International Student Advisory Board

The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is composed of 10 volunteer members representing the international first-year, transfer, exchange, sponsored, graduate, and professional degree students. Students also represent voices from the Minnesota International Student Association, Council of International Students, Council of Graduate Students, and the Minnesota Student Association. It is convened by the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Who and what is the ISAB?

All international undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree/exchange students are eligible to apply—no specific prior experience is required.  The board members are not paid.

The board serves as a consultative body (like an ongoing focus group) focusing on issues pertaining to international student life outside the classroom. The board strives to enrich campus experiences through reviewing and providing feedback to support services, discussing ways to increase opportunities for meaningful engagement with U.S students, and exploring strategies to increase the sense of belonging at the University.

Students serving on this board improve support, resources, and engagement for the international student community (review our examples of past projects) by:

  • Providing feedback and suggesting ideas on unit topics, campus themes, and or current events brought forward by OSA (and its subunits) or ISSS.
  • Gather information from other international students on different issues or specific questions brought forward by OSA or ISSS.
  • Identify a main theme for the year that the board investigates and then pilots a project or program to address the theme.
  • Attend monthly international student gatherings to promote the board and gather feedback

When does ISAB meet?

Members of the International Student Advisory Board must commit to attending meetings on the following Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The board retreat will be on September 6, 2024.

  • September 6, 2024 (Friday 1–3 p.m.)
  • September 26, 2024
  • October 24, 2024
  • November 21, 2024
  • January 30, 2025
  • February 27, 2025
  • March 27, 2025
  • April 24, 2025