Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to commonly-asked questions about ISS, the services we offer and the procedures to be followed by international students at UST.

What events are planned for international students?

There are many events throughout the year that are campus wide events, or events hosted by departments. All events hosted by ISS will be posted on our Web site and in our weekly newsletter. Click HERE to access upcoming events.

What services does ISS provide?

We counsel and advise international students on many issues, but expressly the following:

  • Immigration
  • Jobs/career questions
  • Academics
  • Personal life
  • Financial issues (Note: we are not able to advise on tax issues)
  • Social/cultural adjustment issues
  • Accompanying family
  • Housing and practical life

Is there any financial aid for international students at UST?

St. Thomas has very limited funds for general scholarships for international students. The university awards only a few partial tuition grants each year to incoming students, and at this time there are no scholarships for currently enrolled international students. Students must apply before their initial enrollment at St. Thomas. The deadline for scholarship applications is January 15 for Fall Semester and September 15 for Spring Semester. Newly admitted students should contact the International Recruiting and Admissions office for details and an application. Please note that this applies only for Undergraduate students.

We are working with leaders of the university to seek more financial aid funds for future international students. But at this time, the only source of extra income would be to work on campus if you are an F-1 or J-1 visa holder. The university does not offer research or teaching assistant positions. However, some departments offer small scholarships for current students toward the cost of tuition that are available to all students, international and domestic. Watch for information from your department.

If your financial sponsorship has changed due to some unforeseen events, you can complete a Special Circumstance Application form. Click HERE to access the form.

Can Permanent Residents get services from ISS?

Yes, Permanent Residents (PR) can get services from ISS.

How do I make an appointment?

Advisors are available for regularly scheduled appointments. Our office is located in the Anderson Student Center, Room # 218. See hours on the home page, and appointment reference grid below. 

Appointment type

Length in Time

SEVIS registration & check-in 1 hour
Optional Practical Training (OPT) 30 minutes
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 30 minutes
Change of Status (COS) 1 hour
Pre-travel or Post-travel endorsement 30 minutes

 Contact the front desk at (651) 962-6650 to schedule an appointment.

How do I get a Social Security Number (SSN)?

Click HERE to learn more about obtaining a Social Security Number.

How do I get admitted to UST?

All international students who are interested in being admitted to UST as an undergraduate should contact International Recruiting and Admissions. Click HERE to go to their website.

If you are interested in being admitted as a graduate student, you need to first get admitted through your prospective department. After being admitted by the department, you will work with International Recruiting and Admissions for your immigration documents.

How many hours can I work?

On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. During school vacations, students may work 40 hours a week. School vacations include Thanksgiving break, winter break, J-term, spring break and summer.

How do I obtain a driver’s license?

  1. Pick up your official transcript from the Registrars’ Office.
    • This can be done online here,
    • or at Murray-Herrick (MHC) Room 126 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

  2. Bring the sealed official transcript to our Office at 218 ASC. ISS Advisor will write your date of birth and sign the document.
  3. Take the official transcript and your passport to any DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) office. They will assist you and advise you in the application process once you’re there.

Remember to wear your seatbelt and drive safe!

Whom does ISS serve?

The staff of International Student Services (ISS) are available to international students to answer questions and provide information about St. Thomas and US culture, to explain government rules and regulations, and to process government documents and applications.