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International Students

International Student Services

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Spelman College invites women from other countries to join our community as regular full-time students or as exchange students. Our international community includes international students and professors from around the world. The office is located in the Manley Student Center, Room 208. Here are some of the resources we offer especially for you:

International Student Advisor/ Designated School Officer

The International Student Advisor (ISA) officially represents the College in all contacts with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State regarding international students in F-1 (non-immigrant student) status and their dependents.

The advisor to international students serves as a liaison and is not an agent of any government entity but is a Spelman College employee. The ISA will answer your questions about visa status, keep you informed of changes in USCIS regulations, and direct you to the campus offices and services you need.

The ISA also serves as a Designated School Officer (DSO). In this capacity the ISA is authorized to sign documents for international students and assist them in filing a variety of immigration petitions.

Periodically, the ISA holds information sessions on maintaining status and exercising F-1 privileges.

Prospective Students

International applicants are invited to apply to Spelman College and become part of a diverse community. Applicants must submit application materials, plus the supplemental information such as TOEFL scores. International students must also demonstrate the ability to fund their education here at Spelman College.

The Office of International and Commuter Student Services is responsible for issuing a Form I-20 to admitted students. In order to receive a Form I-20, applicants must submit the Spelman College Financial Statement and supporting documentation. Supporting documentation consist of an original bank letter(s), and an affidavit of support from your sponsor(s).

You may fax these documents to Letitia DeNard, international and commuter student coordinator at (404) 270-5137.

You are encouraged to submit the financial statement form and supporting documentation with your application. If you choose to apply for admission online, please forward the financial statement to the address on the form.

Please keep in mind without timely submission of the financial documents your form I-20 can not be issued.

International Student Organization

Students in the International Student Organization (ISO) lead the way in promoting intercultural activities of interest to the Spelman community and to larger audiences. The ISO brings speakers and performers to campus from all over the world, and sponsors forums that examine our common heritage.

ISO Week

Students enjoy ISO week activities with delicious food and spectacular fashion as well as meaningful cultural enrichment. Reggae and Afropop music are always a popular feature of Atlanta University Center social events.


Citywide activities bring international students in the Atlanta area together to explore the culture of their host city. Activities include:

  • Events with U.S. host families
  • Tours of the city
  • A welcome reception
  • Opportunities to serve as speakers to youth groups
  • Activities for spouses and children

Ms. Letitia DeNard
International and Commuter Student Coordinator
office (404) 270-5143
fax (404) 270-5137