Under new name, the Office of Global Services is open for international students

Sundar Kumarasamy
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Northeastern’s global pres­ence con­tinues to grow with expe­ri­en­tial learning pro­grams in 134 coun­tries and on all con­ti­nents, stu­dents hailing from more than 140 coun­tries, and a new regional campus in Toronto. The span of the university’s foot­print through its pro­grams and stu­dent pop­u­la­tion brings increasing demand for a wide range of resources avail­able to inter­na­tional students.

Ear­lier this fall, the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute changed its name to the Office of Global Ser­vices to better align with Northeastern’s efforts to embrace and cel­e­brate the global cul­tures ingrained in the uni­ver­sity community.

Sundar Kumarasamy
Sundar Kumarasamy

With the kind of growth North­eastern has expe­ri­enced, we now have the crit­ical mass to address stu­dents’ needs at the global level,” said Sundar Kumarasamy, vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment man­age­ment. “That includes our domestic stu­dents as well as the knowl­edge diver­sity that stu­dents bring into the class­room from global experiences.”

The Office of Global Ser­vices over­sees stu­dent ser­vice and com­pli­ance as well as cul­tural sup­port and pro­gram­ming for stu­dents and scholars. Before inter­na­tional stu­dents arrive on campus, OGS pro­vides them all the nec­es­sary paper­work and infor­ma­tion to ensure their visas are in place. In the fall and spring, the office leads ori­en­ta­tion ses­sions for stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, cov­ering every­thing from studying to living in Boston.

OGS also spon­sors events throughout the aca­d­emic year that cel­e­brate cul­tural diver­sity inter­na­tional stu­dents rep­re­sent in the uni­ver­sity community.

Tapped to lead OGS’s forward-thinking endeavors is Luchen Li, whose expe­ri­ences in fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tive posi­tions give him a unique per­spec­tive on how cross-cultural col­lab­o­ra­tion between domestic stu­dents, inter­na­tional stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff can serve as a cat­a­lyst for global agility.

Luchen Li, dean of the Office of Global Services. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Luchen Li, dean of the Office of Global Ser­vices. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

When you look at the excel­lence and track record of Luchen’s whole journey of ser­vice in the past couple of decades, he has been con­sis­tently con­necting all the dots that make a uni­ver­sity truly global,” Kumarasamy said.

Li pre­vi­ously worked at the Uni­ver­sity of New Hamp­shire, where he served as asso­ciate provost for inter­na­tional pro­grams, a role that afforded him the oppor­tu­nity to oversee all of the university’s inter­na­tional initiatives.

I am really excited about being at North­eastern,” said Li, who has also held fac­ulty posi­tions at UNH and the Rose-Hulman Insti­tute of Tech­nology. “North­eastern is already engaged in so many global ini­tia­tives and we will develop pro­grams to con­tinue that momentum.”

The Office of Global Ser­vices is located at 405 Ell Hall. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­days through Thurs­days, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri­days. Daily walk-in advising hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can email ogs@northeastern.edu or call 617.373.2310 for more information.

(The article is published with permission from News at Notheastern.)


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