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  • New International Student Orientation

    Wednesday, August 17, 2022

    New International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students holding non-immigrant visas and/or with pending permanent residency. The session will address unique content to cover restrictions and benefits to your visa status, the academic system and student services offered at the University of Houston, as well as American friendship patterns, language, and cultural adjustment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about things you have encountered and did not understand. You will be able to meet students from your home country, as well as other international students.

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Welcome to ISSSO

To better protect students, faculty, and staff from COVID-19, ISSSO staff will continue to work remotely to assist you, by telephone (713/743-5065) and email during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We do not accept walk-ins without being pre-arranged. Please email your documents and inquiries to

Please submit documents under 5MB if possible. It is best to use a phone app such as Cam Scanner to submit documents in PDF format and indicate your UH/Student ID in the subject line. Use this email for:

  • Any ISSSO related questions. ISSSO staff will follow up with your inquiries with instructions. And questions will be assigned to an advisor if necessary. Admission questions should be directed to either or
  • To submit all ISSSO related applications and documents such as CPT, RCL, OPT STEM Extension, I-20 Program Extensions, Travel Endorsements, etc. You can schedule an appointment with an advisor online, but all appointments will be remote. The advisor will contact you in advance with instructions.

To request a re-print I-20/DS-2019 with the travel endorsement, please email with a travel endorsement request form. Alumni on OPT/OPT-X will be required to pay an additional $10 for a reprint of an I-20 with a payment being sent to ISSSO with a payment coupon.

If you have an urgent matter needing to see an ISSSO staff, please call or email us to make the arrangement.

International Student and Scholar Services advance the goals of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services by providing for the special needs of international students and exchange visitors related to their status as non-immigrants of the United States. It fulfills the University of Houston's responsibility to comply with the laws and regulations of the U.S. government and promotes internationalization through comprehensive services and programs.


  • Student Appointments

    To better protect students, faculty, and staff from COVID-19, all appointments will be remote. The advisor will contact you in advance with instructions.

  • Faculty Assistance

    Resources for international faculty and scholars.

  • Financial Support

    Information on available scholarships and emergency aid.

  • Optional Practical Training

    Optional Practical Training (OPT) is defined in the regulations as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study."

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  • Phone & Fax

    Phone: (713) 743-5065
    Fax: (713) 743-5079

  • Address

    University of Houston
    International Student and Scholar Services
    Student Center North. Room 203
    4465 University Dr.
    Houston, TX 77204-3024

  • Office Hours

    Monday – Friday
    8:00 am – 5:00 pm