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International Student Advisor (Study Abroad)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Study Abroad (10000997)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Definition of Class

This position advises and assists international students or scholars. The incumbent provides guidance on U.S. laws and regulations relevant to international status; processes and prepares applications and paperwork related to admission status; designs and implements orientation and departure programs; maintains records; monitors progress; and assists with the coordination of student or scholar services.


The advisor in the Office of Study Abroad will advise incoming exchange students, intensive English students and incoming sponsored students.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Processes and prepares applications and paperwork relating to permanent residence, employment, and admission status.
  • Advises international students or scholars on immigration matters relating to document processing, personal, and/or financial matters.
  • Assists in the coordination of international services relating to orientation, crisis management, document advising, and planning of cultural activities.
  • Assists students or scholars with academic and personal needs through campus networking. Assists in making referrals to the appropriate campus services.
  • Serves as a liaison with U.S. government and foreign governmental agencies as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer.
  • Assists with the development and coordination of activities associated with J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and other special events.
  • Communicates with faculty, staff, and international student's family members regarding personal or academic issues.
  • Stays abreast of immigration laws relating to various visa types. Provides technical guidance to the University community on matters relating to visa types, which includes F-1, J-1, J-2, H-1, B1, TN, O-1, and/or permanent residency status.
  • Maintains, updates, and reviews records to ensure eligibility status of current and future students. Develops and maintains forms and materials.
  • Files and assists in filing of petitions with federal agencies.
  • Advises on volunteer and community service, as well as campus opportunities for involvement. Attends cultural programs and University events on behalf of the department.
  • Plans and coordinates orientation, including facility reservations, speakers, arrival transportation and assistance with on- and off-campus housing.
  • Plans and coordinates a variety of academic, cultural and social programs and serves as a chaperone for cultural activities. Communicates with student organizations that have an international focus.
  • Serves on campus committees
  • Assists in the recruitment of visiting international students through various forms of communication, including email, web content, publications, and attendance at conferences.
  • Serves as point of contact for inquiries from international students and partnerships via phone, email or in-person.
  • Provides individual counseling to visiting international students, using a cross-cultural perspective, on matters related to pre-arrival, arrival and adjustment to the U.S., Mississippi, and the campus. Interprets actions of American professors, students, and community members to visiting international students.
  • Maintains budgets for programming and office needs.
  • Assist with goal setting, office planning, overall budgeting, and coordination and implementation of special projects and initiatives.
  • Serves as Designated School Official as defined by 8 CFR 214.3 (I)(1) and Alternate Responsible Officer as defined by 22 CFR § 62.11.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Processes and prepares applications and paperwork relating to admission status.
  2. Assists in developing, coordinating, and implementing activities associated with international services programs and special events.
  3. Advises international students or scholars on U. S. laws and regulations relevant to international status.
  4. Assists students on campus with academic and personal needs.
  5. Assists in recruitment and advising of international students or scholars.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.                           

Six (6) months of experience related to the above described duties.


Meets eligibility requirements of Designated School Official for purposes of SEVIS as defined by 8 CFR 214.3(I)(1)(i) and eligibility requirements for Responsible Officers and Alternate Responsible Officers at 22 CFR 62.0(g)(1). (This requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence.)

Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

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