International Student Advising and Support
All University offices and services are available to support students whether domestic or international. Not sure where to start? We can help!
- Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) is your campus resource for all legal and status inquiries, including visas and employment, and they are also an excellent resource for campus and local referrals and assistance with acclimating to life in the United States and at Brown.
- International Mentoring Program (IMP), a peer mentoring program sponsored by Campus Life and Student Services. While primarily focused on first-year undergraduates, any student with a question is encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, reach out to one of the mentors.
- Global Brown Community & Support (GBCS) is Brown’s "one-stop" global referral system designed to help international students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus in addressing their needs.
There are over 400 student organizations at Brown and many that address cultural and/or global issues. Various cultural and/or regional organizations vary as to whether they focus on the domestic United States, international, or both. Near the start of each term there is an Activities Fair involving many of these groups.
Several groups that address the international student community more specifically are:
- Brown International Organization (BRIO), an undergraduate organization open to graduate and medical students
- Buxton International House
- International Mentoring Program (IMP)
Health and Wellness
Food and Nutition
For any student college can mean a significant change in food choices and eating habits. The following resources can help you navigate these changes.
- Brown Dining Services
- Health Education's Nutrition and Eating Concerns
- Brown Dining's Nutrition and Healthy Eating
- On staff nutritionist, Annie Buffington (part of the staff of Health Education)
Brown Health Services offers a variety of medical services to students. An annual health services fee is charged to all students to cover the cost of providing care at Health Services. However, this fee does not include health insurance.
Please also refer to the section of this site about Health Insurance.
University life brings with it challenges in many areas: academic, emotional, family, cultural, social. It is not unusual for students to develop concerns about these areas at some point in their time at Brown. It is a sign of strength to seek help when concerns become particularly troublesome or interfere with the student’s academic or social functioning. Counseling and Psychological Services is a safe and confidential place for students to talk about any concern. Students can also make an appointment with a Student Support Services dean to discuss any non-academic issue that may be impacting his/her academic experience.
Brown's Department of Athletics and Physical Education offers a broad array of physical fitness opportunities, including organized sports at various levels (varsity, club, and recreational) and fitness classes and centers.
News and Information
Diversity Centers and Resources
- Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (University Hall, 4th Floor): Provides leadership for the formulation and oversight of policies related to pluralism and equity and initiates programs and practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and fair treatment for all members of the Brown community, including national and ethnic origin.
- Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, OCRL (J. Walter Wilson, 4th Floor): Works to ensure that a diversity of beliefs has voice and vitality throughout the University community. OCRL sponsors programs, coordinates a broad set of chaplains and affiliates that advise a breadth of spiritual traditions, and is a gateway to resources related to religious, faith, and spiritual life on campus.
- Sarah Doyle Women's Center, SDWC (22 Benevolent Street): Seeks to provide a comfortable, yet challenging place for students, faculty, and staff to examine the multitude of issues around gender.
- Student and Employee Accessibility Services, SEAS (20 Benevolent Street): Works with any member of the Brown community who may need accommodations or services due to a disability or medical condition. They are also available to meet with individuals who are wondering if they may have a disability or would benefit from an evaluation or more information.
- The LGBTQ Center (Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 3rd Floor): Provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services and works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large.
- The Brown Center for Students of Color, BCSC (68 Brown Street): The BCSC is a student-focused center designed to provide students of color with a base for social, academic, administrative, cultural, and organizational support. While their work is primarily focused on domestic students, various programs and resources of the BCSC can assist and enrich the experience of any student.
- The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs, J. Walter Wilson Room 317 (69 Brown Street): The office is available to support the experience of all student veterans, including students who have served in the military for countries other than the United States.