Scheduling Appointments with ISSO Scholar Services

The Scholar Services Team remains committed to advising and assisting our international scholar and employee community during this challenging time. At this time, we continue to provide assistance and services remotely and are not available for walk-in appointments at the ISSO. Please contact your ISSO Advisor via e-mail to request an appointment. It would be helpful if you could provide some details about your inquiry so that we can determine how much time to schedule with you. We are always happy to to meet you via Zoom, Teams or to have a telephone call so let us know your preference.

New scholars and employees who are not in the J-1 exchange visitor classification will need to connect with us prior to commencing their BU appointment so that we can help with the overall BU onboarding process and complete the I-9 employment verification as necessary. Please contact your scholar advisor for additional instructions and paperwork that will be required for us to complete this processing.

New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation

All new J-1 scholars are required to check-in with the ISSO during one of our weekly remote New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation sessions. These on-line sessions occur every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. Registration for the orientation is required so please contact your Scholar Advisor once you arrive in the U.S. so that we can send you the registration details, instructions about the next steps in your BU onboarding process and helpful information that will be discussed in more detail during your scheduled session. Please notify the ISSO upon your arrival in the U.S. so that so we can send you details and instructions that will enable you to schedule your attendance at a session as soon as possible after your arrival.

The check-in and orientation usually lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on the time of year, number of attendees and how many questions you have, so please plan accordingly and arrive on-time. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to BU’s diverse international community!