Office of International Initiatives

Bluefield State College realizes its Mission of preparing “students for diverse professions…informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society” and its Vision by “embracing the diversity that shapes our world” through the Office of International Initiatives.

The Office of International Initiatives is responsible for International Student Recruitment, Integration, and Retention and Internationalizing the College’s Curriculum.

International Student Recruitment, Integration, and Retention: Working collaboratively with the office of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and, Title III, the Office of International Initiatives

  • Recruits international students through WV HEPC’s StudyWV portal, BSC’s English for International Students program, and EducationUSA Offices worldwide
  • Assists with the College’s SEVIS Certification process
  • Maintains and updates international students’ SEVIS records (attendance verification, transfer out, dependents, status monitoring if enrolled less than full time, extension of degree program, authorization to drop below full time, financial information, personal information, updating I-20s)
  • Ensures adherence to SEVIS regulations prior to approving Curriculum Practical Training
  • Helps international students to prepare complete Optional Practical Training applications for submission to ICE
  • Ensures compliance with Department of Homeland Security’s policies related to online courses
  • Encourages international students’ participation in campus and off-campus experiences—welcome reception, UN Day celebration, trips to The Greenbrier and Washington, D.C., International Students Organization
  • Provides logistical support for international students’ community involvement and public service activities
  • Updates the online International Students Handbook annually

Internationalizing the College’s Curriculum: In collaboration with the VP for Academic Affairs/Provost and the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering Technology and Computer Science, and Nursing and Allied Health, the Office of International Initiatives

  • Provides academic advising and guidance to international students relating to academic matters
  • Incorporates international and intercultural perspectives into the College’s curriculum through presentations by visiting international scholars
  • Broadens the scope of the College’s curriculum with study abroad exchanges, faculty-led study abroad, and non-BSC study abroad programs with the College’s international institutional partners and Knowledge Exchange Institute
  • Facilitates research collaboration and faculty exchanges with the College’s international institutional partners
  • Exposes Study Abroad Points of Contact in the College’s Schools to best practices in Study Abroad
  • Oversees the College’s J-1 Exchange Scholars program

Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi

Coordinator: Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi, Ph.D.,
SEVIS Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Office, J-1 Exchange Scholar Program
Phone: 304-327-4036

Office of International Initiatives Advisory Committee

  • Sharon Rowe
  • Kitt McCarthy
  • John Feuchtenberger
  • Pete Sternloff
  • Stephen Rowe
  • Jim Ferguson
  • Marvin Woodie
  • Harold A Cofer
  • Charles Botwick

Study Abroad Points of Contact

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Colin Cavell, Phone: 304-327-4034, Email:

Dr. Debjani Chakrabarti, Phone: 304-3274154, Email:

Dr. Bonnie Reese, Phone: 304-327-4192, Email:

School of Business

Dr. Darrel Malamisura, Phone: 304-327-4508, Email:

School of Education

Dr. Amanda Banks, Phone: 304-327-4176, Email:

School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science

Dr. Bill Bennett, Phone: 304-327-4408, Email:

School of Nursing and Allied Health

Betty Nash, Phone: 304-327-4212, Email:

EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. We encourage you to visit your local center for information on selecting the U.S. college or university that meets your needs, understanding and preparing for the required admissions tests, assistance in the admission process, advice on finding financial aid for your studies, preparation for the student visa process, and pre-departure orientations. Click on the link below to find your center!”  

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