The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) is located on the second floor of the Student Services Building, in Rooms 212 and 218.

OIPS is committed to assisting Purchase College in educating successful global citizens. To do this, OIPS provides support for students interested in studying abroad and for international students studying at Purchase College, and assists with visa maintenance for foreign faculty and staff.

Study Abroad

OIPS staff members advise students on study abroad options, including Purchase study abroad programs and the more than 600 SUNY programs. The office coordinates both Purchase semester (outbound) exchanges and Purchase short-term, faculty-led programs, and supports Purchase students applying to other SUNY and non-SUNY programs. The office also spearheads new short-term, faculty-led program initiatives. Faculty members are encouraged to submit a new program proposal to the director.

International Student and Scholar Services

Another OIPS responsibility is providing international student and scholar services. Advising of international students, short-term visiting foreign scholars, and foreign faculty hiring is done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Purchase College, through the Office of International Programs and Services, is designated to provide highly specific immigration advising related to the activities of foreign individuals on campus. All aspects of designation and record maintenance for the college are housed within OIPS. In addition, the office acts as a clearinghouse for the college’s foreign agreement management under the SUNY Office of Global Affairs. This includes student and faculty exchange agreements, dual degree agreements, and other memoranda of understanding with all foreign institutions.

International Programming

In addition to the above, the office coordinates, markets, and presents international programming. Examples include orientations for new international students, new exchange (inbound) students, new foreign faculty members, and new foreign visiting scholars; a predeparture orientation for all outbound study abroad students; and workshops on employment and taxes for international students. International programming for the campus as a whole includes International Education Week, weekly Study Abroad 101 information sessions, presentations at the orientation for new students and in Freshman Seminars, and the fall and spring Study Abroad Fair.