Course
Student Member
$308
Member
$420
Nonmember
$560
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
September 1 - 30, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today
October 1 - 31, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

Please sign up for the course before registration end date. All end dates are final due to migrations of cohorts into the courses.


As a new international student adviser, you need to get up to speed quickly to ensure compliance among F-1 students. This 4-week, self-paced course brings you into the office of a typical university to work with and support their international students. Through six online modules, you will address the many challenges you will face in your advising role--from administering the initial I-20, visa and entry procedures, legal employment, and managing transitions.

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

Who Should Register?

No prior experience necessary. This course includes basic information on essential job responsibilities and is designed for both brand new and job-seeking international advisers. More experienced advisers or other interested stakeholders may benefit if they have not had formal DSO or international advising training.

Please purchase this course with your credit card through the NAFSA Shop. Please note that we are no longer able to process paper registrations and payments submitted via fax due to strict stay-at-home orders recently issued for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Course Objectives

  • Perform basic compliance, reporting, and procedural tasks to support F-1 students to maintain status and obtain benefits.
  • Identify the situations impacting the personal and academic adjustment and immigration status of F-1 students.
  • Identify campus and external partners to provide services and resources for F-1 students.
Module 1: Your Role as Adviser and DSO
Module 2: Initial Procedures for Newly Admitted Students and Dependents
Module 3: Enrollment and Reporting Procedures
Module 4: F-1 Employment Options and Restrictions
Module 5: Travel and Re-entry in F-1 Status
Module 6: Managing Transitions

Your 2020 Education Abroad Advising e-Learning Dean

Make use of a unique opportunity. Our subject matter expert, Ingrid Galinat, 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.