Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO)

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University of Miami international students founded the Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO) in 1967 with the intent:

  • To promote and defend the interests of all international students and organizations
  • To integrate international students with campus life, and the community where possible
  • To provide cultural and social activates for all students
  • To name and nominate official representatives of this Council to all University of Miami committees as requested
  • To assist all international students and organizations on campus that so requests it, in coordinating and harmonizing their campus activities
  • To help interested international groups to organize and become registered as approved organizations at the University of Miami
  • To provide services and information to the University and the student body
  • To refrain from sponsoring any political ideas or activates emanating from outside campus issues

As you prepare for a spectacular college experience at the U, know that COISO is here to help. COISO strives to foster an environment rich with opportunities for growth and success for international students. We recommend that you read the International Student Welcome Guide before beginning your journey at the University of Miami. It also contains important contact information.

All University of Miami international students are automatically members of COISO. By participating in COISO meetings and events, you will get to know international students from over 110 countries and ensure that COISO provides the type of services and activities that meet your needs and interests as an international student at UM. For additional information and for dates of upcoming COISO meetings/events, please email coiso@miami.edu.

Visit us at the COISO Office!

COISO
University of Miami
Donna E. Shalala Student Center (SC)
1330 Miller Drive, Suite 210B
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6921
Phone: 305-284-3548 
Email: coiso@miami.edu
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/UMCOISO/ 

COISO Leadership

Executive Board 2017-2018:

President 
Chelsea-Jane Arcalas 
chelseaarcalas@miami.edu

Vice President 
Maheshi Pathirana
mxp1015@miami.edu

Vice President 
Daryl Teo
dyt3@miami.edu

Secretary 
Akshata (Akki) Gunda
axg1288@miami.edu

Treasurer 
Nimesh Nagururu
nxn176@miami.edu

Advisors:

Assistant Director, ISSS
Sevgi Ural
s.ural@miami.edu

Assistant Director, ISSS
Diana Garner
dxg621@miami.edu

Annual COISO Programs

Daytrips to Disney and the Everglades: A one-day trip in the fall and spring semesters for all international students to these famous Florida sites. These trips have been taking place the last four years so international students can experience fun Florida attractions. 

International Dance Competition: A new event as of 2008, international students and international organizations participate in this fun event and enjoy friendly competition. This event takes place in the fall semester on the Coral Gables campus at University Center Rock. 

International Student Olympics: A new event as of 2008, international students and international organizations participate in a day of fun and unusual sports such as pie-eating contests, tug of war, etc. This event takes place in the spring semester on the Coral Gables campus intramural fields. 

International Week: COISO's oldest and most famous tradition, this week-long fun and educational celebration provides international students and international organizations with an opportunity to share their culture with the University of Miami community, celebrating one region of the world one day at a time. International Week culminates with a banquet and an awards ceremony. This event takes place in the spring semester on the Coral Gables campus at the University Center Patio.

International Student Mentorship Program for Freshmen: If you would like to connect with a current UM student or have general questions, you may request to be matched with an international student mentor. The International Student Mentorship (ISM) summer program, sponsored by the Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO), is an opportunity for you to connect via email with a currently enrolled UM student over the summer. Your mentor can answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate campus or community resource where your concerns will be addressed. He or she can also help you get involved on campus by sharing knowledge of events, activities, and student organizations. Please note that participation in this program is voluntary. If you are interested, please complete the International Student Mentorship Application to be matched with a mentor.  

International Organizations
For a complete list of international and cultural organizations, their contact information, and events, connect to OrgSync