International Student Success

The Rinker Center for Global Affairs’ International Student Success team is dedicated to fostering global perspectives and ensuring the success of our international students while enrolled at Ball State University.

Please note that for assistance in regard to visa services, arrival information, and work authorization, you need to contact International Services. If you are unsure of who to ask for help, the International Student Success team can connect you to the right resource. Here are International Student Success featured services:


We are here to support you on your academic, professional, and personal journeys. We offer support for students experiencing culture shock, who have questions about US culture, who need some guidance understanding class requirements, who want to discuss their future career plans, and for those who have financial concerns. We also just love getting to know you! Feel free to schedule a meeting with us:


International Education Week

Since its inception in 2000, International Education Week (IEW) has been an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. At Ball State, we commemorate this week through a series of events, workshops, and roundtable discussions. We celebrate IEW in November. Keep an eye out for our events and contact us if you are interested in hosting an IEW event!

The International Student Advisory Board is a dedicated community committed to cultivating an inclusive and supportive environment for international students. Serving as a valuable platform, the board facilitates the exchange of experiences, provides an avenue for expressing concerns, and collaborates on initiatives aimed at enriching the overall international student experience. Engaging with diverse peers, members contribute to a dynamic multicultural community and play a vital role in shaping the landscape for international students at our institution. Participation in the International Student Advisory Board offers an opportunity to be actively involved in fostering positive change and promoting cross-cultural understanding. If you are interested in participating, please email our Director of International Student Success.

The Rinker Center offers international student financial assistance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Graduate students must be in their second year of study or the second semester, provided they are enrolled in a one-year program. Students who are seeking assistance will need to make an appointment with our Director of International Student Success or our International Student Success Coach to discuss eligibility.

Ball State students who are experiencing financial crisis may be eligible for a one-time grant from the Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid Fund

Cardinal Kitchen is Ball State University's campus food pantry. The pantry is located on the lower level of the Student Center, Room L-27, and is available for use to all undergraduate and graduate students