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International Student Services Advisory Board Application Information

Thank you for your interest in joining the International Student Services Advisory Board! Applications are now closed. They will reopen in Spring Semester 2025.

International Student Services Advisory Board (ISSAB) seeks motivated international students who are passionate about advocating to improve the international student experience and interested in gaining leadership experience. Selected ISSAB members represent international students by working closely to advise ISS and voice issues that impact the Global Badger community.

Become a member of ISSAB!
The ISSAB consists of approximately 12 selected members. Current ISSAB members will need to complete a new ISSAB application for each year of service.

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Requirements and Qualifications

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an F-1 or J-1 student
  • Must be able to commit to full-year term (August 2024- May 2025) and attend all the required monthly meetings
  • Passionate about advocating to improve the international student experience
  • Good time management and communication skills
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

ISSAB Duties and Expectations

ISSAB Duties & Expectations

  • Attend Monthly ISSAB meetings (check schedule below)
  • Provide feedback and suggestions to improve the ISS services and programs
  • Represent the voices of your international student peers to ISS staff and leadership
  • Learn about ISS resources and communications and share with peers
  • Help with representation/presentation if requested
  • Communicate in a timely manner for:
    • email/Teams communication
    • representation/presentation requests
    • feedback requests

Benefits of becoming an ISSAB member


  • Become a leader in the international community at UW-Madison
  • Advocate for international student needs
  • Engage with other students & ISS staff and gain new perspectives
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Have fun while developing lifelong friendships!

Meeting Schedule 2024-25 (tentative)*

Meeting Schedule 2024-25 (tentative)*

May 2024: New Board Member get together & social event with current Board members

Summer 2024: Optional meeting and get-together, ISSAB website updates & planning for next year

August 29, 2024: International Student Services Kick-off Brunch and International Student Welcome and Info Fair (ISWIF) Tabling

September 9, 2024: ISSAB Orientation Meeting 6-8 pm

September – December 2024: Mandatory monthly meetings- Monday evenings 6-8 PM

  • September 23, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • November 18, 2024
  • December 9, 2024

January 2025: International Student Services Kick-off Brunch and International Student Welcome and Info Fair (ISWIF) Tabling

January – April 2025: Mandatory monthly meetings & End of Year celebration

  • February 10, 2025
  • March 10, 2025
  • April 7, 2025
  • April 28, 2025

*In addition to above meetings, you may have extra project meetings as needed.

“As an ISSAB member, I learned a lot about ISS budgeting, campus communicators thought processes, international students’ specific resources and much more about what happens backstage. More importantly, I was able to advocate for our needs and provide advice/guidance to those who had power to implement necessary changes. Additionally, I was able to find community and connect with other international peers who also cared about giving back to our community. Overall, I think it’s been an amazing experience that has taught me a lot, not only about how higher education institutions work but also about the many forms in which you can be an activist.”

Rayane Prado Nunes, ISSAB Member '22-'24