e-Learning Seminar
Student Members

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Navigate the world of sponsored student programs where building and maintaining relationships is key for successful student engagement and retention.

This webinar covers model practices for enrollment and advising of sponsored students from different campuses' perspectives, including an intensive English program. Expert speakers discuss how to maintain good communication with the sponsoring agency, as well as how to engage and integrate the sponsored students on the campus and in the community.


Participants will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate with and maintain a strong institutional relationship with sponsoring agencies;
  • Identify ways to integrate and engage sponsored students on campus and in the community with a focus on retention;
  • Build administrative systems on campus to accommodate sponsored student programming.

This webinar will appeal to those at institutions already working with or looking to expand their work with sponsored students. Invite those in admissions, international student services, intensive English program administration, and sponsoring agencies to participate.

Sharing NAFSA webinars is a cost-effective method of staying up-to-date on the hottest topics facing the field today. Invite as many attendees as you wish for the price of one registration! Not able to attend? Purchase the recording for future use.


Christie Innes
Drexel University

Christie Innes is the assistant director of administration and outreach for Drexel University's English Language Center, where she focuses on the center's growing number of government-sponsored students. Innes has served as the Sponsored Student Administration liaison for NAFSA's Region VIII, and currently serves on NAFSA's Embassy Dialogue Committee. She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master of science degree in global and international education from Drexel. Her recent graduate research in "Graduate conditional admission models: A case for Iraqi sponsored student recruitment" resulted in the implementation of the Drexel Graduate Bridge program.

Gabriele Schmiegel
University of Minnesota

Gabi Schmiegel is the current co-chair of NAFSA's Sponsored Program Administration Member Interest Group. She has worked in international education since 1995 and has been working with sponsored students for more than 10 years. In her position at the University of Minnesota (UM), Schmiegel provides ongoing individualized services to approximately 300 sponsored students, including application support, institutional cost share administration, personal counseling, and advising. In addition, she is a member of the international student and scholar services crisis counseling team. In 2009, Schmiegel received the President's Award for Outstanding Service to the University. In 2010, she received the Excellence in Service Award from the International Fellowship Office at UM's Humphrey School for Public Affairs. She holds a master's degree in political science from UM.