Pre-Conference Workshops

In addition to a great conference day schedule, a number of workshops and other events will be offered a day prior to this year’s NCAIE State Conference. Pre-conference happenings will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Guilford College.

Thursday, March 8th Schedule:

12:00 – 5:00pm F-1 Beginner Workshop
12:00 – 3:00pm F-1 Intermediate Workshop
2:00 – 5:00pm J-1 Beginner Workshop
2:00 – 5:00pm Education Abroad Risk Management Workshop
2:00 – 5:00pm Education Abroad: Faculty-Led Programming: Opportunities and Challenges
2:00 – 5:00pm Education Abroad: Funding and Financial Resources
3:00 – 5:00pm Advanced Immigration Roundtable (no fee required)

Event Descriptions:

F-1 for Beginners: (International Student & Scholar Services: Immigration)
This workshop is designed for those new to the field of immigration advising, campuses with a small number of international students, or as a refresher course. The workshop will cover the following topics: DSOs and their role at an institution, immigration documents and visa types, issuing I-20s,recordkeepingg requirements, maintaining status, changing status, reinstatements, school transfers, and resources.

F-1 Intermediate: (International Student & Scholar Services: Immigration)
This intermediate level workshop is designed for DSOs who understand the processes of F-1 student advising and are ready to tackle some of the more complex, or “gray,” situations. Participants will discuss a range of case studies on the topics of DSO responsibilities, travel, transfers, employment, change of status, and reinstatement.

J-1 for Beginners: (International Student & Scholar Services: Immigration)
Designed for relatively new ROs and AROs, this session covers J-1 immigration documents, federal record keeping requirements, J categories, issuing DS 2019s, program validation and maintaining status, change of status, and academic training.

Education Abroad: Risk Management: (Education Abroad)
This workshop will help advisors understand their role in risk management and mitigation. Discussion will be centered on the importance of planning well for study abroad programs, how to best mitigate risks, and legal requirements necessary to follow. Through small group discussions of various case studies, attendees will be able to share Best Practices they already know, formulate others, and understand how to put them into practice. The workshop is intended for entry to mid-level advisors, not directors already engaged in risk management work, and will require the active participation of the attendees.

Education Abroad: Faculty-Led Programming: Opportunities and Challenges (Education Abroad)
This workshop is intended for all who are interested in developing or improving faculty-led study abroad programs at their institutions. If you are just starting the process or have led programs but would like to find out whether others are doing something new, this is the workshop for you. We will discuss the basic steps in setting up a program; the pros and cons of short-term versus summer -/semester- long programs; using third-party providers; building sustainable programs; getting the numbers to make your program viable and much more.

Education Abroad: Funding and Financial Resources (Education Abroad)
Many of our students would like to study abroad, but do not know how to finance their study. How can different stakeholders on campus help students understand how to fund their study abroad? What are the roles and restrictions of financial aid advisors, study abroad advisors, and other stakeholders? What are some different ways to set up program billing and what are some points to consider with each? At this workshop, advisors from different institutions will share information on their processes and resources.

Advanced Topics in US Immigration Roundtable: Designed for experienced international student/scholar advisors, this meeting aims to share best practices among colleagues across the state. There will be facilitated discussions regarding issues of importance to the international student and scholar office. Feel free to bring items to the workshop and they will be discussed as time allows. Please also bring your business cards for networking!

NCAIE Social: NCAIE will be hosting a social on the evening of the pre-conference workshops at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company in downtown Greensboro. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their meal.

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