Tentative schedule for Thursday, March 8. Additional workshops may be added.


Check In— 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Full-Day Workshops — 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


F1 Basics

Presented by Rachel Webb and René Gosch

This day-long workshop is designed for newcomers to the field (1 year of experience or less) or those who are looking to work in international student advising. Participants will learn about SEVIS, basic immigration knowledge and terms, forms, enrollment requirements, travel policy, employment authorization, and how to be sure that students are maintaining status. We will also touch on the myriad of responsibilities outside of advising that many DSOs are given, the differences between a DSO and immigration attorney, and possible regulation changes to watch for in the future. Participants will be expected to actively participate and will leave with several resources for immigration advising and case studies for practice.

J-1 Basics

Presented by Marc Davidson  

Participants will learn about the basics of hosting Exchange Visitors on the J1 Visa. We will discuss many topics including: 212e, Visa Categories, Health Insurance, Student and Scholar visa maintenance, etc. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in educational activities and case studies.

Study Abroad 101

Presented by TBD

This session will focus on all aspects involved in preparing students to study abroad including student advising, pre-departure activities, and re-entry activities. We will cover different types of study abroad program models and identify which programs may be better suited for specific students or student populations. This session will also look at some of the ways in which advisors can help students identify affordable programs, create a budget, and apply for external funding support including national scholarships.

Lunch Break — 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch not provided by IEI. 

Half-Day Workshops (Afternoon) — 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.


F1 Advanced

Presented by Stephanie Brown and Lily Huang 

Session description is forthcoming.

Students & You: Effective (Online) Engagement

Presented by Jacob Gross

This workshop will explore best practices in engaging with students at each step of the study abroad process – from point of interest to returning back to the home institution. We will brainstorm ways in which online engagement can be leveraged so that students are placed at the forefront, promoting study abroad through their own experience. This student-focused, practitioner-based workshop will highlight that it’s not always about numbers, but about the quality of engagement occurring online among students and staff. We will break down the stigma of student-to-staff online engagement and enable professionals to share what’s working. Study Abroad professionals, faculty, and graduate students are encouraged to attend.


Happy Hour at Wingate by Wyndham Schaumburg — 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cash bar.