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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.

A. Mishra/International Institute

Upcoming Events

International Institute's Festival of Nations
August 25-26
Tower Grove Park

For more information, click here. To volunteer, click here.

National Welcoming Week
September 14-23

For more information, click here.

Bagels & Coffee Speaker Series: How STL Welcomes Immigrants, Refugees & Other Internationals
September 18, 8-9 am
International Institute - Hall of Nations

For more information, click here. To RSVP, click here.

US Citizenship Ceremony
September 21, 11 am
International Institute - Hall of Nations

Decoding the Potential: Promoting Regional Prosperity
October 19, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
International Institute - Hall of Nations

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

IISTL Holiday Bazaar
December 1 - 2
International Institute - Hall of Nations

Accepting application now for vendors. Click here for more information.

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

Crisis on the Southern Border
Presentation on July 3, 2018 @ IISTL
Click here for video of presentation.
Immigration Definitions – Anna Crosslin
Policy & Advocacy – Gavi Geller

Immigrant Service Resource Debuts: Immigrant ecosystem map courtesy of STL New American Alliance 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:

DACA presentation and panel discussion (1:06:28 video): What is fact or fiction? What is the most current news? How are Dreamers fairing in St. Louis? To watch video, click here.

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 - August/September Issue