International Students

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The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) promotes, provides, and supports international and intercultural educational opportunities for the Lincoln University community and others by serving as information and advising resource, providing international student and scholar services and coordinating special projects.

Support Services
OIPS provides several support services to LU’s international community. These include visa and immigration assistance, personal counseling, and orientation to academic and social life in the U.S. OIPS also facilitates the integration of international students and scholars into the Lincoln community and promotes awareness of the important contributions of this group to the mission and international character of the University. Finally, OPIS serves as a resource center for information often needed by members of the international and University communities, and functions as an advocate for international students, staff and scholars.

General Services
OIPS provides numerous services and activities to assist international students, staff and faculty with a variety of needs. We publish a calendar once each semester, organize informational meetings with non-University resource people, and maintain information on international student financial aid sources.

Immigration Counseling
OIPS advisors assist students, with F-1, visa and immigration concerns. The office provides assistance with visa extensions, transfers, and application procedures for admission to the University.

Cultural Adjustment Programming
OIPS advisors provide guidance and support to ease the adjustment to life in a new country. This guidance begins with a specialized orientation program for new international students. Orientation is offered at the beginning of each semester. Students are acclimated to U.S. life and culture while learning about the academic environment at L.U. Individual and group orientation sessions are provided to international students upon their arrival to the University.

OIPS advisors provide limited personal counseling services to members of the University’s international community. OIPS offers assistance with personal concerns and makes referrals to appropriate University and community resources.

Intercultural Programs
OIPS are advisors for two university organizations ISA (International Students Association) and CSA (Caribbean Students Association) that sponsor and participate in many activities to increase awareness of the international and intercultural nature of Lincoln University. These activities include International Week, and activities of regional student organizations.

External Activities
OIPS maintains contacts with educational and civic groups to enhance international education opportunities for the University’s international community.