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Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS)

Office of International Students and Scholar Services
J. Walter Wilson, Suite 510
69 Brown Street
Brown University Box 1906
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2427
(401) 863-7543, fax

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) is a resource for admitted international students with questions – even before they arrive on campus. On behalf of Brown University, OISSS issues applicable immigration documents to international students and scholars and guides them through processes such as employment, taxation, Social Security card and driver’s license applications, all of which require dealing with various governmental agencies. In addition, OISSS offers assistance with the navigation of the geography and culture of the University and the exploration of the many places and ways of life that make the United States unique. The Office maintains close relationships with the Graduate School, the CareerLAB and the Office of Student Life. Externally, OISSS is regularly in touch with government officials to keep abreast of policy and regulatory changes affecting its international clientele and to address specific issues.

OISSS provides a special orientation for incoming international graduate students and sponsors informational programs throughout the year. The office works with the International House of Rhode Island, whose program activities includes a weekly lunch for international students, scholars, and their families and regular social activities throughout the year.

Students are encouraged to set up an appointment by calling (401) 863-2427 or to stop by the OISSS office during the open advising hours for brief consultations (Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). For further information and upcoming events please visit the OISSS website.

English for International Teaching Assistants

English for International Teaching Assistants
Brown University Box 1982
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3043
(401) 863-2551, fax

The English for International Teaching Assistants (ITA) program evaluates the English language proficiency of non-native English speaking graduate students who have been awarded teaching assistantships. If a student’s English language skills do not meet the minimum standards of certification, provisional approval of the appointment may be made on the condition that the student enroll in an English-language training course during the first semester of the appointment and be assigned to other duties that will prepare them for teaching.

During the academic year, the ITA program offers non-credit ESL courses (English for Internationals) that are designed to improve the spoken English language skills of international graduate students. The ITA program is a part of the Center for Language Studies (CLS). CLS also oversees the Language Partners Program, a conversation exchange program in which students whose first language is not English are paired with native English speakers so that both can develop their second language skills.

NOTE: Students who have not been certified at the appropriate level for the classroom or laboratory will not be supported as teaching assistants during the first year.

International House of Rhode Island, Inc.

International House of Rhode Island, Inc.
8 Stimson Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 421-7181
(401) 751-9733, fax
Risa Gilpin, Executive Director

International House of Rhode Island promotes friendship, connection, learning, and global understanding by bringing people together from around the world for cross-cultural exchange. Located just a few blocks from the Brown campus, International House of Rhode Island, Inc. is an independent non-profit, community-based organization whose purpose is to encourage friendship and understanding between citizens of Rhode Island and international visitors. International House offers English language classes and tutoring, foreign language classes, orientation to activities, help negotiating needs while in Rhode Island, and cultural events and programs. They also offer an International Friendship Program, which pairs international visitors with an individual or family host in Rhode Island, who can help you to get settled and learn about American customs and culture. International House provides a “home-away-from-home.” For more information please contact us by phone or e-mail.

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