The International Programs and Services Office
The International Programs & Services Office (IPS) promotes the University mission by facilitating the integration of international students and scholars into our community as and by promoting initiatives such as study abroad, scholar exchanges, international internships, global partnerships and service learning programs. Our international programs and services are designed to encourage and facilitate understanding and appreciation of our diverse planet as well as to help prepare our students for successful participation and leadership in global society.
The Study Abroad staff is dedicated to facilitating access to international educational opportunities for students. We serve as a resource for study abroad information and act as the liaison between students abroad and various University offices. If you decide to study abroad, we will assist you with information about appropriate study sites, method of application, duration of study, academic plan, course selection, living arrangements, transfer of credit, approval of credit, financial aid and housing.
Staff and Location
The IPS office is located on the 5th floor of the St. Thomas Hall Communications Wing. The Communications Wing is located between St. Thomas Hall and the John Long Center. The easiest access point to the office is the elevator that is located in the alleyway beneath the building. The office may also be accessed via the bridges located on the 4th and 5th floors of St. Thomas Hall. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Students are welcome to “drop in” at any time, but if individual attention is desired, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment. Appointments can be made by contacting the IPS administrative assistant or the Study Abroad Director via email or phone.
Michael Simons, Director/Study Abroad & Global Initiatives
Phone: 570-941-4303 Fax: 570-941-4845
Noelle Drozdick, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 570-941-4841 Fax: 570-941-4845
The office offers space (the International Center) and materials for students to research study abroad opportunities, cultural adjustment issues and foreign cultures and customs. Additionally, students may avail themselves of free coffee and tea and enjoy world news broadcasts in a “home theater” setting. Additionally, the International Center is home to a variety of international activities including study abroad informational presentations, lectures, international films and cultural celebrations.
Students are assisted in their research and receive comprehensive advising from a professional international education staff that includes study abroad veterans; students who have returned from studying abroad. Students receive advising on a wide range of topics that include, but are not limited to: planning the study abroad experience, choosing a study abroad site, academics at home and abroad, cultural adjustment, adjusting to new academic systems and travel.
The IPS office takes pride in the close relationships it builds with students and their families as they plan their study abroad experience, while they are abroad and when they return to the University.