The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) provides immigration and campus support services for Emerson’s international student community: 

  • We offer immigration advising for students in F-1 status, exchange visitors, and others on matters related to U.S. study, work authorization, and international travel
  • We support international students with cross-campus resources for academic success, community integration, leadership development, and career preparedness
  • We promote campus organizations, events, and initiatives that reflect Emerson’s global voice

International Student Affairs falls under Emerson’s Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE). Together with our partner offices—Education Abroad and Domestic Programs (EADP) and English Language Learning (ELL)—IGE provides strategic vision and support for college internationalization initiatives.

CDC Update on International Fliers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air travelers arriving to the U.S. on or after January 26, 2021, are required to have a COVID-19 test within 3 days before their flight the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline, or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

This new testing requirement applies to international air travelers as well as U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents arriving to the U.S. from abroad.

For further details see:

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Immigration Status

Your U.S. immigration status is the immigration category in which you are admitted to the U.S. Your status should reflect your principal reason for being here, your U.S. permissions for study and work, and how long you are able to remain in the U.S.

International Travel

Whether you are taking a weekend trip to New York City, crossing the Canadian border into Montreal, or preparing for a flight to your home abroad for a family event, OISA is here to help make certain your travel documents are in order for your return to Emerson.

U.S. Employment

Whether you want to earn some spending money through an on-campus job, or earn work experience through an internship, learn more about your options here.

Campus Resources

Although the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is one of the first offices to welcome international students to Emerson, you will find resources for international students across our Boston campus as well as in LA and Kasteel Well and our partner institutions.

Contact Us

Our experienced team of immigration advisors can assist you in understanding your immigration status from answering questions about your full-time course load, to reviewing your documents in preparation for travel, to applying for US work permission.