Pre-Conference Workshops

The following Pre-Conference NAFSA Workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 8am to 5pm. The cost for each workshop is $275. This cost does NOT include the FAIE Annual Conference registration.

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F-1 Student Advising for Beginners

A must-have training for the new Designated School Official (DSO) to jump-start their career. The workshop offers new advisers a key foundation for understanding the compliance role of the DSO. Participants will benefit from a solid combination of specific knowledge that can be applied to common scenarios as well as understanding how and where to find the regulations for further reading and research. The workshop materials serve as current resources for referral when the DSO is back in the office confronting the daily tasks of advising F-1 students.

Workshop Objectives

  • Interpret student requests and accurately advise them on how to maintain their F-1 status.
  • Make informed decisions using a process that will incorporate the myriad influences affecting the decision.
  • Comply with legal and institutional reporting requirements.
  • Educate key parties on important matters involving international students.

Workshop Agenda

  • Overview of U.S. Residents
  • Government Agencies
  • Hierarchy of Authority
  • Attaining F-1 Status
  • Maintaining F-1 Status
  • Advising on F-1 Status
  • Content Review and Focus Groups

What Participants Are Saying

  • “This workshop really gave me a thorough understanding of the information that I was looking for.” – Annual Conference workshop participant
  • “Excellent presenters who have comprehensive experience and understanding of working with F1 students.” – Annual Conference workshop participant
  • “So much more valuable to learn in the interactive environment that was provided. It was also valuable to ask questions in a comfortable setting.” – Regional Conference workshop participant
  • “Rich and open discussion covering a wide range of topics pertaining to student advising, immigration law, OPT and one’s responsibilities to your institution and your students as a DSO.” – Regional Conference workshop participant
  • “It was a great introductory course that gave me a big picture idea of how what we do fits into the grand scheme of international education. Also helped acclimate me to the language and systems involved in the process.” – Regional Conference workshop participant

Audience

This workshop is designed for F-1 student advisers with less than one year experience; others who are interested in understanding the fundamentals of the DSO role.

F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate

As a seasoned F-1 Adviser, you have learned that most student advising cases are not as straight forward as they initially seem. This workshop allows you to walk through nuanced situations and learn how to integrate federal regulations with your campus’ own rules to build sound institutional policies that create accurate and consistent advising. Take a deeper dive into student advising through case studies and learn model practices so you can apply them to your own campus.

Workshop Objectives

  • Be a self-sufficient adviser by knowing your resources.
  • Develop interpretations of F-1 regulations and guidance.
  • Interpret and develop institutional policy.
  • Learn techniques to advise F-1 students on situations where clear guidance is not available.

Workshop Agenda

  • P/DSO responsibilities
  • Maintenance of status
  • F-2 dependents
  • On-campus employment
  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Optional Practical Training
  • Travel
  • Transfers
  • Change of status
  • Reinstatement

What Participants Are Saying

  • “I’m a First timer. It was great to chat with other institutions about regulation interpretations and then hear from the experts on their institutions’ best practices. Although a lot of areas are gray, I feel more confident in understanding the places to go for help and guidance.” – Regional Conference participant
  • “I have been working with international students for about 3 years and I felt pretty confident with policies at my institution as well as providing I-20’s, however, this really opened my eyes to a lot more that goes with being an international advisor!” – Annual Conference participant
  • “We discussed issues I deal with in more depth and I learned about some regulations I was not previously aware of. Many of the situations we discussed in the workshop were open to interpretation and I liked that the workshop was organized so that we had the opportunity to collaborate with partners on how we would advise in particular situations, allowing me to hear multiple perspectives.” – Regional Conference workshop participant
  • “The information provided was extremely relevant to my everyday work. Being able to ask the presenters questions on rare or unusual student cases was wonderful.” – On-site participant

Audience

Designated School Officials with at least 15 months experience, who have participated in the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners Workshop, or have received training equivalent to F-1 Student Advising for Beginners.

J-1 Advising for Beginners

This essential training, geared for the new Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer, covers all of the basic regulatory aspects of the J Exchange Visitor Program. New advisers will gain a relevant overview of the current regulatory issues as well as the opportunity to think through how these concepts are applied to your specific educational context.

Workshop Objectives

  • Describe principle components and characteristics of the Exchange Visitor Program.
  • Identify resources to assist with J program administration.
  • Resolve basic exchange visitor issues, problems, and situations.

Workshop Agenda

  • Understanding the J program
  • Introduction to SEVIS
  • DS-2019 preparation
  • Sending pre-arrival information
  • Obtaining J-1 status
  • Orientation
  • Maintaining J status
  • Work authorization
  • Two-year home country residence requirement
  • J-2 dependents
  • Extensions, transfers, and end of program issues

What Participants Are Saying

  • “Great workshop. I both learned new things and also had regulations re-enforced.” – Annual Conference participant
  • “This was my very first introduction to information about J-1. They laid out the basics, including general vocabulary, which really helped me.” – Annual Conference participant
  • “The encouragement of table discussions helped me learn from experiences that others had, as well as things to look out for! I enjoyed the conversation.” – Annual Conference participant
  • “This session was great. The trainers were patient, respectful of each other and the trainees, and very entertaining…the day flew by! I feel confident to advise J-1 students/scholars/etc. in my role. I think the biggest takeaway was gaining new colleagues in the trainers to ask questions to in the future.” – Annual Conference workshop participant
  • “Good overview of the basic of the J program with hints at more advanced knowledge.” – Annual Conference participant
  • “The trainers did a wonderful job of balancing the content with thoughtful participant engagement and useful small group exercises.” – On-site workshop participant

Audience

International student and scholar advisers, new Responsible Officers (RO) and Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO), and administrators working with an existing J-1 program.

Education Abroad: Critical Skills for the Adviser

As the field of education abroad continues to advance, the demands placed on advisers grow. Learn the skills you need to be effective in today’s dynamic education abroad setting. Explore the different roles required of an adviser to be successful. Discuss the advising profession with others in the field while interacting with each other and the workshop content in a multi-faceted way. Grow as a professional by gaining a comprehensive view of your role within the larger educational context.

Workshop Objectives

  • Adapt your advising strategy to meet the programmatic needs of your education abroad students through all stages of their programs.
  • Gain advising strategies to improve your skills in six advising roles: manager, guide, responder, educator, advocate, and promoter.  
  • Work efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively to support education abroad student needs within your institution and the program destination.

Workshop Agenda

  • Overview of roles an adviser takes on
  • Generating enthusiasm for education abroad opportunities
  • Supporting students’ decisions
  • Bringing students and stakeholders together
  • Preparing students for the processes and adjustments
  • Deciding how and when to react in the interest of the student
  • Understanding and balancing institutional and individual priorities

What Participants Are Saying

  • “The workshop will be extremely useful as I recharge my advising and outreach efforts for the upcoming academic year.” – Annual Conference workshop participant
  • “I have gained some new skills, perspectives and tons of resources.” – Regional Conference workshop participant
  • “Small group work within the workshop was stimulating and helped build connections.” -Regional Conference workshop participant

Audience

This workshop is an introductory workshop for education abroad advisers, study abroad providers, or others, who have been in the field for fewer than three years.