International Student Services & Multicultural Programming

International Week

The Office of International Student Services at Washington and Jefferson College offers a friendly support system to help guide our new international students during their time at W&J. Our office organizes international student orientation and cultural exchange events, provides peer counseling and visa information, and offers support to international students in academic, social, personal and cultural adjustment.

The Office of International Student Services supports two distinct groups of international students. International exchange students come to W&J for one or two semesters as part of an exchange agreement between their home university and W&J. Degree-seeking international students come to W&J for their entire college experience. The Office of International Student Services is pleased to support both groups of students throughout their stay at W&J, whether they come for one semester or the full four years.

Once they have been admitted to the College, international students are contacted by the Office of International Student Services. We deal with each student on an individual basis to provide visa support, offer advice for pre-departure preparations, and meet them upon their arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Upon arrival on campus, international students are given a full orientation to Washington & Jefferson College. During this orientation, students are introduced to the vital departments of the College so that they may begin to take control of their new lives. Visits are conducted to the Business Office, Student Health Services and Public Safety in order to familiarize students with their services. Also, we address issues such as maintenance of visa status and program responsibilities, study skills, the academic standards of the College, campus computer facilities and usage, and banking in the U.S.

Once classes begin, we offer support services for our international student body including but not limited to:

  • Counseling by full time staff in areas of social, personal and cultural adjustment

  • Resource center for general living needs

  • Counseling on travel in and out of the U.S. in legal immigration status

  • On-campus events

  • Excursions to local attractions

  • Opportunities for cultural exchange on-campus and within the community

Contact Us

Office of International Student Services
Kara Kauffman, Assistant Director of International Student Services & Multicultural Programming: kkauffman@washjeff.edu
The Hub

Washington & Jefferson College
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-503-1001 ext. 3318