Student Resources

International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services serves the individual needs of international (F-1) students attending UWest, including helping students adapt to their new environment and serving as a liaison between international students and campus and community groups. We want to ensure that you make a smooth and painless transition, academically and personally, to attending school in America.

Our office acts as the primary resource in issuing I-20’s and official documents required by foreign governments as well as providing updates to ever-changing immigration regulations.

Your Responsibilities as an F-1 Student:

  • Be aware of your status and know the facts.
  • Attend the university or college whose name appears on the I-20. In case you decide to attend another college or university, you should contact the International Student Advisor of that college or university and inform him/her of your situation.
  • Study full-time. This means you must register in and attend a minimum of 12 units per semester as an undergraduate student, 9 units per semester as a graduate student, and 20 hours per week as an ESL student.
  • Inform the International Student Advisor of your arrival and attendance at UWest.
  • Refrain from working off-campus without USCIS authorization.
  • Keep the International Student Advisor and the Registrar’s Office informed of your latest address, email address and phone number

Contact Us

Leslie Bazzano, DSO
International Student Advisor
Phone: (626) 571-8811 x322

Vanessa Karam, DSO
ISS Officer
Phone: (626) 571-8811 x130

If there is an emergency when the ISS Office is closed, contact Vanessa Karam at