International Student Advisor

International Student Advisor

Reporting to the Director, the International Student Advisor is responsible for advising international students on cultural, immigration, and personal concerns, managing SEVIS database, processing student applications, in particular CPT and OPT applications.



  • Advise international students on various issues impacting them, including but not limited to immigration and adjustment to life in the US;
  • Assume, as a primary responsibility, the duties associated with advising on federal regulations that impact international students. Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO);
  • Assist with maintenance and supervision of international student records and database;
  • Process student’s applications, primarily CPT, OPT and Economic Hardship;
  • Serve as a liaison and mediator for international students with prospective employers in regard to CPT and OPT authorizations;
  • Serve on inter-office committees/teams in collaborative efforts and continuous improvement;
  • Other duties as required.



Required:   Bachelor’s degree; at the University’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

  • Experience working in an internationally focused organization/office setting, familiarity with the needs of the international community and/or international students, international travel or living experience;
  • Full command of immigration regulations on F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, and experience with SEVIS;
  • Detailed orientated and good organizational skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral);
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate technical information effectively and diplomatically;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals of various origins;
  • Computer knowledge and experience (including word processing, database management and spreadsheets);
  • Preferred experience with a database; spreadsheets, electronic mail;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.


Preferred:   Master’s degree, bilingual preferred.

  • Experiences with advising, supervision, training;
  • Experiences with CPT, OPT, F-2 dependent, reinstatement and change of status processing;
  • Knowledge of University programs and procedures.

The University of Bridgeport is committed to building a diverse university community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Qualified applicants should send a letter of application and resume to:


University of Bridgeport, Human Resources Office

International Student Advisor

126 Park Avenue,

Wahlstrom Library, 7th Floor

Bridgeport, CT 06604


Tel: (203) 576-4588   Fax: (203) 576-4601


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