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: Zayan Rahman

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Detroit Mercy student Zayan Rahman recently shared her marvelous watercolor that she painted for her Conversation Partner, Zongming Jiang. Rahman had hoped that the painting, based on Jiang’s description of his hometown city, would make him feel more at home here in the United States.

This is just one example of how Conversation Partners is building bridges within our Detroit Mercy community.

Conversation Partners is a student organization established to build cultural bridges between domestic and international students, as well as help international students who are non-native English speakers enhance their conversation skills. Individuals or other student organizations are welcome to join this student organization and students don’t need to belong to any organization on campus in order to participate!

Contact Catherine Franklin at or visit the Conversation Partners website for more information or to sign up.