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About ISSS


About International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is the primary liaison between international students and the University and community and provides a variety of services. Located on the first floor of Royce Hall, ISSS serves the international students who have been admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and provides visa-related advising for visiting international scholars. Of the 8,000 students that attend UW-Platteville, approximately 125 are international students representing over 20 countries. We invite you to visit the ISSS website frequently for updates in information regarding immigration regulations, forms, and international events and activities.

ISSS Services

  • I-20 issuance for F-1 students
  • DS-2019 issuance for J-1 students and visiting scholars
  • Coordination of orientation programs for all new international students
  • Immigration advising, supplemental academic advising, and personal advising throughout international students' academic careers
  • On- and off-campus employment authorizations and assistance
  • Health insurance administration and assistance for international students
  • On-campus and community events, programs, and workshops highlighting international themes and intercultural learning opportunities
  • Advising to the International Club

Office Hours

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (central daylight time) Monday through Friday. Our office is closed for legal holidays and weekends.

Walk-In Hours

While students typically must set up an appointment to meet with the ISSS Office at least 24 hours in advance, ISSS walk-in hours are established times each week when students do not need to have an appointment to meet with an ISSS staff member. Walk-in hours are established at the beginning of each semester, and these hours are emailed to the students and posted at the International Programs Front Desk. During walk-ins, ISSS staff members meet with students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are encouraged to come and see ISSS staff during my walk-in hours  first, and then if more time is needed to discuss your question/concern, a follow-up appointment can bet set up. If you are not available to meet during ISSS walk-in hours, please call the International Programs Front Desk at 608-342-1726 and we will help you set up an appointment. Please note that you must schedule your appointment with ISSS staff at least one day in advance (no same-day appointments). Click here to view the current ISSS Walk-In Hours schedule.

Making an Advising Appointment

Students must set up an appointment to meet with the ISSS Office at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments can be scheduled by stopping by the International Programs front desk or by calling 608.342.1726 during business hours, or by setting up an appointment with an ISSS staff member in Outlook. Appointments may not be scheduled for the same day as adequate preparation for your appointment is necessary.



Contact - PDSO/RO

Contact your PDSO/RO

Liz Kruse
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Responsible Officer (RO)
Assistant Director, International Programs
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Tel: 608.342.1726
E-mail: isss@uwplatt.edu

What is a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)?

At schools authorized to receive international students, one or more Designated School Officials (DSOs) are chosen by the school as official representatives to the U.S. government and authorized by the government to issue F-1 class non-immigrant student visa-related documents. Each government-approved school must choose one PDSO who will be responsible for all the DSOs at the school, who will maintain the official government records for international students, and who is authorized to make changes in the DSO team.

What is a Responsible Officer (RO)?

All government-approved J-1 exchange visitor program sponsors appoint an RO to administer the program according to the regulations and to represent the sponsor to the U.S. government. Program administration refers to the daily operation of the program and includes selecting participants, providing pre-arrival and orientation information to participants, issuing Form DS-2019, overseeing the general activities of the participants, communicating with the U.S. Department of State, and maintaining records on the program.