The International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) is committed to assisting international students and scholars in the accomplishment of their academic, personal, and professional objectives at Stevens.

Mission Statement

International Student and Scholar Services supports the academic mission of the University by providing specific programs and services to international students and scholars. The main role of the ISSS is to facilitate compliance with federal regulations that govern the immigration status of international students and scholars during their time at Stevens. The ISSS provides educational workshops, information, and services in support of these regulations.

The ISSS office is responsible for all international student and scholar immigration-related matters, including the issuance and/or processing of:

  • Form I-20, F-1 visa
  • DS-2019, J-1 visa (students and scholars)
  • H-1B applications for temporary worker in a specialty occupation
  • University-sponsored LPR applications
  • Employment authorization documents

The ISSS also promotes international and multicultural understanding by providing cross-cultural opportunities and events for Stevens’ international population.

ISSS Contact Information

Current Student and Scholar Inquiries 

F-1/ J-1

Contact Ms. Katherine Sferra (, Coordinator for assistance with:
  • Electronic submission of any F-1 application (attach application & supporting documents to email)
  • To update your address with ISSS, to include your complete address (including city, state and postal code).

Contact Ms. Elizabeth Gill (, Associate Director, for assistance with all F-1 or J-1 related matters pertaining to students/scholars in the following departments:

Contact Ms. Jean Lee (, Advisor, for assistance with all F-1 or J-1 related matters pertaining to students/scholars in the following departments:

Contact Ms. Trinh Nguyen (, Coordinator, for assistance with all F-1 or J-1 related matter pertaining to students/scholars in the following departments:


Newly Admitted International Students

New international student inquiries regarding I-20s and supporting documents: Email


F-1 Change of Status Inquiries

Contact Ms. Karine Nanagoulian (, Incoming International Student Advisor.


Employment-Based Sponsorship Inquiries*

  • H1-B
  • O-1
  • TN
  • Permanent Residency (LPR)

Contact Ms. Doris Clausen (, Associate Dean. 

Please note that all inquiries for employment-based sponsorship by Stevens should be made directly by University departments interested in sponsoring an individual for future employment.

*This applies only to employment at Stevens. Inquiries concerning petitions filed by employers other than Stevens Institute of Technology should be directed to the employers themselves.


Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

Location: 5th Floor of the Wesley J. Howe Center

Mailing Address

Stevens Institute of Technology - ISSS
Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
United States of America

Contact Information

T 201 216.5189
F 201 216.8333

ISSS Team and Contact Information

Doris Clausen, Associate Dean

Elizabeth Gill, Associate Director

Caitlin Chavarria, Advisor

Karine Nanagoulian, Advisor

Jean Lee, Advisor

Trinh Nguyen, Coordinator