International Services Office

April 14, 2022: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2022-23 academic year. You may read the official SEVP notice.

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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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Alison Roberts
Assistant Director, International Service Office

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Lily Swan
Director, International Service Office

American Language and Culture Program

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Catherine (Katie) Franklin
American Language and Culture Program, Program Manager

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Office Location

Engineering and Science Building
Suites 268-270B

Contact Us

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: Ahlam Al Mohammad

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Our student spotlight shines on international student Ahlam Al Mohammad.

  • Hometown: Homs, Syria
  • Year and major: First year master’s student in Electrical Engineering
  • Languages spoken: Arabic, English and French
What shocked you upon coming to the United States?
  • The wooden houses were very weird. I used to live in concrete houses.
  • The weather, especially in the summer, when it will rain suddenly.
  • Some vegetables, like cucumber and zucchini. They are totally different from Syrian vegetables.
What have you learned about yourself since arriving in the U.S.?

I have learned that both family and friends are very important for a better life.

What do you like best about Detroit Mercy and the U.S.?

The faculty are very welcoming and helpful. My professors are amazing. I am proud to be here. In general, society always encourages and helps you to do your best.

About Ahlam

Being different and making achievements have always been my dream. That is why I used to work hard to be the first student in my class. Studying here in the United States is a good opportunity for me to follow my goal and be different.