The Office of International Students & Scholars strives to provide high quality services and support to students and scholars from around the world. Currently, over 500 international students and scholars representing over 60 countries are studying at the University of St. Thomas.
OISS staff members are proud to advocate on behalf of international students and scholars at St. Thomas and in the community. OISS co-leads an International Student Retention Group to help minimize barriers for international students and enhancing their success. Starting fall 2016, OISS will lead an International Student Advisory Board for the Division of Student Affairs staff in order for staff on campus to better understand the international student experience at St. Thomas directly from the students.
Hi everyone, my name is Duyen Su and I am from Vietnam. I am currently freshman at University of St. Thomas, majoring in Biological Science. I love talking to other people, hanging out with my friends, making new friends, and doing science research. Why did I choose America? Everyone always said that the U.S. was the Holy Grail of Higher education. You can study any subject you can think of. Whether you want to study specific subject in business like marketing, international business, finance, chemical engineering, or philosophy; you can study whatever you want to in the US. That idea is really attractive to me. I want to explore the new things, figure out what I am into and challenge myself to live independently. These reasons brought me to St. Thomas – a wonderful community. People are friendly, nice and willing to help others. The weather is cold but gorgeous, especially when it comes to Christmas. There are lights everywhere on streets; people decorate their house. People give gifts to others, gather around and have some hot chocolate. That’s my favorite time of the year. Not only that, a ton of opportunities in researching are available at U.S. universities. Practical […]
Hello, everyone! My name is Derek and I am a graduate student at St. Thomas. I am in the Information Technology master’s program, which is my second master’s degree. I currently work in the International Admissions office as the graduate assistant. My duties include managing social media, helping lead the International Student Ambassador (ISA) program, processing applications, and answering questions from prospective students. I love meeting and talking with students! I am originally from Vietnam and completed my undergraduate degree at Augsburg University in 2014. I double majored in Management and International Business with a minor in Marketing. While I was at school, I was actively involved with many clubs and organizations including student government, Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and student event council. After Augsburg, I worked briefly then I went to Saint Cloud State University for my first master’s degree. I graduated in 2016 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Outside of school, I am a combination of a nerd and a geek. I love anything relate to sci-fi or fantasy. My favorite movies and TV shows are the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Big bang Theory, Harry Potter, and so many others that I cannot […]
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