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International Student Services

Traveling to another country to pursue your education can be exciting and unsettling at the same time.

The office of International Student Services assists international students from the point of their admission to the college until well after graduation. Our goal is to help students:

  • Understand and follow immigration regulations  
  • Adjust to life in the United States
  • Resolve any social or cultural issues
  • Receive day-to-day support


    The Office of International Student Services is the primary resource for international students in regards to:

    • All immigration questions
    • Social Security Administration
    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Travel Information
    • Visa renewal
    • On-campus employment
    • Authorized off-campus employment (OPT and CPT)  This easy-to-follow website explains everything you need to know about being an international student, beginning with the I-20, arriving at the airport, maintaining F-1 status and other helpful information.

    Life at La Roche

    The office of International Student Services offers several programs for the international students:

    • Conversation Partner Program helps students practice their English with campus and community volunteers.
    • Host Family Program connects international students with local families for an important cultural and language immersion experience. Host families invite students to join them for dinners, holidays or special programming. 
    • Mentoring Program pairs students with staff and faculty members for personalized mentoring.

    For more information about any of these programs, please contact Sr. Veronica Kim at or 412-536-1066.

    International students have access to a variety of support services on campus. Here are some helpful links:

    Life in Pittsburgh

    Previously voted as one of the Most Livable Cities in the U.S., Pittsburgh is a beautiful and safe city. Pittsburgh offers many opportunities for sightseeing, attending cultural activities, music performances,and sports events. Here are some helpful links regarding life in Pittsburgh: