We are a team of student development professionals in the School of International Service. We inform undergraduate students about the curriculum and university regulations and assist them in developing their academic and professional goals. By providing a supportive environment, we give students the opportunity to succeed and grow into responsible global citizens.
We utilize a team model. Most students prefer to see the first available advisor, but students may choose to see the same advisor for each appointment if they prefer.
Students spend the first two years defining their interests and goals for college and exploring the thematic areas of the SIS major. As part of this process, peer advisors assist first-year students with creating four year plans. In the third and fourth year of their academic program, students focus their attention on defining their career goals.
Our front desk staff can:
grant certain prerequisite waivers
explain general university policies and procedures
discuss how to register for internships and independent studies
determine whether your concern requires an appointment with an advisor
There is also an advisor on duty at all times that the office is open. The on call advisor can answer 5-10 minute "express advising" questions including:
urgent personal issues
final signatures on forms that students have already discussed with an advisor
students who are considering taking a leave from the university
confirming your intended schedule for next semester
other quick questions
Complex personal issues and questions involving significant discussion are addressed in appointments. Some examples include:
long-term academic planning
study abroad preparation
selecting a thematic area
deciding on a study abroad program
exploring a new major
Please start by visiting us during express advising. If we can't fully resolve your question, we will schedule an appointment for you.