International Education Week


International Education week is being celebrated across the country.  At UMKC we want to take this opportunity to connect with you and celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! We know that without these opportunities, UMKC and our global community would not be the same. We strongly believe in the opportunities international education provides as we grow and learn together!

We hope you’ll join us for some of our events (check back for updates for Zoom links!):

Monday, November 16:

     11:00 AMInternational Coffee/Social Hour: Join us to kick off the week with a social hour – make your zoom background your country’s national flag and bring your favorite mid-morning beverage!

     All Day: Social Media Photo Competition: Post on Instagram to enter our week long photo competition. Prizes will be announced on Friday! The day’s theme: Where is your happy place?

Tuesday, November 17:

     1:00 PM – Meet & Greet with International Student Ambassador (@umkcisao on Instagram)

     2:00 PM Study Abroad Info Session

     All Day: Social Media Photo Competition Day’s Theme: Twin Art Selfie
Global Museum Tour – Download the Google Culture and Arts app to find your look-alike in art and take a selfie with the results!

Thank you Natalie, from SAGE, for modeling this for us!


Wednesday, November 18:

     All Day: Listen to International Music from the UMKC Libraries

     3:00 PM SAGE & Sexuality/Gender Alliance Workshop

     7:00 PM Game Night with International Student Ambassadors

     All Day: Social Media Photo Competition Day’s Theme: What do you do for fun?

What is your favorite game/sport? What are you doing to find ways to have fun despite the restrictions of COVID? #IEW2020 #UMKCIEW2020 #InternationalRoos #RoosAbroad

Thursday, November 19:

     11:00 AM SAGE Post-Graduation International Opportunities (JET & Fulbright)

     2:00 PM International Student and Study Abroad Alumni Q&A event

     All Day: Social Media Photo Competition Day’s Theme: Where do you do your best work?

Where do you study best? Where do you create? What puts you in the zone to get things done? Share with us and remember to use our hashtags to be a part of the competition! #IEW2020 #UMKCIEW2020 #InternationalRoos #RoosAbroad

Friday, November 20:

     1:00 PM – UMKC IEW Photo Competition Winners Announced – prizes to be collected at ISAO

     2:00 PM Study Abroad Info Session

     Until 12:00 PM (so we have time to select a winner): Social Media Photo Competition Day’s Theme: What part of the world do you want to visit?

Inspired by one of the Study Abroad sessions? Dreaming of seeing the world? Share a photo of yourself edited into your dream location (you can set it as your background in zoom and take a screen shot, use Microsoft Paint/PhotoShop/any photo editing tool you have available or draw yourself in!

#IEW2020 #UMKCIEW2020 #InternationalRoos #RoosAbroad

Looking for more?

With so many events going online this year, take advantage of some of the International Education Week events nationwide!

Thank you for joining us and thank you for all that you contribute to our UMKC community!

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

COVID-19 and Delays in Student Services

Due to the ever-changing environment on and off campus due to social distancing restrictions, ISAO continues to work diligently in our timely service to our students. However, we expect some delays in our ability to process physical documents, including the receipt of mail and shipping of admission packets or other requested materials, such as updated I-20s.

If you are able to submit digital documents for any required admission materials, please do so, as it will ensure more timely processing. If you are able to submit copies of your academic documents for the purposes of an admission decision, you will be able to submit your officials at a later date.

For current students: Our advising team is making every effort to adjust processes and methods of advising, whether it be through email, zoom or over the phone. Please check your UMKC email regularly. All updates from Advising will be communicated through email and we encourage you to reach out to us by email or phone to limit your movement throughout the Kansas City area. Additionally, we encourage you to send documents digitally whenever possible and we will accept digital signatures on ISAO request forms. Please remember your I-20, I-765, or other government documents require a physical written signature.

We appreciate your patience and wish you well as we make every attempt to keep our students, faculty, staff and overall community healthy.


The International Student Affairs team

February Series: Employment in the US

ISAO is excited to announce the details of our upcoming events in our February Series: Employment in the United States!

Our next events are OPT Information Sessions and OPT Application Workshops. Each event will be held twice so you may attend whichever works best for your schedule. Please join us on the following dates to learn about OPT and the application process:

  • OPT Information Session – Thursday, February 13 @ 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Miller-Nichols Learning Center 351
  • OPT Application Workshop – Friday, February 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in Atterbury Student Success Center 237
  • OPT Information Session – Wednesday, February 19 @ 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Miller-Nichols Learning Center 351
  • OPT Application Workshop – Thursday, February 27 @ 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Atterbury Student Success Center 237

We hope to see you at these events, and we encourage you to keep watching your email and social media for more events coming soon (including CPT information in March)!

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!