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International Services

The Office of International Services (OIS) offers a full range of resources for our community of international students and scholars. We offer advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural, and general matters. And we seek to plan and coordinate a variety of academic, cultural, and social programs that enhance the integration and success of international students and scholars.  A vital part of OIS is the team of student interns it employs, who participate in all aspects of programming.

Intercultural competence—the ability to communicate and relate effectively and appropriately with members of another cultural background on their terms—is a necessary skill among graduates ready to join a global marketplace. Toward this end, we look both to assist international students in adjusting to and embracing a new culture and also to involve and engage all members of the campus community in events, workshops, and other opportunities to share the wealth of global perspectives and enjoy the full experience of our campus.

The Office of International Services collaborates with the International Studies Program, the Office of International Programs, the Vassar International Student Association, the Office of Career Development, the Vassar Student Association and a wide variety of academic departments, administrative offices, and student organizations in efforts to provide programming that speaks to the college’s mission to promote a global perspective among all our students.

An educational program out of the Office of International Services, the Vassar Haiti Project was founded in 2001 to elevate the discourse about and awareness of Haitian culture and society, to foster sustainable development in a village in Haiti, and to provide students at Vassar with a life changing experiential education in global citizenship. This unique, award-winning initiative engages students in very real ways with important concepts and tough questions relating to nongovernmental activity in the developing world. Students participate in grant-writing and research, conduct presentations at schools and community organization, help to plan and implement fundraising events in the community and at Vassar, and have the opportunity to travel to Haiti to assess the progress of the initiatives they research. For more information visit the Haiti Project website.

Andrew Meade is the director of international services as well as an assistant dean for campus life and diversity. Please contact anmeade@vassar.edu or visit the international services website for more information.