Get involved

Emory offers a wide variety of opportunities to help students, scholars, their families and partners get involved and feel a sense of belonging at Emory. ISSS can also help you connect with the wider global community at Emory through cultural, educational and social events as well as intercultural competency and leadership training. 

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Visit our events calendar for details on upcoming events and to sign up. 

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ISSS Event Series Menu

International Student Welcome Reception

ISSS and the Office of International Advancement and Constituent Engagement (OIACE) host a special event each fall to welcome our international students. Check your email for an invitation and please join us!

Passport to Emory

An overseas pre-departure orientation program for newly admitted undergraduate and graduate/professional international students and their families. This program offers incoming students and their families an opportunity to meet representatives from Emory University and helps students prepare for their Emory experience before they ever leave home.

Windows to the World

Windows to the World is an event series designed to celebrate the diversity within the Emory community and to increase mutual understanding and intercultural awareness. Different countries, cultures and holidays will be spotlighted at each event.

Intercultural Learning for Faculty and Staff

ISSS provides courses and workshops for faculty and staff to enhance intercultural competency, to develop intercultural communication skills, and to equip faculty with an increased ability to meet the needs of a diverse student body in their teaching and research endeavors. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for a course through ELMS.

ISSS Lunch & Learn Series 

The ISSS Lunch & Learn learning series is offered during the academic year to support department administrators by providing opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills related to hosting and managing international scholars/employees. Each series session takes an in-depth look at an aspect of the scholar request and management processes. Attendees also learn more about the host/employer responsibilities and underlying government regulations. Participants actively engage in discussion and share their own tips and best practices.

Culture and Conversation

Culture and Conversation offers an opportunity to learn about US culture, learn new English phrases, share your own culture and make new friends. It is open to international students, scholars, and their family/partners. 

International Coffee Hour

Hosted by ISSS and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, International Coffee Hour is an opportunity to meet students and scholars from around the globe, learn more about on- and off-campus resources, and feel part of the Emory community no matter where you are in the world. International Coffee Hour has gone online! Login to Zoom to enjoy conversation and stay connected. For more information, visit our Virtual Events page.

Scholarships for NAFSA Advocacy Day

Have you wondered how you can be a voice for international students at Emory and in the US? Do you know how to advocate for immigration policies that affect your life as an international student? ISSS awards scholarships to three international students to participate in the NAFSA Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. in March. NAFSA is the leading US non-profit organization committed to international education.

After a day of training, participants will head to Capitol Hill with an ISSS Advisor to meet with elected officials and educate Congress on short-term and long-term benefits of international education, as well as to advocate for favorable immigration policies. Scholarship recipients will be able to provide a first-hand perspective on the impact of policies that affect international students in the US.

International Student Graduation Reception

The International Student Graduation Reception is an opportunity to celebrate undergraduate, graduate, and professional international students and their academic accomplishments. International students graduating in May will receive an invitation email from ISSS with a link to register. Special thanks to the Office of International Advancement and Constituent Engagement, OIACE, for their partnership in hosting this event.

International Family and Partner Programs

ISSS offers a suite of programs and events to engage and support the families and partners/spouses of international students and scholars. Past events have included a Thanksgiving Dinner, Culture and Conversation, Virtual Story Time and workshops on various topics. Partners/spouses of international students and scholars can request to be added to the listserv for family and partner programs and events.

Coming soon - Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP)

The EILP is a new cohort program that will bring together domestic and international students for intercultural learning and student leadership development for one academic year. Stay tuned for application announcements and details.


For more information about any of these programs, contact the ISSS Team.

Campus Life

Emory University Campus Life is a rich resource to help you get involved in student clubs and organizations based on affinity, interest, sport, or identity. Their website details a student events calendar, support services, diversity and inclusion opportunities, and social media connections to a variety of groups.

Campus Life


International Student Advocacy and Leadership Board

The International Student Advocacy and Leadership Board (ISLAB) is made up of international and domestic leaders at Emory who celebrate global diversity, initiate polyculture exchange, and empower international students.

International Student Advocacy and Leadership Board

Atlanta organizations

Emory University's home base in Atlanta is one of its greatest strengths. International students and scholars find opportunities to connect with the greater international community in Atlanta through a variety of avenues. 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for upcoming events around town!


Not all events that we share through social media are coordinated by ISSS. To learn about events sponsored by our office, check out the ISSS event calendar.