International Relations Office/Brennan Center

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From left: Diep Nguyen, graduate assistant; Sarina Munzi, international student advisor/SEVIS coordinator; Ted Lee, assistant director, international recruitment and operations; Dr. Deborah T. Curtis, vice president of International Relations and Brennan Center; Kathryn A. DeCecco, assistant director, international student services; Dr. Amanda Barbour, assistant director for English language development

Location:
DePaul Hall, Room 133

Team leader:
Dr. Deborah T. Curtis, vice president of International Relations and Brennan Center

Team members: Diep Nguyen, graduate assistant; Sarina Munzi, international student advisor/SEVIS coordinator; Ted Lee, assistant director, international recruitment and operations; Kathryn A. DeCecco, assistant director, international student services; Dr. Amanda Barbour, assistant director for English language development

How to contact:
International@niagara.edu, 716-286-8711

Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

By the numbers:
In 2018, Niagara University welcomed 700 international students from 42 different countries. That’s 82 more students (a 13% increase) from the year prior.

We also coordinate more than 150 study-abroad programs in dozens of countries.

Just the facts:
The Office of International Relations and the Edward A. Brennan Center for Language, Culture and Leadership work to build and facilitate Niagara University’s relationship with the international community. By offering guidance and support to incoming international students, as well as NU students seeking to travel abroad, these offices work to foster a richly diverse campus environment while also engaging the world with NU’s heritage.

As the first point of contact between the university and its international student population, these offices help welcome these students into the Niagara University community, and provide services to make that transfer easier. Among their vital functions is to provide assistance with I-20 processing and SEVIS enrollment, allowing them to obtain their student visas.

The Brennan Center’s approach to international relations places an emphasis on language. Its philosophy is modeled after that of Saint Justin de Jacobis, known primarily for his missionary work in Ethiopia, where he emphasized the importance of understanding the culture of the audience you seek to teach. The Brennan Center offers ESL assessment and skill development programs for international students to bolster their English speaking skills. Additionally, the center provides TEFL, TESOL training,  and certification for students who wish to teach English as a foreign language.

The Office of International Relations also helps students looking to study abroad find the appropriate program to augment their international experience. These programs help students develop leadership skills, increase international understanding, and enhance their own self-awareness.

These offices also work to provide real-world professional guidance and development for international students. Through programs like the International Executive Development Program and the Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities), international students are given the real-world skills they need to communicate and perform effectively within a professional environment.

In keeping with Niagara’s Vincentian heritage, the Office of International Relations also works in tandem with NU organizations like the Levesque Institute, as well as local community organizations, to promote outreach for our local immigrant, refugee, and other ELL communities.

Last seen:
Getting ready for an amazing NU International Week (Nov. 18 – 22. 2019), and then heading out of the country as part of a faculty-led study program.