Mission:

BYU International Student and Scholar Services provides personal, cultural and academic advisement while assisting students in maintaining their lawful status, so that they may have an enriching and successful BYU experience.

Services we provide:

  • Initial orientation for international students and exchange visitors
  • U.S. immigration status advisement
  • Employment eligibility advisement and authorization
  • Advisement and assistance to dependents of international students and exchange visitors
  • Travel Authorization and advisement
  • Academic advisement to prepare a student to council with their department advisor
  • Resource referral to various university offices, services and programs
  • Informational workshops
  • Cultural networks for international students to assist one another

Even though our advisors' expertise in non-immigrant status issues enables them to ensure that you receive answers to your questions, it is, never-the-less, your legal responsibility, not BYU's or International Student Services', to maintain your immigration status. If you are unsure how to maintain your status, consult with your International Services advisor, with USCIS in an appointment through INFOPASS or with an immigration attorney.

Enriched Environment:

Brigham Young University is committed to a campus environment that is inclusive, free from discrimination, and reflects the backgrounds and values of the worldwide LDS Church population. In March 2005, the Board of Trustees approved and implemented the University Statement on Fostering an Enriched Environment that describes, in part, the mission of BYU and the attributes and characteristics of the students it seeks to serve:

"The Mission of Brigham Young University – founded, supported, and guided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued.

To this end, the University seeks qualified students of various talents and backgrounds, including geographic, educational, cultural, ethnic, and racial, who relate together in such a manner that they are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” It is the University’s judgment that providing educational opportunities for a mix of students who share values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important educational asset to BYU."