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International Student & Scholar Services (IS)

International Student & Scholar Services provides immigration and cultural support to F-1 and J-1 students and scholars whose affiliation with Georgetown is the basis for their U.S. immigration status. IS also manages institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations and policies.

The Georgetown Law Center (GULC) and the English Language Center (ELC) have dedicated IS Advisor(s) who are not part of the Office of Global Services (OGS) and who work on-site at Georgetown’s Downtown locations.

Immigration advising for Main Campus, Medical Center, and School of Continuing Studies (SCS) students and scholars is provided by the IS Advisors below. Please schedule your appointment with any available advisor.

  • Appointments are conducted by Zoom.
  • Use your Georgetown email address to reserve an appointment.
  • Ensure your computer & calendar are set to Eastern Time (ET).
  • Reserve multiple slots if you anticipate meeting for more than 20 minutes.

Anka Dadarlat

Senior International Student Advisor

– School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
– PhD
– STEM OPT Extensions (MS Biomedical Graduate Education and SCS Programs)


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Dylan Gaffney

Senior International Student Advisor

– McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)
– Biomedical Graduate Education master’s programs
– School of Medicine
– SEVIS compliance reporting and data management


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Patrick Frazier

International Student Advisor

– Undergraduates in MSB
– Full-time MBA
– MS in Management (MiM)
– Master’s SFS (Eurasian Russian and E. European Studies, Foreign Service, German and European Studies, and Global Human Development)


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Rebecca Hart

International Student Advisor

– Undergraduates in COL, SFS, NHS and GU-Q
– Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs
– Master’s SFS (Arab Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Security Studies)


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Megan Harvey

Administrative Coordinator

– General office administration
– International Orientation logistics
– International admissions support

Sandra Galib Layton

Associate Director, International Scholar Services

– J-1 scholars and student interns (Medical Center and Main Campus science departments)
– J-1 scholars sponsored by non-Georgetown institutions
– H-1B Temporary Workers
– E-3, O-1 and TN Temporary Workers
– Permanent Residency applications


Appointments are reserved for scholars.

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Lauren Phillips

Senior International Scholar Advisor

– J-1 scholars and student interns (Main Campus, except science departments, and Law Center)
– STEM OPT Extensions (Bachelors, PhD, MA, McCourt and McDonough Master’s Programs)

Appointments are reserved for STEM OPT Extensions


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Anna Saavedra

International Student Advisor

– MA degree programs (except SFS)
– MS degree programs (except Biomedical Graduate Education, MS Management, MS Data Science for Public Policy, and SFS)
– J-1 degree students sponsored by Georgetown
– J-1 exchange students
– J-1 students sponsored by non-Georgetown institutions
– STEM OPT Extensions (MS programs except Biomedical Graduate Education, McCourt, and McDonough)


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Alicia Ward

Associate Director, International Student Services

– Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)
– MA International Business and Policy (IBP)
– Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership (EMCQSL)
– Executive Master’s in Policy Leadership (EMPL)
– Executive Master’s in Leadership in Qatar (EMLQ)
– Executive Master’s in Health Administration (EMHSA)
– SEVIS compliance reporting and data management
– UIS liaison and system maintenance
– New program development


Global Program Support Services (GPS)

Global Program Support Services provides support to Georgetown departments for graduate and non-credit international programs and overseas properties. GPS also manages the international travel policy and all Georgetown international agreements.

Liz Greenfeld

Associate Director of Global Program Support Services

– Manages the international agreements process
– Global initiatives for GSAS, SCS, and MSB programs, GU-Q and all administrative offices

Maria Elena Hernandez

Administrative Officer

– Administrative support for OGS
– Front desk operations

Vanessa Meyers

Director, Office of Global Services

– Guidance for Georgetown schools and departments wishing to operate overseas

Mia Pezzanite

Senior Program Manager

– Website and office communications
– Global initiatives for SFS and MSPP graduate programs
– International agreements guidance for OGE
– Villa Le Balze conferences, non-credit and graduate programming

Catey Williams

Assistant Director for International Safety, Security, & Programs

– Guides Georgetown travelers regarding the International Travel Policy
– Global initiatives for Law Center, NHS, and School of Medicine