Director: Tamara Byland Contact Information
International Student Affairs (ISA) recruits, admits, orients, advises and retains international students and scholars. International students are defined as those students who have entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa or have a U.S. permanent resident application pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
UMKC is authorized by federal law to issue form I-20 and DS-2019 to nonimmigrant students and is responsible for ensuring adherence to institutional and federal regulations.
ISA evaluates international transcripts to determine admissibility by converting international credits and grades and determining recognition status of international institutions in comparison to regional accreditation in the U.S.
For more information on international admissions please see Undergraduate International Student Admission Policies and Graduate International Student Admissions Policies.
ISA provides international students, scholars and their families with a successful and productive experience at UMKC and Kansas City, promotes and supports cultural opportunities, and provides social and cultural programming.
ISA supports student success by providing: pre-departure and post-arrival orientation, student blogs, optional and curricular practical training assistance, F & J visa advising, referrals to campus services, partnerships with academic advisors, and support for campus nationality groups, the International Student Ambassador Program, and much more.
Programming supported by ISA includes: New Student Orientation, Culture Night, and campus and community cultural events.
Those who have been granted asylum or refugee status in the United States or individuals who have been granted Permanent Residence or DACA status will apply for admission through the UMKC Admissions Office located in the Administrative Center.