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As a new international student adviser, you need to get up to speed quickly to ensure compliance among F-1 students. This 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.

  • Duration of Access: 60 days from the date of registration. Note that extensions are rarely granted, so please ensure you have access to your content.
  • Effort: 30-60 minutes per module. It will take longer depending on how much effort you put into the exercises.
  • Level: Introductory
  • Course Type: 100% Online (Start on the date you register and work at your own pace for 60 days)


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 content-related questions. Submitting the final quiz is a required element of the course in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

Course Engagement

Make use of a unique opportunity. Our subject matter expert, your F-1 Advising: Getting Started e-Learning Dean, will be monitoring the discussion boards. If you have questions throughout the course or about situations you are currently facing, they will be ready to provide insights along with your peers. 

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 2022 F1 Advising: Getting Started e-Learning Dean

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

Ariel Ortiz

Ariel Ortiz
Valencia College
e-Learning Course Dean
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Ariel has been in the field of International Education since 2007. Prior to his new role at Valencia College in 2018 he worked in different capacities at the Canisius College of Buffalo, Florida International University and Auburn...