The Texas A&M University student population is comprised of a diverse group of students that includes more than 6,000 international students from nearly 130 nations. International Student Services (ISS) administers a wide variety of services to the international community of Texas A&M. The mission of ISS is to facilitate international students’ admittance to the United States, to assist international students’ transition to life in the United States and at Texas A&M, to promote interactions between the U.S. and international populations, and to provide services necessary to meet the special needs of international students.
To facilitate this mission, ISS serves as an information resource for all partners in the international education process, those both on campus and off. In addition to issuing documents for students to obtain non-immigrant visas to study at the University, the office works with other University departments concerning admissions and enrollment. International students are provided with counseling and information in the areas of immigration, employment, financial issues, medical insurance, adjustment to the U.S., and income taxes.
ISS strives to foster international awareness and an appreciation of all cultures by promoting cultural exchange between Texas A&M’s domestic and international populations through activities such as dinners, seminars, visiting lecturers, and country displays. ISS also provides support to the more than 65 international student organizations on campus. Those interested in joining an international student organization can contact ISS for more information.
Did you know that...
A&M international graduate have gone on to become heads of state in two countries - Bolivia (2001-2002 - Jorge Quiroga Ramirez '81
) and Panama - (2004 - current - Martin Torrijos Espino '87
First known international student, Helge Ness
from Norway, graduated from Texas A&M in 1889 and then taught on campus. Ness is the first in America to produce hybrid Oaks. Several of his trees can still be found on campus
The first touchdown ever scored by an Aggie in the history of the school came in a game against Galveston on Thanksgiving Day in 1894. The person who scored the touchdown was N. Valdez, class of 1896
. Valdez was a civil engineering major from Hidalgo, Mexico.
In 1967, international student, Shanti A. Kudchadker
, from Mumbai, India is the first woman ever to graduate with a Ph.D. from Texas A&M.
In 1913, Mu Xiang-yue
(H.Y. Moh), came to Texas A&M University to pursue a Master's degree. He is the first known Chinese student to attend the University. He returned to Shanghai to become a cotton manufacturer.
In 1923, Taro Kishi
is the first Japanese student at Texas A&M to play football in the Southwest Conference.
The services necessary to accomplish the office mission are as diverse as the student population itself. However, there are six general areas of services available:
- Immigration Services and Advising
- Personal Advising
- Liaison for International Students
- Community and Campus Outreach Activities
- Special Programs for International Students
- Administration of Scholarships, Grants and Loan Programs exclusively for International Students