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
313-993-3305
fieldlo@udmercy.edu

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Lily Swan
Director, International Service Office
313-993-3323
swanls@udmercy.edu

American Language and Culture Program

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Catherine (Katie) Franklin
American Language and Culture Program, Program Manager
313-993-3320
franklca1@udmercy.edu

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Office Location

Engineering and Science Building
Suites 268-270B

Contact Us

Email: iso@udmercy.edu
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: Seo-Yun Lee

Seo-Yun Lee

Our Student Spotlight shines on international student Seo-Yun Lee!

  • Hometown: Daegu, South Korea
  • Year & Major: Junior, Chemistry, College of Engineering & Science
  • Languages Spoken: Korean, English, elementary Chinese

“I am Seo-Yun Lee, but people call me by Esther. I am currently a chemistry major student at University of Detroit Mercy. I am a rising junior involved in the seven-year dental program. After graduation, I plan to become a dentist. An interesting fact about myself is that I have a twin sister. She is currently an undergraduate student in Korea University.”

What shocked you upon coming to the U.S.?

Everything is so big! (grocery stores, buildings, etc.)

What have you learned about yourself since arriving in the United States?

I love in-person conversations more than virtual conversations!

What do you like best about Detroit Mercy and the United States?

  • Friendly and welcoming community
  • Many opportunities to do community service