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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

International Institute Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament & Dinner
June 11, 1 pm
Glen Echo Country Club

Sponsorships available. For more information, click here.

World Refugee Day - June 20
To learn more about World Refugee Day, click here.

World Refugee Day Events:

IKEA: Worldwide Refugee Crisis Event
June 19, 6 pm

With panelists Blake Hamilton, International Institute, and Carlos Suarez, United Nations St. Louis

Bagels & Coffee Speaker Series: World Refugee Day
June 20, 8 am - 9 am
International Institute

Recognizing the resilience and courage of refugees. Latest facts & figures, refugee stories and interactive experiences. For more information, click here. To register at info@iistl.org.

Walk #withrefugees
June 20, 4:15 - 5 pm
International Institute

Walk in honor of World Refugee Day. Meet at International Institute at 4:15 pm to walk from IISTL to Rooster on S. Grand. Wear United Nations blue and make a sign to carry.

World Refugee Day fundraiser at Rooster S. Grand sponsored by Baileys' Restaurants
June 20, 5 - 9 pm
Have a drink or dinner at Rooster on S. Grand and support the International Institute of St. Louis.

"Last Men in Aleppo" documentary film sponsored by Nine Network & POV
June 21, 7 pm - 9 pm
International Institute

The devastating Syrian civil war is brought to life through the eyes of a group of volunteer rescue workers in Aleppo known as the White Helmets. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to info@iistl.org.

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

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

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

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