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General Hours

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5500
USA

Phone: +1 (319) 335.0335
Fax: +1 (319) 335.0280
E-mail: isss@uiowa.edu

Walk-in Advising Hours

  • International students and scholars may see an advisor on a no-appointment, first-come first-served basis.
  • You will meet with the advisor scheduled for walk-in advising rather than a specific advisor.
  • Sign up for a walk-in slot is done in the ISSS reception area beginning at 9:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m.

Monday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30
Tuesday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30- 3:30
Wednesday: 1:30-3:30
Thursday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30
Friday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30

Staff


Lee Seedorff

Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director | lee-seedorff@uiowa.edu

Reporting to the Assistant Provost for International Programs, Lee has day-to-day administrative oversight of ISSS.  She sets advising policies and procedures, interprets and applies federal regulations and other immigration guidelines, oversees the ISSS budget, works closely with University of Iowa administration and other programs regarding international issues, and manages scholarships and financial aid for international students.  She served as Regulatory Ombudsperson for Region IV of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, liaising with schools in the region and the Department of Homeland Security/Department of State.  She was also involved with NAFSA for a number of years providing training for advisors new to the field.  Lee has a B.A. in Anthropology and South Asian Religions, a Master’s in Social Work, has studied in India and St. Lucia, and spent time in Mexico, Canada, Thailand, and Singapore.  She has studied the Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit languages, and made less successful attempts to learn Chinese (Mandarin) and German.


Michael Bortscheller

Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director | michael-bortscheller@uiowa.edu

Michael is the orientation coordinator for ISSS and also oversees the iHawk database program, developing the online Pre-Arrival Checklist for incoming students and E-Form applications, and monitoring daily immigration record alerts.  He serves as Responsible Officer for J-1 programs, specializing in scholar regulations and processes.  He works closely with ITS, the Registrar, Admissions, and other offices to ensure student and scholar data flows smoothly and accurately, and is responsible for training and overseeing staff use of iHawk.  He is responsible for international student enrollment data and statistical reports including Open Doors, and application of the international student fee and undergraduate orientation fee.  Michael has Bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and Spanish and a Master’s in Linguistics with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language, has studied Spanish in Spain, and has spent time in Canada, England, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and Nebraska.


Laura Holtkamp

Laura Holtkamp, Senior Advisor | laura-holtkamp@uiowa.edu

Laura is the community and organizations outreach liaison, working closely with programs such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration, local landlord associations, Friends of International Students, the International Women’s Club, and various victim’s advocacy programs.  Laura also coordinates the non-resident tax program each spring, overseeing the workshops providing tax assistance and the online Windstar tax program.  She handles part-time authorization requests and changes of major processing.  Laura holds a Master’s degree and has completed Doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has studied French, Italian and Spanish and traveled throughout Europe and Canada.

 


Robert Gutwein

Robert Gutwein, Senior Advisor | robert-gutwein@uiowa.edu

Robert oversees the formal programs that bring J-1 exchange students here while sending  UI students to study abroad at their schools, managing the applications and communication with incoming exchange program students.  He supervises the Global Buddies program, which provides activities and events for exchange students. He also supervises the Life in Iowa/Peer Assistant program.  Robert serves as liaison for other special programs such as the Study Abroad Foundation, CIMBA, STEAM, and Vocology.  He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa and an Ed.M. from SUNY-Buffalo.  He speaks German, has studied French, and has spent time in Austria, Mexico, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, and the former Czechoslovakia.

 


Rudia Kihura

Rudia Kihura, International Student and Scholar Advisor | rudiawairimu-kihura@uiowa.edu

In additional to standard student advising duties, Rudia's area of specialization deals with J-1 scholars who come to do research or teach at the University of Iowa. She does the immigration check-in for newly arrived scholars and orients them to the UI and Iowa City community. She also coordinates cross-cultural events for the scholars. Rudia sends out the bi-monthly ‘ISSS Update” listserv to students, and a second listserv for scholars.  Rudia is from Kenya and worked as a school teacher and head of a school counseling program there. She has a B.S. in Education, Master’s degrees in Psychology and Special Education, and is currently a student in the Ph.D. program in Special Education.

