International Services Office

The International Services Office serves all incoming and currently enrolled international students at University of Detroit Mercy. The ISO helps non-immigrant students enhance their educational, cultural and social experiences.

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    Our mission

    The ISO serves the Detroit Mercy community and the Detroit area and, in alignment with the greater Detroit Mercy mission, enriches the quality of life of all Detroit Mercy students, provides immigration and academic support to non-immigrant students and faculty, fosters cultural understanding and awareness through practical and creative experiences, and advances a campus culture that admires and celebrates the diversity of Detroit Mercy’s rich global viewpoints.


    What we do

    1. Provide information, advice and assistance in matters of immigration to prospective, admitted and current students and to University departments. 
    2. Provide current non-immigrant students with ongoing orientation to the University and the United States.
    3. Administer the University’s health insurance program for international students.
    4. Work with other University areas to ensure that the special needs (namely academic and social needs) of non-immigrant students are met.
    5. Sponsor a broad range of on- and off-campus recreational, educational and cross-cultural programs and events for international and domestic students. 

    Meet the staff

    Person iconISO Director

    Leyla Field poses for a photo ISO Assistant Director
    Leyla Field
    Phone: 313-993-3305

    Shamika Adams-MorganISO Administrative Assistant
    Shamika Adams-Morgan

    Catherine Franklin2 ALCP Program Manager
    Catherine Franklin

    Photo of Alison RobertsALCP Assistant Coordinator
    Alison Roberts


    International Application Information

    Please Note: The International Services Office is unable to answer questions about your admission application. For information on your application and its status, please contact Weihong Sun, Director of International Admissions, Recruitment and Agency Relations at



    For information on Detroit Mercy's international admission requirements, the International application process, English language requirements and immigration requirements for admitted students, please visit the admissions page here.

    Financial Aid

    For information on International Student Financial Aid please visit the Financial Aid site.

    Immigration Bulletin

    Check out the Department of Homeland Security STEM rules

    Summary: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. Specifically, the final rule allows such F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of OPT in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months (STEM OPT extension). This 24-month extension effectively replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to certain STEM students. The rule also improves and increases oversight over STEM OPT extensions by, among other things, requiring the implementation of formal training plans by employers, adding wage and other protections for STEM OPT students and U.S. workers, and allowing extensions only to students with degrees from accredited schools. As with the prior 17-month STEM OPT extension, the rule authorizes STEM OPT extensions only for students employed by employers who participate in E-Verify. The rule also includes the “Cap-Gap” relief first introduced in a 2008 DHS regulation for any F-1 student with a timely filed H-1B petition and request for change of status.

    Please click here to find more information. If you have any questions, please contact the ISO Director, Ms. Weihong Sun at

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Reno Hall
Room 046
McNichols Campus

Contact Us

Phone: 313-993-1205
Fax: 313-993-1192
Mailing address:
International Services Office
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221-3038