International Services Office


Winter 2021 enrollment will be required for all international students to maintain their F-1 student immigration status. While Detroit Mercy expects that the Fall 2020 guidance regarding online enrollment will continue to Winter 2021, it is not guaranteed. ISO will update this page immediately once SEVP posts new guidance for Winter 2021.


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What we do

  1. To educate and enforce immigration regulations mandated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State; ensure that Detroit Mercy and the international students that attend are in compliance.
  2. Provide immigration advising to newly admitted and current F and J visa holders.
  3. Create, enhance and promote cultural awareness in the Detroit Mercy community.
  4. Collaborate with academic and non-academic departments to enhance the international students experience at Detroit Mercy.

Newly Admitted Students

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Find important Information

Canadian Students

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Info for Canadian Citizens

Maintaining your status

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Maintaining F-1 Status

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    Our mission

    The ISO serves the Detroit Mercy community and the Detroit area and, in alignment with the greater Detroit Mercy mission, enriches the quality of life of all Detroit Mercy students, provides immigration and academic support to non-immigrant students and faculty, fosters cultural understanding and awareness through practical and creative experiences, and advances a campus culture that admires and celebrates the diversity of Detroit Mercy’s rich global viewpoints.

Meet the Staff

International Services

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Leyla Field
Assistant Director, International Services Office
313-993-3305
fieldlo@udmercy.edu

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Lily Swan
Director, International Service Office
313-993-3323
swanls@udmercy.edu

American Language and Culture Program

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Catherine (Katie) Franklin
American Language and Culture Program, Program Manager
313-993-3320
franklca1@udmercy.edu

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Office Location

Engineering and Science Building
Suites 268-270B

Contact Us

Email: iso@udmercy.edu
Phone: 313-993-1205
Fax: 313-993-1192
Mailing address:
International Services Office
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Student Spotlight: AmirReza Radmanesh

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Our Student Spotlight shines on international student AmirReza Radmanesh!

  • Hometown: Isfahan, Iran
  • Year & Major: Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
  • Languages Spoken: Persian, English

“A few years ago, before I came to Detroit Mercy, I didn’t realize how fantastic being in such an environment could be. I would describe my life here in two parts:

The first part is being a Research Assistant at the College of Engineering & Science in the heat transfer and fluid mechanics lab. For the very first time, Detroit Mercy is working on nanofluid applications and I am working to build a decent Nano lab as a part of my Ph.D. research. Currently, wrapping up the initial phase of the experimental setup is my priority.

The second part is being an employee and working on campus as a graduate assistant for the International Students Office and Residence Life. The diversity of international and domestic students is so great and I am thrilled to be a part of Res Life with all of the challenges and joys that it brings.”

What shocked you upon coming to the U.S.?

The first stop was Chicago O’Hare airport which is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. It was really shocking to see one of the busiest airports.

What have you learned about yourself since arriving in the United States?

  • How to establish my personal life far away from family
  • How to dream big and work hard
  • How to interact with others from different cultures

What do you like best about Detroit Mercy and the United States?

  • I like the friendly people
  • I like the kindness and helpfulness of others when you need someone.
  • I love the diverse lifestyle and democracy of people.