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International Student Leader (ISL) Program

International Student Leader (ISL) Program

Welcome to the International Student Leadership Corner!

The International Student Leadership (ISL) Program is a program designed for international students and scholars to not only enhance the leadership skills for our international student body population, but also provides opportunities for the whole SMU international community to engage in dialogue in regards to their experiences in the U.S.

It is the ISSS Office's goal for our international students to have meaningful experience at SMU and to help students navigate through all the available resources offered at SMU. SMU is home to the International Student Leaders and are always ready to offer advice about living in the U.S., answer any questions about resources off- and on-campus, and also be a friend. For more information on our excellent leaders, please visit the International Student Leaders List.

Our International Student Leaders lead five sub-committees:

-Professional Development
-Cultural Events

If you are a current student at SMU, we want to hear from you! If you have a successful story you want to share with the SMU community, please send it to us. All you need to do is submit a short essay describing your story. Your story can be anything from your academic achievements or a project you initiated which has impacted our SMU students or community meaningfully. We love to share the great things you are doing so be sure to let us know! See Wengyiqiao's story below.

Please submit your essay to:, subject: International Student Success Story.

Alternative Spring Break Scholarship winner shares her story:

This is Wengyiqiao Jin. I attended the Genesis & Women's Shelter & Support trip in Dallas. This trip is awesome! We sorted and cleaned donations at the Genesis Thirft Store. We also played with children, cooked for them, made fall festival things and sorted clothes. We served the organizations of the shelter, children and women. The best thing is that I know a lot about the domestic violence which can also help me protect myself and I can do some little things to make others feel better. I learned how women and children are suffering when domestic violence happens and we should do our best to relieve their pain. I really encourage international students to go on AB trips. You can do meaningful things in the break and also make many good friends in this trip! I notice that people who chose this trip are really nice people!

For more information about the SMU Alternative Breaks Programs, please go to: