International Enrollment: Maintaining SEVIS Compliance and Program Sustainability

Courtyard by Marriott Pasadena Old Town • Pasadena, CA





$1,881 Non-Member

Travel and accommodations not included

[$1,599.00 Gold Member]

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You may have a rich history of enrolling international students, or perhaps you are contemplating starting a new international program. Wherever you are in the process, failing to thoroughly explore the “why” behind your desire to enroll international students can expose your school to significant risk.

If your “why” is predominantly revenue-focused without a well-developed process for successful assimilation, or if you’re not aware of changing Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requirements, your program may not be successful. Based on ISM's leading-edge study of factors most significantly impacting schools enrolling international students, discover what it means to safeguard the well being of your school and your students, both domestic and international.

Attend this workshop to learn how to identify and mitigate your school’s risk, understand the needs of international families, and support faculty and staff in ensuring success for all students.

Takeaways Include:

  • Your “why” (why you have or want to start an international student program)
  • Maintaining compliance with the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Cultivating and sustaining mission-serving school-to-host family partnerships
  • Establishing “rules of engagement” for successful vetting and partnering with international student consultants or agents
  • Student safe-environment issues; health and safety issues

Who Should Attend:

International Student Coordinators, Admission Directors, PDSO/DSOs, Business Managers, Dean of Students/Faculty, School Nurses–anyone who has responsibility for international students.

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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.

Registration is between 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. on the first day, followed by an opening session at 8:30. The workshop will end at 5:00 p.m. on the second day.

Day 1

7:15—8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.—Noon: Session
12:00—1:00 p.m.: Lunch with ISM
1:00—5:15 p.m.: Session
5:30—6:30 p.m.: Reception

Day 2

7:15—8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.—Noon: Session
12:00—1:00 p.m.: Lunch with ISM
1:00—3:30 p.m.: Session

Workshop Location
Courtyard by Marriott Pasadena Old Town
180 North Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Group hotel reservation rate of $199 is available until October 15, 2017. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following e-mail addresses from ISM:

You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation e-mail and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.

What is not included in my registration fee?

Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.

What should I wear?

Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.

Dress is casual. Wear whatever is comfortable—jeans, sweat shirts, sweaters, etc. For current weather conditions, we recommend checking

What should I bring?

You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.

Where can I work out?

Can my special dietary requirements be met?

Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.

How much free time will I have?

There are periods before, between, and after workshop sessions for relaxation, recreation, and socializing.

Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?

Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.


Confirmation Policy

We will correspond with you through e-mail as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its beginning. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)

Cancellation Policy

If circumstances change and you cannot attend the workshop, you must confirm your cancellation in writing via fax (302-656-0647) or email ( If you do so at least 10 business days prior to the start of the workshop, you can request a full refund of monies paid. Thereafter, but prior to the first day of the course, we will refund you all but $600. If you do not cancel in writing prior to the start date of the course, you will forfeit the entire workshop fee.

If you enroll using Consortium Credits, and cancel your attendance in writing at least 10 days prior to the start date of the workshop, all Credits will be returned to your school. Thereafter, but prior to the first day of the course, if you cancel, all but two of the Credits will be returned to your school. (You have the option of buying back those two Credits for $600.)

If you do not cancel in writing prior to the start date of the course, your school loses all the Consortium Credits used for payment.

Please note that non-payment of tuition does not constitute a cancellation. Failure to appear does not constitute a cancellation.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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