International Student Acculturation: Your School’s Orientation Goals


RSVP DATE: SEP 06, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

It's vital that you provide newly enrolled international students with all that is needed to experience a successful start at your school. It's even more important because the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) expects that schools be responsible for on-boarding visiting students as well as educating them on the proper process for entering the United States on a nonimmigrant Visa.

Your school orientation should be intended as a welcoming to assist new students with their transition into a new school, country, and culture. When and how your orientation program begins will influence the rate of assimilation for your international students, and ultimately their success and the overall success of your international program. The tools and resources available and needed for students to accomplish assimilation should be revisited and reviewed monthly throughout the school year.


  • Aligning your welcome or orientation message to your school’s mission
  • Educating international students on their responsibilities for maintaining F-1 Visa status
  • Outlining “best practices” for staff and faculty working with international students
  • Establishing “rules of engagement” for successful partnering with student consultants, establishing lines of communication
  • Understanding student safe-environment issues; identifying protocol for reporting any problems
  • Extending and explaining school rules and regulations for housing: homestay and residential boarding
  • Identifying program faculty and staff responsible for SEVIS compliance: PDSO/DSO
  • Reviewing policies and protocols for international students travel, technology, media acceptable use, maintaining Visa status, etc.

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:

International Program Coordinator, PDSO/DSO, Deans of Students, Deans of Faculty, School Nurse, School Counselor, Faculty Advisor, Director of Athletics, Housing/Homestay Coordinator, and the College Counselor.

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Jacqueline M. Yamada

ISM Consultant


Jacqui, a former international student program coordinator and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), has turned her work with international students into a model for governance of international student programs. She has expertise in international student enrollment, international program establishment, SEVIS compliance, homestay concerns, and international student relations.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Jacqui shares recommended strategies for international student programs with private-independent school administrators. She teaches workshops, hosts webinars, and conducts on-site consultations to help schools create, bolster, and sustain international student enrollment programs.

Prior Experience

Jacqui previously served as Director of International Programs and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Rocky Hill School, RI. She worked with SEVIS to keep her school in strict compliance with U. S. Homeland Security and Department of State. Jacqui has worked in the education field for 25 years.

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