Office of Global Services

Founded in 2014, the Office of Global Services (OGS) facilitates global activity across the university by providing advice to schools and departments across a range of domains, including international student and scholar services, international travel, global partnership development, and policies and protocols surrounding global activities and operations.

Global Program Support Services

The Global Program Support Services (GPS) team works with designated “global contacts” at the university to develop and communicate policies related to global activities, and collaborates with General Counsel to ensure that international agreements undergo adequate legal review. GPS also oversees operations at Georgetown's Villa Le Balze in Italy and the McGhee Center in Turkey to ensure that these properties are prepared to support a wide range of university programs and conferences. The International Students and Scholar Services team provides guidance, support and direction related to federal immigration/visa regulations governing all international students, faculty, staff, and researchers, and collaborates with Student Affairs and other offices across campus on broad non-academic support. For more information about our services, please visit the Office of Global Services website at http://globalservices.georgetown.edu.

Vanessa Meyers  Director of Global Services
Melissa Brun Director for Strategic Development
Elizabeth Greenfeld Assistant Director for Global Program Support Services
Katherine Safon Senior Program Associate
Catey Williams Assistant Director for International Safety, Security, and Programs

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SERVICES (ISSS)

Georgetown takes great pride in its international character and the over 3,500 international students, researchers, professors and staff who contribute to the uniquely multicultural learning environment on our campus. The International Student and Scholar Services (IS) team was established to assist Georgetown’s international community with the academic, emotional, and practical concerns of living, studying, and working in the United States, while ensuring institutional immigration compliance with applicable federal regulations.

Among its primary responsibilities, IS administers immigration-related services for the University. Experienced immigration advisors are available to assist non-U.S. students and scholars with issues such as entry into the United States, authorization for employment, and the general maintenance of legal status in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

In addition to immigration assistance, the division offers a variety of other services designed to support life and study in the United States. Orientations are an important aspect of this support. For international undergraduate and exchange students, a mandatory orientation program is held each August as part of New Sudent Orientation (NSO). IS offers ongoing programs on topics ranging from cultural adjustment to career development throughout the academic year. For students with individual concerns, staff advisors are available to provide personalized counseling in the areas of cross-cultural communication and adjustment.

For both U.S. and non-U.S. Georgetown students, IS sponsors events and programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and celebrate the diverse international character of the University. The International Student Association, one of Georgetown’s largest student run organizations, and the Global Living Community, a living learning community within the residence halls, which focuses on international/intercultural issues, are both sponsored by IS. Each spring, IS sponsors Georgetown’s campus-wide international celebration, called Georgetown Global Expo. Student organizations and university departments sponsor cultural events and an international food and performance festival celebrating the global diversity on campus. Other activities held throughout the year include a language exchange program, workshops, social events and excursions that contribute to building a strong international community on campus. 

For more information about International Student and Scholar Services, please visit our website at http://internationalservices.georgetown.edu.

Rachel Rubin

Director, International Student and Scholar Services

Dylan Gaffney International Student Advisor
Sarah Bunker International Student and Scholar Advisor
Sandra Layton Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Alison Maresh International Student Advisor and Communications Manager

Fulvio Orsitto

Administrative Director, Villa Le Balze

Alicia Ward Data and Compliance Manager
Stacy Williams International Student Advisor and Program Manager
Vacant

Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services