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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

Apr. 15 at 9 am; Tower Grove Park
Race for Refugees 5K

Info, click here.

Apr. 15 at 10-2 pm; Niche Groups Commissary Kitchen
"Bake & Gather Pop-up Event"

Info, click here.

May 31 at 6-7 pm; International Institute
IISTL Speaker Bureau Recruitment

Do you like speaking in public? Then join the IISTL Speakers Bureau. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about our mission and are available for community meetings or gatherings.

Jun. 5 at 1 pm; Glen Echo CC
The International Golf Tournament & Dinner

Info, click here.

More upcoming events


How You Can Help

Value of Immigrants: Learn more about local and statewide impact. St. Louis overview; Feb. 21 PPT briefing. Missouri detailed report.

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

Syrian Refugee Crisis

IISTL Tours
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.

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.

IISTL News Brief - March Issue

Previous Issues & Press Releases

IISTL 2015 Annual Report