International Admissions and The Student and Exchange Visitor Program: What College Administrators Need to Know

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On top of all the responsibilities and privileges of your average college and university student, international students have a unique set of requirements and processes in order to maintain the conditions of their nonimmigrant student status. Staff of admissions and registrar’s offices may or may not be designated school officials to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), but their role is important to international student success in maintaining status. In this session, we will cover Forms I-20 and their issuance to an admitted student, course load requirements and dropping classes for international students, concurrent enrollment options, and information that the school always needs to keep regarding international students.


Tandice Ghajar
Management and Program Analyst, SEVP

Tandice Ghajar is a Management and Program Analyst for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). She has supported SEVP since 2007. Her primary area of expertise is Student Issues. She currently serves as Lead in that capacity for SEVP Analysis and Operations Center (SAOC). Ms. Ghajar holds a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a M.A. degree from George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs.


Robert Watkins
Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Texas at Austin, Former Vice-President of International Education, AACRAO

Robert Watkins has been in the field of international education for 36 years, all spent at The University of Texas at Austin. Member of AACRAO, NAFSA, and EAIE, he chaired the NCAA International Student Records Committee 2002-11 and served on the AACRAO Board as Vice President for International Education 2009-12. He has been involved with the AACRAO EDGE project from its inception and is one of four members on the International Education Standards Council (IESC) which provides credential advice found in EDGE. He is a frequent presenter at AACRAO and NAFSA conferences.

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AACRAO’s International Education Services provides evaluations of education credentials from all countries of the world, assuring consistent treatment of those educated outside the United States.

In addition, we also offer foreign education credential training at our Summer Institute for International Admissions and Winter Institute for Transfer Credit.

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