Contact International Student and Scholar Services

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.

Summer 2017

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

General Hours

The reception desk where you may pick up documents after being notified by ISSS that they are ready is open Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

Phone: 319-335-0335
Fax: 319-335-0280


Lee Seedorff

Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director |

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, and works closely with University of Iowa administration and other programs regarding internationalization issues.  Lee has considerable experience providing intercultural training and programming for students, staff, and faculty including use of the Intercultural Development Inventory.  A member of ISSS since 1999, 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, and currently serves as the Region IV International Education Leadership Rep.  As a result of her long-term expertise in F and J regulations, she has provided expert witness opinions in legal cases and is awaiting publication of an article co-authored with Amanda McFadden from the Pomerantz Career Center, scheduled to appear in New Directions for Student Services in 2017.  Lee spent two years on the UI Family Issues Charter Committee, serving one of those years as chair.  Lee has a B.A. with double majors in Anthropology and South Asian Religions, a minor in Sanskrit Language and Literature, and a Master of Social Work, all from the University of Iowa.  She 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 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 assessment 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.

Robert Gutwein

Robert Gutwein, Assistant Director | 

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. Robert serves as liaison for other special programs such as the Study Abroad Foundation, CIMBA, Fulbright, and ISEP .  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.

Brandon Paulson

Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor |

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 serves as orientation coordinator, arranging content and schedules for orienation programs.  He is also instructor for the Global@Iowa course where international and domestic students learn and increase intercultural skills together.  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, has studied Spanish, and has spent time in Costa Rica, Canada, Ireland, Spain, England and Scotland.

Rudia Kihura

Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor |

Rudia provides standard student and scholar advising plus specializes in 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 and monitors compliance with insurance requirements. Rudia sends out the bi-monthly ‘ISSS Update” listserv to students, and a second listserv for scholars. She assists students who receive notices about SEVIS fee issues from the Department of Homeland Security.  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.  Rudia was elected to serve a three-year term on the UI Staff Council starting in summer 2015.

Kevin Roiseland
Andrea Siebenmann

Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor |

In addition to standard student and scholar advising duties, Kevin coordinates the non-resident tax program each spring, overseeing the workshops providing tax assistance and the online Windstar tax program.  He also oversees some SEVIS reporting duties including OPT employment reports and I-20s for students returning after an absence.  He serves as the ISSS liaison to the organizations Friends of International Students and the International Women's Club.  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 throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Andrea Siebenmann, International Student and Scholar Advisor |

As a new ISSS advisor, Andrea‘s primary responsibility will be F-1 and J-1 student and scholar advising. She will also monitor J scholar compliance with insurance requirements, process letters of invitation, and co-manage the office email account. Andrea was born and raised in Slovakia where she earned her B.S. in Agriculture. She also holds a Master’s degree from Iowa State University in International Development. Prior to joining ISSS, she had worked with the association of U.S. and foreign-based community and technical colleges, providing international education services. Andrea’s native tongue is Slovak, and in addition to English she is also fluent in Czech, and has a basic reading proficiency in Russian. She loves to travel and learn about world cultures. Her previous travels took her to many European countries including Austria, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, as well as to a few countries on other continents such as Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and China.


Pauline Beazer James

Shuhui Lin

Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor |

Pauline is a native of the Caribbean who grew up in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She completed the B.A. in Sociology at the University of South Florida in Tampa and also holds two master’s degrees. The first is the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. During her most recent studies at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas, she completed the M.A. in Education with dual emphases: International Education and International Entrepreneurship. Pauline is a veteran of the United States Military and has proudly served in the U.S. Army Active Duty, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Army Reserve. In addition to personal and military travel in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean, Pauline completed a six-month graduate internship in South America at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile where her Spanish language skills played a significant role. The first internship segment was with the U.S. Department of State, Economic and Political Affairs and the second segment with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Commercial Service.  In addition to standard ISSS advising duties, Pauline will share responsibility for the office email account, process Social Security employment verification letters, and produce new I-20s when changes of majors occur.

Shuhui Lin — Student Support and Retention Coordinator |

Lin focuses on the support and retention of international students who encounter academic difficulty.  She oversees the Life in Iowa program, which provides ongoing orientation and cultural learning activities.  She co-instructs the Global@Iowa course along with Brandon Paulson.  Lin provides assistance in following up with potentially at-risk students identified in the annual Excelling@Iowa survey or who are flagged for academic probation or poor progress at midterms and conducts assessments for international students.  Lin earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, and Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. She is from Guangzhou, China, speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and is now learning Korean.

Taivna Mills

Taivna Mills

Marcelo and Mouna

Taivna Mills - International Services Associate |

Taivna serves as International Services Associate and her main responsibility is to process DS-2019 immigration documents for J-1 scholars and J-2 dependents. She also helps coordinate international student orientation events, the scholar housing program, provides workshops, and serves as ISSS liaison to the University of Iowa Anti-Violence Coalition.  She recently took over coordination of the one-to-one domestic and international student matching program, Friends Without Borders. Taivna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies at ONOL Foreign Language University in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Master’s degree in International Development Studies at Iowa State University. She is originally from Mongolia and speaks Mongolian and Russian.

Mouna El Keurti - Life in Iowa Assistant

Mouna is a junior majoring in Computer Science, and will serve as the assistant for the Life in Iowa program this year.  Mouna is from Algeria and speaks Arabic, French, and is currently learning Turkish.  Keep an eye on the Life in Iowa schedule for events, we will have some old favorites as well as new and interesting programs for students!

Marcelo Melo - Global Buddies Assistant

Marcelo is a fourth-year student majoring in Biochemistry and Pre-Med from Brazil.  He oversees the Global Buddies program that matches exchange students, who are here for only one or two semesters, with domestic students including those who recently returned from their own study abroad experiences.

Ashlei McPherson - HESA Intern