Administrative Services

The administrative services team provides general oversight, planning and administration support for the Office of International Students & Scholars.

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Erik Williams | he.him.his

Director
erikwilliams@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
Schedule an appointment with Erik!

 

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Adam Hanson

Adam Hanson | he.him.his

Assistant Director
adamhanson@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
Schedule an appointment with Adam

I oversee international student services as well as office operations. 

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Jeremiah Cortes | he.him.his

International Intake Advisor
oiss@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
 

I am the point contact for general inquires at OISS

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Sarah

Sarah Cortes | she.her.hers

Financial & Operations Manager
scortes@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: Student payroll; Payments and reimbursements; Procurement; Financial administration support

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Nancy

Nancy Dinh | she.her.hers

Director of Budget & Administration 
nancydinh@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: Budget & Finance, Human Resources

Student Advising Services

The student advising team at OISS serves the F-1 and J-1 student population at UC Santa Barbara. Whether you're here at UCSB to obtain your degree, or you are visiting our campus as a part of an exchange program, we are here to help! We provide immigration support via approval of student requests, drop-in advising, and one-on-one advising appointments. Visit the student advising page for more information on our services, how to submit requests, and how to meet with an advisor.

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Cristina Carney | she.her.hers

International Student Programs Coordinator/Lead Student Advisor
cristinacarney@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: J, Y
Schedule an appointment with CeCe!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: Counseling & Psychological Services; Student Mental Health Coordination Services; College of Letters & Science

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Ashley Rifkin | she.her.hers

International Programs Specialist and Communications Manager
ashleyrifkin@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: D 
Schedule an appointment with Ashley!

I can advise on or assist with: International programming; cross-campus program collaboration; marketing and communications; F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: Campus programming  and marketing directors and coordinators

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Felipe Recinos | he.him.el

International Student Advisor
farecinosquant@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

Hablo EspaƱol 

I advise students with the last names: C, F, G, T, W, X

Schedule an appointment with Felipe!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising; Associated Students; LGBTQ identity Advising; and Multicultural Greek Life

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Rosa Lopez Nakashima | she.they

International Student Advisor
rlopeznakashima@ucsb.edu| Visit my bio!

I advise students with the last names: A, E, H, K, N, O, Q, R, U, V, Z

Schedule an appointment with Rosa!

I can advise on or assist with: front desk inquiries, F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising; on campus dance clubs

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Sarah Lin | she.her.hers

International Student Advisor
Sarah.Lin@sa.ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I advise students with the last names: B, I, L, M, P, S

Schedule an appointment with Sarah!

I can advise on or assist with: front desk inquiries, F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

Scholar Advising Services

The scholar advising team at OISS serves the J-1 scholar population at UC Santa Barbara. We are here to help! For inquiries and requests, please email j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu

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Mavel M Marina, PhD 

International Advisement Specialist & Instructor
j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

Schedule an appointment with Mavel

I provide J-1 visa status advisement for international scholars.

I am a point of contact for ED20i: Introduction to the US Higher Education System for International Students and for ED120: Practicum in Teaching in Higher Education

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Danika

Danika Gottbrecht | she.her.hers 

J-1 Scholar Advisor
j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
Schedule an appointment with Danika

I an advise on or assist with: J-1 visa status advisement for international scholars.

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Calli Sullivan

Cali Sullivan | she.her.hers 

Assistant Case Coordinator
calisullivan@umail.ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I staff the front desk and provide administrative assistance to support international education specialists/advisors. 

Employment-based Advising Services

The employment based advising services team supports international Gauchos who are currently on or seeking a change of status to any type of employment-based visa. This includes H-1B, E-3 and TN. For all general inquiries, please contact LongTermVisa@sa.ucsb.edu. We're happy to help!

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Erik

Erik Williams | he.him.his

Director
erikwilliams@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise employment-based international scholars 
Schedule an appointment with Erik!

I can advise on or assist with: Employment-based visa advising including H-1B, E-3, and TN; PERM Labor Certification; Adjustment of Status

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Danika Gottbrecht| she.her.hers 

Scholar Advisor
j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu
I advise employment-based international scholars
Schedule an appointment with Danika

I advise on H-1B Employment-based visa matters

Events, Marketing & Outreach

OISS provides the UCSB community with events, programs, marketing, communications, and outreach. We often collaborate with campus departments and student groups on events, programs, and multimedia projects. Join us!

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Ashley Rifkin | she.her.hers

International Programs Specialist and Communications Manager
oissprograms@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
Schedule an appointment with Ashley!

I am the point contact for OISS programs, cross-campus collaborations, marketing and communications. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have a question about any international programs or events, or if you're interested in collaborating with OISS!

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Nancy Nguyen | she.her.hers

Administrative and Events Assistant
oissprograms@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I staff the front desk, organize programs, and assist in department marketing