F-1 Student Advising for Beginners


A must-have training for the new designated school official (DSO) to jump-start their career. The workshop offers new advisers a key foundation for understanding the compliance role of the DSO. Participants will benefit from a solid combination of specific knowledge that can be applied to common scenarios as well as understanding how and where to find the regulations for further reading and research. The workshop materials serve as current resources for referral when the DSO is back in the office confronting the daily tasks of advising F-1 students.

Workshop Objectives

  • Interpret student requests and accurately advise them on how to maintain their F-1 status.
  • Make informed decisions using a process that will incorporate the myriad influences affecting the decision.
  • Comply with legal and institutional reporting requirements.
  • Educate key parties on important matters involving international students.

Workshop Agenda

  • Overview of U.S. Residents
  • Government Agencies
  • Hierarchy of Authority
  • Attaining F-1 Status
  • Maintaining F-1 Status
  • Advising on F-1 Status
  • Content Review and Focus Groups

What Participants Are Saying

  • Excellent presenters who have comprehensive experience and understanding of working with F1 students.  -2017 Annual Conference workshop participant
  • So much more valuable to learn in the interactive environment that was provided. It was also valuable to ask questions in a comfortable setting.-2016 Regional Conference workshop participant
  • Rich and open discussion covering a wide range of topics pertaining to student advising, immigration law, OPT and one's responsibilities to your institution and your students as a DSO.-2016 Regional Conference workshop participant
  • It was a great introductory course that gave me a big picture idea of how what we do fits into the grand scheme of international education. Also helped acclimate me to the language and systems involved in the process.-2016 Regional Conference workshop participant


This workshop is designed for F-1 student advisers with less than one year experience; others who are interested in understanding the fundamentals of the DSO role.

Upcoming Dates

Region III conference
October 15, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Region VI conference
October 15, 2017
Louisville, KY

Region V conference
October 18, 2017
Detroit, MI

Region VII conference
October 22-23, 2017
Spartanburg, SC

Region X conference
October 23, 2017
Princeton, NJ

Region XII conference
October 23, 2017
Sacramento, CA

Region I, II & IV (Tri-Regional) conference
November 3-4, 2017
Denver, CO

Region XI conference
November 7, 2017
Mount Washington, NH

Region VIII conference
November 14, 2017
Morgantown, WV