International Student Programs

Welcoming the world to Oxford.

Whether this is your first time to the United States or you have visited before, we invite you to make Oxford College your second home.

Oxford’s cultural, ethnic and racial diversity provides the foundation for our community. International students, faculty and staff enrich our campus with their respective languages, cultures and heritages. Our current students represent more than 45 nations, and students from abroad make up 20 percent of our population. Our International Student Programs (ISP) office promotes the development of intercultural skills throughout the campus community.

ISP offer programs and services to help your academic, cultural and personal adjustment to the United States and to college. Our office also provides guidance and advisement regarding immigration regulations for F-1 students. We ensure that Oxford complies with US government student immigration policy.

ISP and Oxford's Center for Academic Excellence host a celebration of International Education Week (IEW) each November. You're invited to take part in events highlighting Oxford’s global diversity and interest in developing global citizenship. A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of States and Education, IEW celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 

We get you ready for college life

Get an early start on your transition to college with our International Student Welcome (ISW), where students from outside the United States spend almost a week on campus before classes start in the fall.

Our staff and student volunteers focus on the academic, cultural, financial and legal issues that international students face while in the United States. But this is also a time to explore the Oxford and Atlanta areas while meeting new friends and spending time getting comfortable in your new environment without any academic pressures. 

At ISW, you will:

  • attend information sessions about banking and driving in the United States

  • learn what F-1 students need to know about maintaining lawful nonimmigrant status

  • discover what a liberal arts education means at Oxford

  • experience a classroom simulation for learning about and practicing U.S. expectations for teachers and students

  • attend sessions on how to get the most from your Oxford experience

  • have time to shop for college essentials

  • take trips to Atlanta, and lots more

If your parent or other family members accompany you to orientation, we invite them to participate in the ISW Parents Program.

As part of your orientation, student leaders called iMentors will share their advice and experience with you. iMentors prepare you to navigate in your new college environment, helping you understand the Oxford culture and creating a sense of belonging.

I can't wait to meet all of you when campus first opens for ISO. I can assure you it will be a funny, enthralling and insightful beginning to your life at Emory.
Oscar Munoz Gonzalez, iMentor

iMentors are your guide through the four-day orientation program. They greet you at arrival, lead small group discussions and ensure you’ll have plenty of fun. After orientation, iMentors continue to serve as your peer educators throughout the fall semester, planning and presenting workshops and activities to enhance your transition to college. 

You too can be a leader as soon as you arrive at Oxford. Even as a first-year student, you can be part of our International Student Advisory Board.

To apply for admission as an international student, you must complete all the application requirements for first-year admission, demonstrate English-language proficiency, and provide financial certification.

For more information about international admission, visit Emory's guidelines for international applicants.

I know that some of you might be a little bit nervous about your transition into college but don't worry, I'm always here for you and ready to help you out!
Yining Feng, iMentor



Hours and Location

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., except on official university holidays and closures

Advising walk-in hours
9:00–11:00 a.m.
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Advising appointments can be arranged via Skype for incoming new students.

Student Center
Room 222

Mailing address
Office of International Student Programs
Oxford College of Emory University
801 Emory Street
Oxford, GA  30054

I love getting to know people from different ethnic backgrounds. Oxford College is a unique community filled with diversity, and I look forward to guiding you all through an unforgettable, exciting college journey!
Hannah Bookert, iMentor