Office of International Students and Scholars

Welcome to the University of Rhode Island Community

Welcome to the OISS

On behalf of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), we extend our warmest congratulations on your decision to join the University of Rhode Island community.   The staff is available to assist you in becoming comfortable in your new environment. We will help you:

  • Understand and comply with regulations from the the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Exchange Visitor Program;
  • Prepare I-20 and DS-2019 forms for you and your dependents;
  • Understand and access other U.S. and local government agencies requirements and services;
  • Understand and communicate other URI administrative offices and services.

Remember to confirm  your arrival and submit copies of your immigration documents, provide a US address and phone, and proof of health insurance (J-1 and dependents) within 30 days of the beginning date noted on the I-20 or DS-2019. We recommend that you download and complete the OISS registration form and bring it with you during your first visit to the OISS.

We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Dania Brandford-Calvo, Director


    For those students, interns, research scholars and professors transferring their SEVIS program (e.g., academic degree, internship placement, research project, and/or teaching appointment) to URI from another US academic institution, follow the steps below:

    • Visit your current US international office and request a transfer of your SEVIS file to the OISS
    • Submit financial documents, biographical passport page, admission and/or invitation letter to join URI
    • Notify the OISS of the day of the SEVIS transfer

    All SEVIS transfers students MUST REPORT to the OISS within 15 days prior to the beginning of classes. 

    All SEVIS transfer research scholars and professors MUST REPORT to the OISS as soon as they reach the Kingston campus.

  • Non-Discrimination Statement

    It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or discriminate against disabled and Vietnam era veterans in the recruitment, admission or treatment of students, the recruitment, hiring or treatment of faculty and staff, and in the operation of its activities and programs, as specified by State and Federal Laws.

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