International Services Office

April 26, 2021: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. You may read the official SEVP notice.

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What we do

  1. To educate and enforce immigration regulations mandated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State; ensure that Detroit Mercy and the international students that attend are in compliance.
  2. Provide immigration advising to newly admitted and current F and J visa holders.
  3. Create, enhance and promote cultural awareness in the Detroit Mercy community.
  4. Collaborate with academic and non-academic departments to enhance the international students experience at Detroit Mercy.

Newly Admitted Students

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Find important Information

Canadian Students

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Info for Canadian Citizens

Maintaining your status

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Maintaining F-1 Status

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    Our mission

    The ISO serves the Detroit Mercy community and the Detroit area and, in alignment with the greater Detroit Mercy mission, enriches the quality of life of all Detroit Mercy students, provides immigration and academic support to non-immigrant students and faculty, fosters cultural understanding and awareness through practical and creative experiences, and advances a campus culture that admires and celebrates the diversity of Detroit Mercy’s rich global viewpoints.

Meet the Staff

International Services

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Leyla Field
Assistant Director, International Services Office

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Lily Swan
Director, International Service Office

American Language and Culture Program

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Catherine (Katie) Franklin
American Language and Culture Program, Program Manager

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Office Location

Engineering and Science Building
Suites 268-270B

Contact Us

Phone: 313-993-1205
Fax: 313-993-1192
Mailing address:
International Services Office
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Student Spotlight: Mike Doryen

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Our Student Spotlight shines on international student and 2021 graduate Mike Doryen!

  • Hometown: Monrovia, Liberia
  • Year & Major:  2021 graduate, Master of Business Administration and
    Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems
  • Languages Spoken: English and Liberian (colloquial)

“I’m Mike Doryen but I am now referred to as “The CMD 2” being the Junior to my father. I am an alumnus of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society, Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society, The Global Jesuit Business Student Association, and Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. I’m an individual who highly values my family, and loves them a lot, they’ve been a huge influence in my overall success. I have three siblings, and I’m the oldest. A fun fact about me is that I love to play soccer.”

What shocked you upon coming to the U.S.?

To be honest, upon coming to the United States, I wasn’t really shocked, I was just intrigued by the level of development and innovation.

What have you learned about yourself since arriving in the United States?

Well, nothing new, it has just been a reoccurring emphasis on being open-minded, determined, and the like.

What do you like best about Detroit Mercy and the United States?

I like being exposed to resources vital in achieving your goals and objectives.