International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) advise more than 200 international students, scholars, and their dependents from over 30 countries on matters relating to immigration, academic, social, financial, and personal concerns relevant to daily life in the United States. ISSS also develops programs specifically to serve the needs of international students and scholars. See our Events page for more info.
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 Primary Designated School Official and Responsible Officer at Western New England University and works with all incoming international students, scholars, and dependents. Katie received her Bachelor's in Global Studies and Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Master's 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 scholars to help them achieve their dreams while at Western New England University.
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 The Office of First Year Students & Students in Transition and is a Mentor for the Connections Mentoring Program. She is also heavily involved in Spiritual Life. She loves shopping and traveling in her free time and is an amazing cook! She is very excited to meet everyone!
Darius is a 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!