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Director's Welcome



James Dorsett
Director, Office of International Students and Scholars

My name is James Dorsett, and I am the Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at MSU. On behalf of OISS, welcome to MSU.

MSU is the leader in Global Learning. MSU is home to over 8,000 international students and scholars from more than 130 countries around the world as of Fall 2016. Also MSU is a top producer of global citizens according to the IIE Open Doors Report. No matter where you are from, once you arrive at MSU, you are all Spartans.

At OISS, our mission is to support all international students and scholars at MSU with immigration advising, programming for academic, cultural and social adjustment, and contributing to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for cross-cultural interactions.

At OISS, our staff, student workers, and interns come from different backgrounds with different religious and cultural beliefs. Even though we may see the world differently, we understand the importance of being open-minded and embracing diversity. Our passion lies in helping international students and scholars like you achieve your goals and make the world a better place with what you have learned at MSU.

OISS wants to be your home away from home. We are your safe place. We trust, respect, value and appreciate you as an individual and are grateful for the culture, knowledge, and experience you bring to the MSU community.

For more information about our office hours and location, visit Location and Office Hours.

Again, you can always come to us with any questions or concerns. We hope you feel our support and know that we stand with you.

With warmest regards,

James Dorsett
Director, Office for International Students & Scholars