International Students and Scholars

Welcome! The International Student and Scholars division (ISS) serves all international students and scholars participating in programs with Wake Forest University.

International students and scholars with questions concerning their visa status or other issues pertinent to their stay at Wake Forest University can come to the Center for Global Programs & Studies, email, or call 336-758-5938 to request an appointment.

As a remember, please contact with any questions you have as they relate to your visa status.  Our entire staff are the only Designated School Officials for Wake Forest University, meaning we are your resources for all immigration-related guidance.  It is so important to us that you receive accurate and timely information to ensure you are protecting your visa status.


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID-19.

    General Questions

  • Where can I get the latest information regarding the Coronavirus?

    Please visit the Wake Forest coronavirus web page at This web page provides links to information from government agencies as well.

    For information from ICE/SEVP please visit their FAQs.

  • Will ISSS be open during the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and summer?

    Yes. ISSS is currently operating remotely. We are responding to all email communications and using different web tools to provide the same care and services that the population is accustomed to from our office.

  • What should I do if I begin to feel sick?

    Per the Student Health Center “please call the Student Health Service (336-758-5218) or your primary health care provider. Seek medical attention if you experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing. It is recommended that those who think they may have been exposed call ahead before going to the Student Health Service, their primary care physician, or an emergency room.”

  • What if I am currently living on campus and need to stay longer?

    Students currently approved to reside on campus who need to remain in campus housing beyond noon on Saturday, May 9, must express their intent to the Office of Residence Life and Housing. To submit your intent please click here. Students should expect to move into a centralized community for Summer 2020. Additionally, students should be aware that access to many facilities and services – including dining, student health, recreation, and libraries – may remain limited. Meal plans will be available for Summer 2020, those details are still being finalized but will be shared with students soon. 

    For Summer 2020, the following rates will apply:

    • Session 1 (May 9 – July 2) and Session 2 (July 6 – August 21) –  $1,076 per session 
    • Note that for Summer 2020, we only have single rooms available due to COVID-19. 

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 336-758-5185.

  • Can I go to my visa appointment and enter the United States with an electronic copy of my I-20?

    Yes, recently SEVP has issued guidance in coordination with the Department of State and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) stating that I-20s with electronic Designated School Official (DSO – ISSS staff) signatures can be used for visa interview and travel purposes.

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  • Services Overview
    • Immigration Advising for F, J, and certain employment based nonimmigrant visas
    • Programming for academic, social, and professional adjustment to life in the United States

    Disclaimer: U.S. immigration laws are very complex. The information contained on this website is designed specifically for students and scholars at Wake Forest University. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly evolving; we will attempt to keep this site up-to date, but we cannot guarantee their completeness or accuracy. The information contained herein is not intended to create an attorney/client relationship nor can it be construed as legal advice.

  • Reynolda Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Reynolda Campus based students, scholars, and employees.

    Center for Global Programs & Studies
    1834 Wake Forest Road
    Reynolda Hall, Room 116
    Winston Salem, NC 27109
    Phone: +1-336-758-5938

    Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30am- 5:00pm

  • Health Sciences Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Health Sciences Campus based J scholars and H-1 employees.

    4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza 1
    1920 W. First Street
    Winston Salem, NC 27104

    Contact: Ms. Pamela Redmond, Immigration Specialist
    Phone: +1-336-716-1194

  • Bowman Gray Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Bowman Gray based F Graduate Students

    Medical Center Boulevard
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1001

    Contact: Ms. Beth Whitsett
    Phone: +1-336-716-4224