International Student Services


Welcome to the University of Bridgeport, International Student Services Office (ISSO) website. The International Student Services Office assists international students, scholars and their dependents in immigration matters and adjusting to life in the United States.

All new international students and scholars are required to report to this office for passport check-in upon arrival on campus. A mandatory immigration and personal safety information session is also required for all international students prior to initial registration. These meetings are offered at the start of the Spring and Fall semesters, and at the start of each English Language Institute session.

Information is provided on a wide range of topics including visas (maintaining status, travel and employment eligibility), financial questions, social and cultural differences, and personal concerns. To minimize the difficulties our international students and exchange visitors may experience upon arrival, we offer a cultural adjustment workshop during Orientation, monthly International Coffee Hour, bimonthly newsletter Diversity Crossroads, and information is available at the office throughout the semester. Each semester free seminars are held to provide professional advice by immigration attorneys. Prior to the tax return deadline, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is made available by ISSO staff and business students trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

We look forward to serving you.

For More Help

General questions can be answered through email or phone. For more assistance, please make an appointment to speak with an advisor at the International Student Services Office by calling (203) 576-4395.

If you have an emergency situation after business hours (such as being detained at an airport) and need immediate help, please call the Campus Security Office at (203) 576-4911 and request that the Director of International Student Services be called at home. This is only for emergency circumstances. If help can wait until the next business day (such as a visa refusal), please call the International Student Services Office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday (except holidays).