About Us

How We Serve You

Studying abroad is challenging, which is why we offer a range of services and support. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is one of four units within the Office of Internationalization. Located in the International House, we provide the following services to international students and scholars on campus:

  • Advocacy for international student and scholar issues on campus
  • Cultural adjustment and immigration advising
  • Orientation and employment workshops
  • Support of international student organizations
  • Cross-cultural programming
  • Issuance of immigration documents, authorizations, and certification letters

Our Team

  • Theresa Johnson


    • BA in International Studies, American University
    • M.Ed in International Education, George Washington University
    • Studied Abroad in Belgium and France
    • Previous experience working with Fulbright Scholars at IIE and with international students and scholars at Northwestern University
  • Katie Pettet

    Assistant Director

    • BA in Russian and Communication Studies, University of Iowa
    • MA in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • M.Ed in International Education, George Washington University
    • Studied abroad in Russia and the Czech Republic
    • Experience working with F-1 and J-1 students as well as J-1 scholars and student interns
  • Tom King

    Senior Advisor

    • BA in History, Texas A&M University
    • MA in Intercultural Studies, Golden Gate Seminary
    • Worked with international students in Paris for six years.
    • Previous international office experience at the University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


Student Workers

  • Vongai Chokuda

    ISSS Graduate Assistant

    • From Harare, Zimbabwe
    • B.C. in International Hospitality Management, University of Stenden, South Africa
    • Pursuing Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership
    • Loves meeting new people, cooking, baking, listening to audio books, and hiking.
  • Murphy Li

    Programming Student Assistant

    • From Yuxi, China
    • Majoring in Computer Science and EDP with a minor in Business Administration
    • Member of LLC during freshman year
    • Loves drawing, traveling and playing with fluffy friends!


Working With DU Partners

We seek to develop positive working relationships with other offices on campus to ensure that international students and scholars both have an exceptional experience during their stay at DU. If you have any questions about our international visitors on campus or suggestions about how we can better serve them, please contact our office at isss@du.edu.

Internationalization is Everywhere at DU

We are proud to be part of a much larger internationalization initiative at DU. If you're looking for more information on our initiative, or information about studying abroad outside the US, follow the links below.