How to Meet with an ISAO Advisor

Virtual Walk-In Advising (no appointment needed):

ISAO international advisors hold virtual walk-in hours at the following times:

  • Tuesdays = 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central Time)
  • Thursdays = 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Central Time)

Walk-in questions take less than 10 minutes and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Click here to join walk-in advising from the ISAO Virtual Welcome Desk

How Virtual Walk-In Advising Works:

Please note that we will only accept one person in from the waiting room at a time for privacy. This means you may need to wait in the waiting room for some time before the Welcome Center staff accepts you into the meeting.

Once you are accepted into the meeting room, our Welcome Center staff will ask you for a summary of your question(s). If they are unable to answer your question, then you’ll be directed to one of our advisors for further assistance.

If our Welcome Center staff determine your question will take more than 10 minutes, they may ask you to schedule an appointment with an advisor for another time.

How to Schedule an Appointment:

  • Submit your appointment request via Calendly:
  • Please use your UMKC email account when requesting an appointment via Calendly
  • Be sure to include the reason for the appointment
  • We cannot accept same-day appointments

Deadline Extended


The application deadline for the 2021-2022 International Student Ambassador Program has been extended until March 8, 2021 at 5 PM.


Do NOT use the QR code in the flyer above, please access the updated application here.


We look forward to receiving your application before the new deadline.  If you have any questions about the application or program please email for the ISAP advisor.

Limited In-Office Services to Resume in August

The ISAO team has been transitioning back to working on campus in a limited capacity, which means that we will soon be able to resume some of our most essential in-office student services. At this time, we are prioritizing services that proved difficult or impossible to provide when our staff was working from home.

Starting August 3, ISAO will resume the following:

Phone Services

  • ISAO phones (816-235-1113) will be monitored during our regular office hours (8am-5pm Monday through Friday)
  • In-office staffing is limited, so please understand if your phone call is sent to voicemail
    • Please leave your UMKC ID number – spoken slowly and clearly – in your voicemail so that a member of our team will be able to reply to you as quickly as possible
    • We will make every effort to return your call or send an email reply as soon as we can

Document Pick-Up

  • Our building (the ASSC) is currently locked and closed to visitors. Therefore, students will be required to schedule an appointment in advance in order to come to ISAO to pick up their documents:
    1. Please call ISAO at 816-235-1113 to schedule a date/time to pick up your document
    2. At your scheduled time, please park in a metered space outside of our office and call us from your car to let us know you are here (DO NOT park in the Barber Shop parking spaces – you may be fined for this)
    3. We will bring your document out to you – please be sure you have your photo ID (UMKC ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.) so that we can confirm your identity prior to delivering your documents
  • Please note that you may only pick up your own documents – we no longer allow pick-up authorization (as of February 2020)
  • Once the ASSC is open to visitors (expected on August 17), we will have walk-in times available for document pick-up (rather than pick-up by appointment) – this information will be updated here as well as on ISAO’s COVID-19 Response page

Other ISAO services will continue to be offered virtually:

Meeting with an immigration advisor/DSO

  • Appointments will continue to take place via Zoom – you can schedule an appointment by calling ISAO at 816-235-1113 (leave your UMKC ID number in your voicemail message)
  • We do not plan to have “walk-in” advising this fall; however, more appointment times will be available with our advising team so that you can speak with an advisor about your questions/concerns
  • Please remember that our Welcome Center staff is part of our advising team, and they are trained on a wide variety of subjects! Many common questions and concerns can be answered by our Welcome Center team (this is the team that oversees our main office email accounts as well as our phones)

Submitting documents to ISAO

  • ISAO utilizes Pathway’s Secure File Upload (also referred to as the Secure Document Uploader) function to allow students to securely submit most documents and request forms
  • We will not accept any paper documents/request forms submitted to ISAO – please use the Secure File Upload tool within Pathway to submit your documents or request forms to our office
    • All OPT and CPT applications will need to be sent to our office via email to at this time

2020-2021 International Student Ambassador applications available

Everyone knows the International Student Ambassadors from Orientation

And the various events they organize


Did you know that Ambassadors:

receive a scholarship

leadership opportunities

team building experiences

help recruit new students


Want to be an Ambassador for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Applications are available here

Submit your application before the deadline to be considered.


OPT Information Sessions

Hello International Roos!


Don’t forget – we are hosting an OPT information session Friday, February 15 at noon!


Can’t make it tomorrow? That’s ok, because we will have another session next Friday, February 22 at 3pm!


Both sessions will be in MNLC room 151.


2019-2020 International Student Ambassador Application now available

Do you like to meet new people?

Do you like to help people?

Do you know your way around UMKC and KC?

If so, then you may be a wonderful candidate to be an International Student Ambassador.  The 2019-2020 International Student Ambassador application is now available.

2019-2020 International Student Ambassador Application

The deadline to submit COMPLETED, TYPED application packets is 5 PM Monday, February 25th.  NO LATE NOR INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Roo Spotlight- Tina Parki

Major: Chemistry

Country of Origin: Iran

Tina Parki is in her final year at UMKC and currently serves as a campus ambassador and president of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed fraternity. When she’s not in school, she is a group fitness instructor.

How would some of your closest friends or family describe you?

My family and friends would probably describe me as crazy (in a good way!) and extroverted. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing old friends, not to mention I am always dancing, even in the most random places.

What do you enjoy about UMKC?

I enjoy UMKC because of the size of the campus and the diversity! It is a decent size where I am not too last to walk to class but enough that I get my steps in. The diversity of UMKC compared to other universities is crazy, I have never been prouder of a campus to have support for all their students.

What do you miss the most?

Something I miss the most is having time. I am so busy and always running around but I purposely keep myself busy, so I do not have time to just sit and do nothing. There is just not enough time to do everything I would like to do.

What is a memory you are very fond of?

Anytime I hang out with one of my closest friends, Aminah, we always have a good time! One time we went to Chicago and winged the whole trip and I love being able to do that with someone.

Roo Spotlight- Lewis Muriithi

Major: Civil Engineering

Time in the U.S: 9 Years

Country of Origin: Kenya


What do you like about Kansas City?

As an engineering student, Kansas City was the place to attend college because it is home to many engineering firms. The cost of living is also much cheaper compared to Boston where I attended high school and my first 2 years of college at UMASS Boston. I have grown to enjoy Kansas City every day and made lifelong friends who make my stay here great. Meeting people like that has inspired me to work harder, be more appreciative and become a role model for those younger than me.


What do you enjoy about UMKC?

As a student at UMKC, I have been exposed to a number of opportunities. I joined the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Student of American Military Engineers (ASME), and the African Student Cultural Organization (ASCO). My time in this organizations helped enrich my college experience and network within my field to become more well-rounded. I was also amazed by the opportunities the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering offers. Over the past three years at UMKC I have been fortunate enough to have three internships. I have really enjoyed seeing all that my engineering education has encompassed, and I am excited to see how my education will allow me to contribute to society in the future.


What are some things you value? And why?

Family, friends and time are three of my greatest values. My family is the most important thing to me and I want to do anything and everything that will make them happy and proud of me. Secondly, I value true friendship. Not just a friend, but a friend that is not only there to celebrate, but also to encourage me during rough patches. Being away from my family means that my friends are the ones that I turn to. Thirdly, I value time. I believe that with the technological advancements we are easily getting caught up with our smartphone/social media. We need time to relax and enjoy quality time with our loved ones. This can only be possible when we learn to value time.