International Services Office

April 26, 2021: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 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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Leyla Field
Assistant Director, International Services 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

Norwegian student-athlete finds a home at Detroit Mercy


Before this year, Daniel Larsson had never been to Michigan. He had only visited the United States a couple times growing up.

Yet Larsson was eager to take a leap of faith by moving to another country to continue his academic and athletic career. He left his home in Lommedalen, Norway, to study at University of Detroit Mercy, where he is a freshman Business Administration major and a defender on the men’s soccer team.

“I mainly chose Detroit Mercy because I felt it was the best school for me to combine my athletics with my academics,” Larsson said. “I felt this school really fit me well.”

Several factors went into Larsson’s college decision. He wanted to attend a university that wasn’t too big, but was close to the city. Having things to do around campus was important. And, of course, he wanted to play soccer.

Detroit Mercy checked all of those boxes, and Larsson is relishing the experience so far.

“It’s been really good, actually,” he said. “I really enjoy how my day-to-day life is going right now, with school in the morning and then practice at night.”

Adjusting to life in another country isn’t always easy. There are differences, Larsson says, but overall, the transition has gone well.

“I feel like I’ve made a lot of friends and have become really tight with the things around the University and community, and all the places around Detroit,” he said. “Detroit does not have the greatest reputation around the world, but it’s actually pretty nice. It’s much different than what people say.”

Larsson appreciates Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy values and how the University is “open to other religions as well.”

As a Titan student-athlete, Larsson spends extensive time at Calihan Hall and Titan Field. His favorite spot on the McNichols Campus, though, is the Titan Dining Room, where he can get a bird’s eye view of the fountain.

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