • Assistance with naturalization and other immigration-related cases.
  • Documents, procedures, and advice for obtaining and maintaining U.S., F-1 and J-1 International Student and Exchange Visitor Visa and Immigration Status.
  • U.S. employment advice and authorization.
  • Extension of educational stay at the college.
  • Travel advice and authorization for entering/re-entering the United States.
  • College/city orientation program for new students and scholars, including information on transportation, banking, U.S. Social Security Card, and New York State Driver’s License, and advice regarding health services and health insurance in the United States.
  • Information, and advice on legal, housing, financial, U.S. tax, cross-cultural and student affairs issues.
  • Special programs and events, including participation in the International Student Community Organization and the International Student Affairs Committee.