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June 15 - July 15, 2021 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

The next session starts on June 15, 2021. Enrollment is open from now through June 11, 2021. For details on applying, review the FAQ section

This four-week, self-guided e-Learning course will lead participants towards developing a comprehensive and nuanced approach to improve their F-1 advising. Through real-world case studies, participants will gain skills to advise international students through the complexities of resolving status issues such as correcting errors, addressing visa and entry issues, supporting change of status, managing terminations and reinstatements, and more.

This is an intermediate-level course. In order to successfully apply the complex skills that are covered in this course, participants must have some prior advising experience or formal training. The content builds on the foundational competence that is gained from completing the “F-1 Advising: Getting Started” e-Learning course or the “F-1 Beginners” Core Education Program (CEP) Workshop, or formal on-the-job training.

  • Identify, interpret, and apply relevant law and government policy within your institutional and legal roles.
  • Inform F-1 students of necessary actions to maintain status and obtain benefits.
  • Assist new and continuing F-1 students with situations that affect academic success and intercultural adjustment.
  • Coordinate with campus partners to provide services and resources for F-1 students.

Special bonus: Participants will receive access to the NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 for the duration of the course.

Course Format

In each module, you will complete approximately one-two hours of interactive content. This course is divided into 6 modules. Each module will correspond to a section of the workbook and a discussion forum. You will also be asked to complete a final assessment at the end of the course.

  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Effort: 1-2 hours per week, approximately 6 hours to complete.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course Type: 100% Online (Start on the date assigned and work at your own schedule for 4 weeks)


This class requires a small amount of reading, a series of interactive modules, discussion posts, and a final assessment. To complete the course you should:

  • Go through the interactive module
  • Take notes and fill out your workbook
  • Respond to the discussion prompts in the forum 
  • Explore any of the supplemental readings that interest you
  • Take the final assessment

Grading Policy

  • Mini-Quizzes throughout the modules are meant to guide learning and are not counted towards completion of the course.
  • The workbook is for your own benefit, and will not be counted towards completion of the course. Please take detailed notes to refer back to in the future after you complete this course.
  • The final assessment is comprised of 14 questions. Submitting the final quiz is a required element of the course in order to receive your Certificate of Participation. 
Module 1: Ensuring Compliance: Regulations, Interpretation, and Institutional Policy
Module 2: Visa and Admission to the U.S. Issues
Module 3: Supporting Status Acquisition, Orientation, and Integration
Module 4: Addressing Student Status Issues and Crises

Your 2021 F-1 Advising: Beyond the Basics e-Learning Dean

Make use of a unique opportunity. Our subject matter expert, Vivian Yamoah, will be monitoring the discussion boards. If you have questions throughout the course or about situations you are currently facing, she will be ready to provide insights along with your peers. 

Vivian Yamoah

Vivian Yamoah
Towson University
Vivian Yamoah is the associate director of the International Student and Scholar Office at Towson University. She has been in the field of international education for over 10 years. Since graduating with her bachelor of arts in Asian studies and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, she...