 


Kevin Roiseland

Kevin Roiseland, International Student and Scholar Advisor | kevin-roiseland@uiowa.edu

In addition to standard student advising duties, Kevin coordinates the non-resident tax program each spring, overseeing the workshops providing tax assistance and the online Windstar tax program.  He is the point person for all inquiries and requests made to the general ISSS@uiowa.edu email. Kevin holds a B.A. in Spanish from Luther College and an M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Iowa. Kevin has a passion for travel and for learning about the cultures of the students he works with. He has traveled broadly through Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

 

 


Brandon Paulson

Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor | brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu

Besides advising duties, Brandon's area of specialization includes intercultural training, where he oversees the Building Our Global Community certificate series, the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program, and special requests for individualized workshops.  Brandon holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and a Master's in Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  He has studied in the United Kingdom, is currently studying the Spanish language, and has spent time in Costa Rica, Canada, Ireland, Spain, England and Scotland.

 


Shuhui Lin

Shuhui Lin — Student Support and Retention Coordinator

Lin focuses on the support and retention of international students.  She oversees the Life in Iowa program, which provides ongoing orientation and cultural learning activities.  She provides support to the new course, Global@Iowa, which is the domestic student equivalent of the International@Iowa online course for international students.  Lin provides assistance in following up with potentially at-risk students identified in the annual MAP-Works survey, conducts needs assessments for international students, and will create new programs to focus on support and retention.  Lin earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education.  She is from Guangzhou, China, speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and is now learning Korean.

 

Student Assistants


Yuhao Chen

Yuhao Chen — Life in Iowa Student Assistant

Yuhao helps run the Life in Iowa program, which provides ongoing cultural, practical, and social events for international students.  She is an undergraduate psychology student from Shenzhen, China, who is also minoring in human relations and pursuing a certificate in leadership studies. She speaks Mandarin and has studied Japanese. Yuhao spent a year living with a host family as an exchange student in Hanover, New Hampshire. She has also traveled to several majors cities in the States. 

 

 


Ben Heinsohn

Ben Heinsohn — Global Buddies Assistant

Ben coordinates the Global Buddies program, which provides special support for students attending the University of Iowa on formal exchange programs from other universities abroad. He is from Northern Illinois and is a 4th year economics student. He is earnng certificates in both entrepreneurship and international business with a focus on Japan. Ben is currently learning Japanese and hopes to some day work for the foreign service. 

 


Yikun Chen

Yikun Chen - Nonresident Tax Program Coordinator

Yikun Chen oversees the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Program, assisting international students and scholars in preparing non-resident tax returns.  She is also the primary person to answer questions regarding non-resident tax returns. She is a senior student from Beijing, China, pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is into different cultures and likes to make friends from different cultural backgrounds. She especially likes cooking and tasting crusine from different countries. Besides becoming a professional accountant in the future, she would like to taste all kinds of food in the world someday!

Contacts

Title Email Office Phone
Bortscheller, Michael Assistant Director 1111-AE UCC 319-335-0335
Gutwein, Bob Senior Advisor 1111-AG UCC 319-335-0335
Holtkamp, Laura Senior Advisor 1111-AK UCC 319-335-0335
Kihura, Rudia International Student and Scholar Advisor 1111-AF UCC 319-335-0335
Lee, Douglas Assistant Provost 1111-AB UCC 319-335-0444
Lin, Shuhui International Student Support and Retention Specialist 1111-53 UCC 319-335-3969
Mills, Enkhtaivan (Taivna) International Services Assistant 1111-47 UCC 319-335-0335
Paulson, Brandon International Student and Scholar Advisor 1111-AH UCC 319-335-0335
Roiseland, Kevin International Student and Scholar Advisor 1111-AD UCC 319-335-0335
Seedorff, Lee Sr Associate Director 1111-AJ UCC 319-335-0335