International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff advises more than 200 international students, scholars, and their dependents from over 35 countries on matters relating to immigration as well as academic, social, financial, and personal concerns relevant to daily life in the United States. ISSS also provides programs specifically to serve the needs of international students and scholars through immigration advising and cultural adjustment programs.
ISSS collaborates with other campus offices and students organizations to develop and implement educational and co-curricular programs designed to heighten cultural awareness, appreciation of cultural diversity, and intercultural understanding for all students.
Katie Ahlman is the International Student Coordinator at Western New England University and works with all incoming international students at Western New England University. Katie received her Bachelors in Global Studies and Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Masters in Educational Policy and Administration with a concentration in International Education from the University of Minnesota. Katie has lived in Costa Rica, Cuba, and Ghana and traveled to over 12 countries. She loves working with international students and helping them introduce their culture to the greater campus community.
Maria R is from Methuen, Massachusetts and is entering her last year of undergraduate studies. She is studying English Creative Writing with a minor in Political Science. She enjoys books, dogs, & service work in communities all over the United States. Maria has studied abroad in London & Madrid, with plans to make Latin America her next continent to explore after finishing her European adventures
Mohammad is from Saudi Arabia and serves as the Cultural Advisor for Saudi students at Western New England University. He is a Mechanical Engineering major and will graduate in Spring 2018. Mohammad's role is to provide advice and help all students, especially the international students, gain confidence with their new lives on- and off campus. He likes to travel, go to the beach, swim, and play soccer. Mohammad’s friendly personality makes students comfortable around him and he encourages them to ask for help when they need it.
Darius is a sophomore biomedical engineering major at Westerm New England, who is originally from New Britain, CT. during his free time he likes to play the ukulele and enjoys being active outdoors. Most recently, Darius has also studied abroad in Qingdao, China and plans to continue to travel and explore as soon as possible!