UMD: A Globally Connected University

Welcome New Students!

International Student Scholar Services, ISSS, welcomes all new international students to The University of Maryland College Park (UMD).  Our office is here to support and assist you during your time at UMD, but especially as you transition to UMD.  You are joining University of Maryland College Park’s large and well established international community. UMD enrolls more than 5,000 international students.  The University has a proud past stretching back to 1856 and graduating its first international student in 1891, Pyon Su.  UMD now welcomes international students from all parts of the globe.   It is with this strong tradition that we welcome you to create your future.

ISSS recognizes the contributions made by international students that enrich our classrooms, campus and community. The office coordinates programs that serve international students, faculty, and visitors at UMD. Our advising staff is aware of the demands associated with relocating to a new country and adjusting to a new culture and we are here to serve you.  Some of our services include:

  • International Student Orientation
  • Advising and assisting with immigration issues
  • Programming on educational, cultural and social issues
  • Connecting you to other campus departments and the greater College Park community

UMD Orientation Programs are designed to help introduce you to the campus, your academic department and the campus services available to you while you study here. 

Thank you and best wishes,

Susan-Ellis Dougherty
Director, ISSS