International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.

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Martin McFarlane

Director, International Student and Scholar Services


217-333-1303
mmcfarln@illinois.edu

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Martin became director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in 2015. A former international student himself, he had been with the ISSS office for ten years prior to becoming director, and held responsibility as the office’s primary expert on student visa policies and regulations. Martin earned his Master’s degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Aberdeen.


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Stephanie Dvorachek

Associate Director


217-333-1303
sjahn@illinois.edu

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Stephanie has served the international student population since 2008, when she joined ISSS. Her primary duties are to represent the office policies and practices when interpreting Federal regulations to international students, faculty and staff, and departments on campus as well as communicating existing and new regulatory updates to ISSS staff. She also trains and supervises the International Advising Specialists and Assistant Directors.


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Cheryl Hinkel

Associate Director


217-333-1303
chinkel@illinois.edu

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Cheryl joined ISSS in 2006. She currently works with international faculty, staff, and scholars and their University departments. She received her Bachelors in Foreign Languages from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Southern Illinois University.


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Afroza Faruque

Associate Director for Operations


217-333-1303
afaruque@illinois.edu

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Afroza has been with ISSS since 2008. In addition to advising international students, she helps co-coordinate New Student Check-in each semester. She also oversees the ISSS Front Desk, manages the ISSS website, and works on internal staff training and outreach to campus units.


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Jennifer Avery

Assistant Director


217-333-1303
jsavery@illinois.edu

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Kimberly Yau

Assistant Director


217-333-1303
kyau87@illinois.edu

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Kara Carpenter

Assistant Director


217-333-1303
porterk@illinois.edu

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Kara joined ISSS in 2015, and currently works with international scholars, faculty, and staff. Kara earned her B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, where her study abroad experience inspired her to pursue her current career in international education.


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Denise Benton

Office Support Specialist


217-333-1303
dlbenton@illinois.edu

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Denise joined ISSS in August 2018, as an Office Support Associate for the Scholar Team. Since May 2020, she has held the role of Office Support Specialist. Denise earned her B.S. in Advertising with minors in Marketing and Business Management from Bradley University in 2012. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she moved down to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2016.


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Courtney Evans

Office Support Assistant


217-333-1303
clboyd3@illinois.edu

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Scarlette Briones

International Student Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
sbriones@illinois.edu

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Holly Bullamore

International Scholar Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
bullamor@illinois.edu

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Karen Fenton

International Scholar Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
klfenton@illinois.edu

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Karen joined ISSS in 2020 working with international scholars and their departments. She came to Illinois from North Carolina State University where she first worked as an International Taxation Specialist and then as a Program Assistant for Global Partnerships. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and a Master of International Studies focused on immigration policy and higher education administration, both from North Carolina State University. She credits her career interest in global mobility and international education from her education abroad experiences in France and Ghana.


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Rhonda Henderson

Clerical Assistant


217-333-1303
rrhender@illinois.edu

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Victoria Prince

International Student Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
vprince2@illinois.edu

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Victoria has a rich background in international education, having earned her Masters in European Union Studies and her Bachelors in Global Studies. She also completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Poland. As an international student advising specialist, she will help welcome new international students and advise them on their immigration status.


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Shayonna Reid

Office Support Assistant


217-333-1303
shayonna@illinois.edu

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Luanne Schroeder

Office Support Associate


217-333-1303
lrschroe@illinois.edu

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Luanne Schroeder began working at the University of Illinois in 2010. She worked at the Information Trust Institute before joining the China Executive Leadership Programs in August, 2011. Luanne is responsible for the general office operations, which include documenting expenditures, scheduling, meeting university guidelines, and assisting the director, program coordinators, and business administrative associate with details for each and every program. Luanne has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area all her life, having grown up in a small town nearby. She attended Parkland College and worked in the newspaper industry for over 16 years, assisting a wide range of clients with their advertising needs.


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Elizabeth Sheppard

International Student Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
eertel@illinois.edu

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Elizabeth began working with ISSS in 2015. Since Fall 2018, she has been advising students as an International Student Advising Specialist. Elizabeth is from Central Illinois and earned her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2009.


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Chelsea Swick

International Student Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
csswick@illinois.edu

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Chelsea comes to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a wealth of international and intercultural experience, having earned her Masters in Global Studies from the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig and her Bachelor’s in Japanese Language and Culture from California State University: Monterey Bay. Prior to joining ISSS, Chelsea also spent a number of years living and working in Japan and teaching in California. As an international student advising specialist, she will help welcome new international students and advise them on their immigration status.


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Cydney Wylie

International Student Advising Specialist


217-333-1303
wylie2@illinois.edu

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Cydney will be advising students as an International Student Advising Specialist. Cydney graduated with her Masters of Education at Loyola University, where she studied international higher education. She is also a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!


Contact

Students
432 Student Services Building
610 E. John St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-1303 ext. 1
Email: isss@illinois.edu

Faculty, Staff, & Scholars
327 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-1303 ext. 2
Email: isss-scholars@illinois.edu

Training, Operations, & Programs
327 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Email: isss-tops@illinois.edu