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About Us

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

  • Katie Ahlman

    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 achieve their dreams while at Western New England University.

Student Assistants

  • Afshi R

    Afshi is a senior Forensic Biology major with Chemistry and Criminal Justice minors and originally from Pakistan. In addition to being an integral member of ISSS, she also works for the First Year Office and is a Mentor for the Connections Mentoring Program. She is also heavily involved in Spiritual Life. She loves shopping and travelling in her free time and is an amazing cook! She is very excited to meet everyone!

  • Sarah L

    Sarah is a sophomore Pre-pharmacy major and originally from Westfield, MA. When not studying, she likes to cook, work, and watch Netflix. Her favorite place to be is at the beach or hiking in the woods! Her future aspirations are to finish school and become a Pharmacist at a hospital. 

  • Darius C

    Darius is a sophomore biomedical engineering major at Western 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!

  • Mohammad

    Mohammad grew up in Saudi Arabia. He’s now studying his third year in Mechanical Engineering. He is quiet, easy-going, optimistic, and flexible to work to work with. He likes music, reading books, playing soccer, walking and traveling.