ABOUT OISS

Mission

As advocates for RISD’s international community, we offer support and services with immigration compliance, cultural and language adjustment and navigating US systems.

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) also coordinates and provides information about the International Student Orientation held in the fall and assists students in finding the campus resources they need.  OISS strives to help international students become integrated into the RISD community and make the most of their experiences here.

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Student are welcome to drop by during these times to speak with an advisor on a first-come, first served basis. No appointment is required.

Appointments Only: Monday- Friday between 10:00 AM- 3:00PM, Schedule a 30-minute appointment in person, by phone: 401-277-4957 or by email: oiss@risd.edu
Note: Appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance

Contact Us:
(Tel) 401-277-4957
(Fax) 401-454-6605

Email Inquiries: oiss@risd.edu

Location:
Carr House, 210 Benefit Street, Room 202
Providence, RI 02903

Mailing Address:
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903

 

Professional Staff

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Kate Sacco

Associate Director, International Student Advisor (Graduate Students), Office of International Student Services (OISS)

Kate is the Associate Director of the Office of International Student Services (OISS) within the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.

Kate’s role in OISS is to assist the international student population with cultural adjustment and immigration compliance.  With the Director, she also promotes positive cultural exchange experiences by creating opportunities for international students and domestic students to share their knowledge, language, culture and background within the United States, within Providence and within the RISD community.

She is originally from Wisconsin, but has also lived, worked and traveled in range of places, including Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Australia, China, Serbia and Mexico.  Most of her work has been in the field of Intercultural Relations and she is  involved in the professional organization, NAFSA: Association of International Educators.  Prior to her current role, she has worked at Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and ELS Language Centers.

 

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Barbara Kluesner

International Student Advisor (Undergraduate Students), Office of International Student Services (OISS)

Barbara is an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Student Services within Intercultural Student Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts- Boston.

Barbara advises international students with respect to immigration compliance and navigating cultural adjustment within the United States, Rhode Island and in the classroom at RISD.  She is committed to providing the best possible assistance to international students in order to make their experience at RISD the best it can be.

Barbara has worked in the field of International Education for the past seven years and is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.  Barbara hales from rural Wisconsin and, while in New England has been her home for many years, she is proud to call herself a cheesehead.

 

 

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