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September 1 - 30, 2021 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

The next session starts on September 1, 2021. Enrollment is open from now through August 26, 2021. For details on applying, review the FAQ section

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.

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.

  • 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.

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 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: 2-4 hours per week, approximately 8 hours to complete.
  • Level: Introductory
  • 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: 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 2021 F1 Advising: Getting Started e-Learning Dean

Make use of a unique opportunity. Our subject matter expert, Kerry Gonzales, 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.