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International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

Established in 2014, the goal of the ISAB is to represent the needs and concerns of international students at Tulane and to work towards improving the Tulane experience for all international students. 

The ISAB advises OISS on international student needs and concerns, participates in the development of new initiatives, interacts with the wider University community to raise the visibility of international students, and develops international student leadership.

Board members will provide feedback for programming, including but not limited to social programming, orientation programs, information sessions, immigration support, and the web site. In addition, board members will have the opportunity to comment on the overall experience of being a student at Tulane. International students need to know that their voices and ideas are understood, and OISS has a responsibility to actively integrate ISAB's feedback, concerns, and ideas into general programming and goals.


OISS seeks a board composed of undergraduate and graduate international students that is highly diverse and broadly representative of the University's international student body. 
Leaders of nationality organizations and groups are encouraged to recruit a member of their student association in order to create a broad representation and communication amongst the various national communities on campus.  


ISAB members are expected to attend meetings, share their questions, concerns and ideas and then communicate with their fellow students about ISAB’s role at Tulane. Regular participation in the board's activities is essential and expected in order to be effective. 
Members will be expected to serve one year terms. While some overlap between personal and group concerns may occur, the goal is that ISAB member will not try to push their own personal agendas at the cost of the group's voice.

ISAB Meetings

OISS staff members will facilitate ISAB meetings, which are held biweekly throughout the academic year and include dinner. Other students or representatives from the university may be invited as guests to meetings. 
Agendas and minutes will be posted on the OISS web site for all to view, including any presentations or proposals presented to the group. ISAB will decide whether or not to convene at least one open forum per year to discuss international community issues or to seek other venues for community input.


Academic Performance - Tackles issues pertaining to the academic experiences of a student at Tulane. Possible issues may include class participation, academic integrity and developing informational materials for students and faculty members/advisors.

Administrative and Financial Concerns Subcommittee - This subcommittee looks at Tulane administrative processes and financial concerns, including scholarship funding for international students, health insurance, career concerns, including internships, networking, and on-campus employment, etc.

Housing and Arrival Support - This committee will also make recommendations regarding students' concerns with both on-campus and off-campus housing and arrival issues. Possible topics include when and how students are informed about housing options, and how to better support students' arrival at Tulane, such as airport pick up, transportation, driver's license issues, etc.

TUPals - The primary mission of TUPals is to help new international students connect with their peers, upper class mentors, and ultimately, the institution as a whole in order to ease their transition to Tulane so that they may succeed personally, socially, and academically.  

The International Student Advisory Board, an initiative of the Office of International Students and Scholars, is excited to announce the opening of applications for the Spring 2018 TUPals Program.

Click here to read more about the TUPals program.

To be a Pal, please complete this online application.

To get a Pal, please complete this online application


Student Life and Cultural Integration (SLACI) - This subcommittee will look at the issues that deal with a student's adjustment to Tulane. Topics addressed by this subcommittee will include integration (among international students and between international students and U.S. students), on-campus involvement, and issues of campus climate, including discrimination.

Minutes from ISAB Meetings