Scheduling an International Student Advising Appointment

Our Services

In the area of International Student Services at NDSU, we provide advising and guidance for undergraduate and graduate international students. We offer pre-departure advising related to orientation and immigration for prospective and admitted international students, and ongoing advising for matters such as immigration requirements, employment, health and personal issues, and academic problems, and we advise graduated students on matters related to employment and other immigration status matters. Our office also handles on-campus programming and activities with an international focus such as International Week and also our Speakers Fair, where international students visit area schools to share their culture with young students in our community.

For F-1 international students, advising assignments are made alphabetically by last/family name, and all J-1 students are assigned to an advisor based on their J visa status.

Our Location

We are located in Memorial Union, Room 116
Our office is open weekdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Winter Break and Summer Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Advising Hours

Appointments are available based on advisor availability.

Due to limited staffing at this time, we are asking that students who wish to make an appointment email a request to our main office at and we will contact you directly to schedule a virtual appointment, whether that is an appointment offered by phone or Zoom. 

If you need to submit paperwork, please email your documents to us.

As always, remember that you can email your international student advisor directly for questions, even in this time of limited on-campus staffing. Contact information found below.

All F-1 Students

Students in F-1 or F-2 status

Miguel Santiago Rios
International Student Advisor / Programming Coordinator 

J-1 Students

Students in J-1 or J-2 status

Lisa Hauck
Associate Director

Please note: J-1 scholars are advised byTabitha Thomas located in Old Main 201B, in the Office of the Provost.

Other ways to communicate with your Advisor

Remember, you can always email or your advisor with quick questions as well, or drop off your completed paperwork for your advisor to review, and they will be in contact with you. Please see our Immigration page for information on paperwork and processing times. If you have already been working with someone below on a situation, feel free to reach out to one of the advisors, below.

Miguel Santiago Rios - 
International Student Advisor / Programming Coordinator

Sara Johnson, PhD -
Assistant Director of International Student Services

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