About ISSS

Welcome to International Services for Students and Scholars! Our office is commonly referred to as ISSS.

This page was last updated on: October 09, 2019.


Meet the Staff

Mary Nellis

Mary Nellis is the Director of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mary is responsible for overseeing ISSS and ensuring compliance with all federal regulations.

Mary came to RPI in June 2018, bringing 15 years of experience in International Student Services. A strong advocate for international students and campus internationalization, she has spent 12 years advising on visa regulations and helping maintain institutional compliance with regard to hosting F and J non-immigrant visa holders.

In her free time, Mary enjoys volunteering, traveling, cooking, and many outdoor adventures - especially with her dog.

Emilie Buse

Emilie Buse is the Assistant Director of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She maintains the software system Terra Dotta and ensures that student data is accurate, advises and counsels students regarding immigration matters, and processes employment requests.

Emilie comes to Rensselaer from Pratt Institute, where she was an International Student Advisor for 2 years with a focus on programming, immigration advising, technology, and assessment.

Emilie earned her BA in New Media from Purchase College, SUNY and her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. During these degrees, she studied abroad in Spain and India. Emilie is an upstate New York native and loves going to the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Angelique Turman Corchado

Angelique Turman Corchado is the International Student Advisor of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Angelique works with F-1 students on immigration compliance and employment authorization. She also collaborates with other departments in Student Life on programming initiatives to support international students.

Angelique is originally from the Albany area and graduated from Siena College with her BA in Spanish in 2015. She will complete her MA in International Education in May 2019. Along the way, Angelique has enjoyed many opportunities to study, and work abroad - mainly in Spain and Brazil.

In addition to travel, Angelique loves her Netflix account, dance, board games and snuggling with her cat.

Erin Barrett

Erin Barrett is the Exchange Visitor Specialist of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Erin assists academic departments inviting scholars to Rensselaer, and advises J-1 scholars and J-1 degree-seeking students on immigration compliance, employment authorization, extensions, and other requests. Erin also presents orientation to new J-1 scholars and collaborates with other departments on programming initiatives to support Rensselaer’s scholar population.

Erin came to RPI in September 2019, bringing over eleven years of experience supporting international students within higher education.  Erin earned both her BA in Comparative Literature and French, and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from UMass Amherst. During her undergraduate degree, Erin studied abroad in France, and she taught English in the Czech Republic after graduating with her BA. Erin enjoys reading and hiking in the Adirondacks with her husband and their dog.

Kaylyn Getwright

Kaylyn Getwright is the Administrative Assistant of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Kaylyn has been with RPI for 3 years as the first point of contact for the ISSS office, including managing the phone and email communications and ensuring the smooth functioning of ISSS.

Kaylyn is a native of Ballston Spa, NY, and currently resides in downtown Troy. Kaylyn has two cats, enjoys watching movies, and exploring all the gastronomic offerings in downtown Troy and Albany.


Hours + Location

Here is contact information for International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS).

Phone Number

Call us at +1-518-276-4966. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m


Email us at ISSSoffice@rpi.edu. We aim to respond to messages within 48 hours or less.

In Person

Visit us in person on the Rensselaer campus in 1528 15th Street. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ISSS has moved to 1528 15th Street, effective March 1, 2019.

  • We are closed on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for our weekly Staff Meeting.
  • To see other closures, please review the News of the Week and our Facebook page.

To navigate the campus, use this map: http://bit.ly/RPI-campusmap

  • ISSS is located near Academy Hall, and we are directly next to The Fire Department.

Open Hours: ISSS holds Open Hours each week for students and exchange visitors to come sit with an ISSS advisor and discuss your concerns. The Open Hour schedule can be found here: http://bit.ly/ISSSannouncements

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Emergency Contacts

In case of an emergency related to immigration issues:

  • During business hours, call ISSS at 518-276-4966
  • When ISSS is closed, please call Public Safety at 518-276-6656

What is an immigration emergency?

An immigration emergency is if you receive a phone call from someone who identifies themselves as an ICE agent, or if you are arrested.

An immigration emergency is not that you are missing a travel signature or need to pick up documents from ISSS.

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Social Media

Follow ISSS on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/RPI.ISSS/