Office Hours and Contact

The Center for International Programs is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am 5:30 pm and on Fridays 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Who is your advisor?

F-1 students with questions about F-1 immigration regulations, employment (OPT/CPT), travel, change of status, admission and transfer to VSU, international student scholarships, health insurance, obtaining social security number, enrollment verification, international student activities and programs are advised by Ms. Lauren Braun.

J-1 exchange students and scholars are advised by Mr. David Starling or Irina McClellan.

How do I contact my advisor?

There are a number of ways for you to contact an advisor at the Center for International Programs.

Telephone Calls and E-mail

An advisor will be available to take phone calls between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Telephone calls are a good way to get straight-forward general information, but you may be referred to come back for an appointment if your situation is more complicated. Questions may also be e-mailed to Ms. Lauren Braun or Ms. Danielle Bacud.

Walk-In Advising

International Students may see the international student advisors for a 15 minute time slot on a first-come, first serve basis during the following office hours (guaranteed visits are by APPOINTMENT ONLY): Walk-in appointments are permissible for I-20 travel signatures, picking up documentation, and quick questions. All other inquiries should be by APPOINTMENT.

Monday 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
or by Appointment

Walk-in Appointments will not be taken during regular coffee hour events unless prior permission is requested.

These times are for F-1 students with routine inquiries and requests. No Walk-ins on Thursdays unless prior arrangements have been made. Please make an appointment by phone 333-7410 or e-mail or

J-1 exchange students may see Mr. David Starling or Mrs. Irina McClellan for a 15 minute time slot on a first-come, first serve basis during the following office hours:

Monday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Advisor appointments

Individual appointments are scheduled at various times between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Mondays -Thursdays and until 2:30 pm on Fridays.

You should call the Center for International Programs at (229) 333-7410 to schedule an appointment. You will be asked for some information on the reason for the appointment. This will allow us to give you an idea of the documents you may need to bring and it will help the advisor to prepare for your visit if necessary. If you are uncomfortable in giving your reason for the visit then you do not have to share this information. You may also contact your advisor to schedule an appointment.