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The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.

We provide essential community integration services to more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries each year. Our clients range from low-skilled to high-skilled and from non-literate to university-educated. Many are refugees who have fled war-torn countries around the world. We also work to build connections between foreign-born and long-time residents and produce Festival of Nations, our region’s most popular multi-cultural celebration.

Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Lunch
Every Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
(or until food runs out)
International Institute, Hall of Nations (main level)

Buy lunch from an immigrant caterer. Dine-in or carry-out, credit cards accepted. Menus posted weekly on IISTL's Facebook.

Lunch Schedule:

  • August 28 - Albanian
  • September 4 – Syrian
  • September 11 – Brazilian
  • September 18 – Syrian
  • September 25 – Mexican

Bagels & Coffee Speaker Series: America's New Public Charge Rule
Sept. 4, 8 am - 9:15 am
International Institute, Hall of Nations

Legally-admitted immigrants and applicants for immigrant visas could now jeopardize their ability to obtain a visa, green card, or US Citizenship if they use certain federal benefits or even appear likely to use them. Who can be affected and under what conditions? To register, email info@iistl.org. For more information, click here.

Last Wednesday Monthly at 10 am. Group tours of five or more visitors can be arranged at other times. Use this form for both requests.

Request a Speaker
Schedules, especially for the Institute's Leadership team, are filled far in advance. Notice of 4 months or more will improve the chances of meeting your request. Use this form for requests.

Get Involved

Now Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Openings

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

Become an AmeriCorps member at the International Institute. Help refugees rebuild their lives, integrate into their new communities and become self-sufficient as soon as possible in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. 

For more information about openings and to apply, click here.


New American Alliance website
Resource for services for foreign-born in the St. Louis region courtesy of NAA and its partners – International Institute, Mosaic Project, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Casa de Salud.

Filling the Skills Gap: International Institute Study of St. Louis Immigrant Occupation & Education Assets
How many immigrants and refugees in St. Louis are employed in jobs that do not utilize their professional credentials? What are the current gaps by professional occupational cluster in the St. Louis job market? How are these two issues aligned? Additional information:

Rent Event Space
Event space is available for rental by groups or individuals. First priority goes to collaborating organizations and clients. Use this form for requests.

2017 Year in Review

IISTL 2017 Annual Report & Other Resources

IISTL News Brief - June Issue