The International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides services to international students and seeks to promote global understanding through campus, intercollegiate, and community outreach.  The primary role of the International Student Services Office is to provide excellent immigration advising for our international students and compliance operations for Wartburg College.  The office also provides a new international student orientation, material support, and advising on employment, Social Security, health insurance, and cross-cultural communication.  Additionally, the office coordinates the Friendship Family program, which pairs local families with international students, and Global Connections, a student-led initiative to increase cultural competence on Wartburg’s campus through peer-mentoring programs and more.  

The Director of International Student Services serves as the advisor for the International Club and assists in coordinating Wartburg’s annual Culture Week.  The International Club promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding among both U.S. and international students.  With more than 50 countries represented on the Wartburg campus, International Club members strive to learn more about each other and showcase their cultures through campus and community events.  All students are invited to participate in the club. 

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Office: Student Center 185
Phone: (319) 352-8210 or Fax: (319) 352-8605

The International Friendship Family Program at Wartburg College connects students from around the world with local families.  Each new student that arrives on the Wartburg campus is introduced to a family in the community that has shown an interest in helping international students adjust to American culture.  The Friendship Family Program is a great way for students to build a support system in the Waverly community, as well as a great way for local families to expand their cultural horizons.  Friendship families and their students meet throughout the year to share meals and participate in a variety of activities that help international students learn more about the “daily life” of an American family.

If you would like to learn more about the Friendship Family Program, please view the brochure for additional details.  If you are an individual or family who is interested in being matched with an international student, we encourage you to complete the Friendship Family Interest Form and submit it to

Andjelka Zoranovic '15 with her "two families" at graduation.

Andjelka Zoranovic with her “two families” at graduation

Culture Show 2017
Culture Week
Culture Show 2017

Culture Week gives international students at Wartburg College the opportunity to share their talents and unique stories with the greater community. The event is considered to be one of the highlights of the academic year. Friendship Families, the Wartburg community, and members of the greater Cedar Valley are welcome to attend any of the Culture Week events.

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Oreintation Staff - International Club

Make friends of different backgrounds

Orientation Activities - International Students

Learn about each other and Wartburg College

Rina Katsura '16 with her Friendship Family

Explore U.S. culture with a Friendship Family


Zafrul Amin

Director of International Student Services Office

Lindsay Bienemann

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life