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The International Center

The International Center visa and immigration services as well as social and cultural programs to support Tufts University's international students, scholars, and employees across Tufts's campuses. Our team reports to Cigdem Talgar, Vice Provost for Education in the Office of the Provost. We collaborate closely with other University departments to ensure that our students, scholars, and employees have extraordinary experiences as members of the Tufts community. We welcome you to read more about our team and to contact us if we can assist you in any way.

Sophia Alfred

Sophia Alfred
International Student & Scholar Advisor

Sophia joined the International Center in July 2023. As advisor, she is responsible for working with undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Engineering and the undergraduate exchange students. She serves as the advisor to the Davies House, also known as the I-House.

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Marva Bernard-Saunders

Marva Bernard-Saunders
International Center Coordinator

Marva became the International Center Coordinator in June 2022.  As Coordinator, supports the International Center's administrative and financial operations across the Center's three offices in Medford / Somerville, Boston, and the Fletcher School.

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Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry
Interim Director

Sarah  joined the International Center in August 2012. Sarah works remotely assisting international faculty and employees in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, the Fletcher School, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is responsible for preparing H-1B and other employment petitions and advising A&SE, Cummings, and Fletcher faculty and departments on Permanent Residency issues. Since January 2024, Sarah is also serving as the interim Director of the International Center.

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Pat Himes

Patrick ("Pat") Himes
Assistant Director for Technology

Pat has been with the International Center since August 2014. Pat advises international graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. In addition, he oversees the GO Pre-Orientation program for new undergraduate students, and manages the International Center's database systems and technology-related processes.

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Julia Keither

Julia Keith
Program Coordinator

Julia joined the International Center in April 2022.  As Program Coordinator, she is responsible for creating and executing cultural and social events and advising student programs including the Peer Advisor Program and GO for the University's Medford/Somerville, Boston Health Sciences and SMFA campuses.

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Sylwia Kohut

Sylwia Kohut
International Student & Scholar Advisor

Sylwia joined the International Center in February 2023. A native of Poland, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Rhode Island College and is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Bridgewater State.

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Lizzie Siegle

Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Siegle
Senior International Student & Scholar Advisor

Lizzie has worked at Tufts University since 2012 and joined the International Center in October 2018. She supports international students at the Fletcher School, as well as J-1 scholars at the Fletcher School and the School of Engineering. Lizzie manages the International Center's Intercultural Conversation Program (ICP).

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Marisa Silva

Marisa Silva
International Student & Scholar Advisor

Marisa joined the International Center in June 2018 as the International Center Coordinator, and in June 2022 became an International Student and Scholar Advisor. Marisa advises undergraduate students in Arts & Sciences and carries out a variety of programming roles to support international students at Tufts.

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Neriliz Soto-Gonzalez

Neriliz Soto-Gonzalez
Assistant Director for Administration

Neriliz joined the International Center in January 2016. Neriliz oversees multiple administrative and immigration processes for the International Center. In addition, she provides immigration advising and support services to international students and scholars based at the Boston Health Sciences campus.

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Heather Varnet

Heather Varnet
Senior International Student & Scholar Advisor

Heather joined the International Center in August 2018, and advises F-1 students and J-1 scholars at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In addition, Heather is responsible for preparing H-1B and other employment petitions for the Tufts School of Dental Medicine.

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