U.S. schools have an office or at least a staff member responsible
for international-student matters. These offices have different
names on different campuses. Possibilities include International
Student and Scholar Services, International Education Services,
International Education, and some others. You can search
your school’s web site for the office’s name
if it is not in the information the school sent you.
ISOs are normally responsible for orientation
programs for new foreign students, helping students comply
with U.S. immigration laws and regulations, fulfilling federal “reporting
requirements” concerning foreign students, encouraging
educational interactions between foreign and domestic students,
and many other matters.
Other offices whose sites you might want to
review include student health, student activities,
recreation, and housing.
Most U.S. colleges and universities have an office concerned with housing or
residential services. Housing-office functions differ from one school to another.
Sometimes their only role is to administer student housing that the school
owns. Other times they compile information about off-campus (that is, non-institutional)
housing. The housing office’s web site will explain its function.
Finally, you may be able to read the
school’s student newspaper on line, and learn about
the campus from that less formal source
here to see a list of the names of many U.S. student newspapers.