From Albania to Zimbabwe: Where and to Seek Help

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Hi!  I’m SeungLee Lee, a sophomore hailing from Seoul, South Korea, and I am thrilled to be writing for From Albania to Zimbabwe. I will try to share all aspects of the international experience at Brown and hopefully provide a well-rounded, honest picture of what an American college experience is really like. Stay tuned!

Hey all, hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Today I wanted to talk about resources available at Brown, including those particular to international students. I attended a lunch for international students the other day in which deans from the International Student and Academic Support Offices spoke to and heard thoughts from international students. It was great in that I not only had a better understanding of what resources are out there but also felt reassured that there are always people here to help. Here are some offices and resources with a focus on international affairs. Hope this helps!

  • DOC (Dean of the College)

Academic deans are available to discuss topics relating to students’ academic lives, specifically catering to international students’ needs. Topics include A-level/IB credentials, the CPT/OPT process, and study/extra-curricular balance.

  • English Language Learning Resources/Writing Center

The center holds workshops and individual appointments for students whose first language is not English. The Writing Center, which is open for all students, provides assistance in brainstorming, drafting and polishing academic essays. I find the center to be one of the most useful resources – it not only improves my writing but forces me to procrastinate less.

  • International Mentoring Program

This program is mainly for first year students and is the first one to greet them as they come to Brown for International Student Orientation. Each student is paired up with an IMP Mentor along with several other mentees.

  • International Student & Visitor Experience Office

The office provides support and advocacy for international students and visitors, including career options, OPT/CPT process, study abroad and more. The deans there are wonderful – they understand that every student’s experience and troubles are unique and strive to accommodate each student as much as possible.

  • Office of International Student & Scholar Services

Probably the most relevant out of all – the OISSS provides resources for immigration and visa matters, work permission as well as concerns from students, faculty and researchers of foreign citizenship. It holds workshops, walk-in advising hours as well as individual appointments. This office is where you receive your I-20, the document you must have to obtain a visa and enter the US, and have it signed every year.





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