International Student Services Office

Welcome to Butler University!   

Greetings from IndianaThe Office of International Student Services (OISS) is very excited that you will be joining us this Fall! Butler is going to push you to excel. The classes and coursework are rigorous and will test your knowledge every day. It is very important that if you need help you seek it out. Your professors are an invaluable resource for you. It can be extremely beneficial to you if you find yourself struggling in a particular class to solicit the advice of your professors, and it is very common for students to do so.  Other helpful academic resources on campus are the Learning Resource Center, the Writer's Studio and the Speaker's Lab. We encourage you to use the resources available to you as you transition from your country's academic format to that of the United States.

Academics are very important, but equally important is your participation in student life. Being active and getting involved in campus events will make your cultural adjustment much easier. You will find a wide variety of student organizations, community service organizations, internationally motivated clubs, volunteer opportunities, and more on Butler's campus.

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Navigating the International Student Services website:

Butler international students should frequent this site for orientation and immigration information, ideas on how to get involved on and off campus, as well as practical advice for international students. Below you will find a brief description of where to find your answers within the International Student Services website.

Begin by reading through the 'New Student' information. You will find guidelines on what you should do before you arrive and after you arrive. You will find useful information regarding orientation, airport pick up, as well as a chance to read about the Diversity Ambassadors.

The 'Immigration' section will have information on how to apply for an F-1 student visa, how to change your status to F-1 within the U.S., how to maintain your visa status, and more. This section is the most important!

'Employment' allows you to understand under what circumstances you are able to work on your F-1 visa.

'Life at Butler' begins with getting you settled on campus and in the U.S. You will find information on how to get a cell phone, driver's license, and social security card. A very important subsection is 'health'. This will have links to your health insurance website, the health center on campus as well as the counseling center. 'Life at Butler' will also give you tips and links on how to get involved on campus through student organizations and volunteering, as well as through sports and fitness. Finally, this section will address topics such as culture shock and the American academic environment, under 'getting adjusted.'

'Programs and Events' will connect you to Clowes Memorial Hall, the performing arts venue on campus that has performances in the genres of music, dance and theater! This section will also outline the programming for International Student Services and the Diversity Center throughout the academic year.

'Beyond Butler' will highlight the city of Indianapolis and Butler surrounding communities. Hopefully you will find fun and exciting things to do off-campus through the links posted under this section.

Many of your questions will be answered on this site. We encourage you to read through the entire site in order for you to be aware of how the site will benefit you throughout your academic career here at Butler.

If you have further questions, you may contact Bobbie Gibson at



Bobbie Gibson, Assistant Director, Efroymson Diversity Center

Efroymson Diversity Center Atherton Union, Room 004
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6570