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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 Trivia Night
March 23, 7 pm
International Institute Gym

Join the International Institute for a fun-filled evening of 10 rounds of internationally-themed trivia. Guests can bring food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks for their tables. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Sponsorships available. For more information, click here.

Race for Refugees
April 15, 9 am
Tower Grove Park

5K Run, Chip Timing and a 1-mile Fun Run. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

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

Sponsorships available. For more information, click here.

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.

Executive Order 13769: Learn More
New Executive Order
- White House: Office of the Press Secretary - March 6, 2017

IISTL News Brief - January Issue