Programs & Services

There are many wonderful programs and services offered to our international students.

Breaks & Summer Policies

OISSS partners with the Intercultural Center (IC) which is open during most breaks and the summer. Students are welcome to use the Intercultural Center to cook, study or socialize any time the IC is open. Students can organize with the International Advisor & the IC Administrative Assistant for special access during breaks and to make arrangements to go shopping for groceries. 

In partnership with the Counseling Center, OISSS offers a first year experience course for international students to assist and educate students on topics of academic and social adjustment to help them establish a stronger connection with Roger Williams University, their peers, and professors while serving as a basic foundation for building community.   

 This program covers areas of:

  • Immigration law pertaining to your visa category.
  • Cultural and social adjustment
  • Classroom participation and communication
  • Academic Support for CORE Seminar assignments
  • Campus services (security, healthy relationships, etc.)
  • Use of the institution’s online platforms

Following the completion of the program students receive a certificate of completion and attend a reception with the University President and other University Officials. 

Each first year student receives an International Ambassador (IA) who will mentor them throughout their first year at RWU. They are there to help with any questions or concerns students may have.  IAs are typically international students themselves or U.S. student who have lived abroad.  

Students Takeaways

“The program helped me to learn how RWU works and interact with people from different cultures and background.”-Miranda ‘20, Costa Rica

“This program made me feel welcome from the get-go and helped me to make lifelong friends”-Sinclair, ‘20 Rwanda

International Students who would like to enhance their English Language skills can apply for an English Language Assistant (ELA). ELAs are students who are currently studying education at RWU and who have a strong drive to support others.  They are there to help students expand their language skills through weekly meetings focused on English skills each individual international student wishes to build.  This is not limited to international students and open to all English Language Learners. 

The Epsilon Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Delta is run by Kevin Hayden Director of Study Abroad Programs and Cassidy Hammond Assistant Director International Student and Scholar Services.  

Membership Criteria:

Undergraduate Students: Membership is open to all who qualify following the completion of 24 credits.  Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher.  In addition, students must demonstrate international competency through either being an international student within the United States or through completion of 6 credits or more of international, global or intercultural coursework and experience in studying, living, working abroad or involvement in other international endeavors.

Graduate Students: Membership is open to all who qualify following the completion 1 semester of courses.  Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.  In addition, students must demonstrate international competency through either being an international student within the United States or through completion of 6 credits or more of international, global or intercultural coursework and experience in studying, living, working abroad or involvement in other international endeavors.

Faculty/Staff: Faculty or staff may qualify by teaching courses in international, global or intercultural studies.  Personal involvement in international, global or intercultural affairs will be considered also.