International Student Services

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International Student Services is committed to providing continual updates to our international students regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might impact your life while studying in the US and at SPU.
Fall 2021 Guidelines for International Students: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions or need guidance, please email us at

ISS hours and access changes

In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and in an effort to mitigate the spread of infection:

You may access International Student Services (ISS) by email and virtual meetings. as well as limited in-person meetings. You can contact International Student Advisor Rachel Goodrich ( with any questions. Appointments may be scheduled via Zoom as needed.

Your advisors are available by email Monday through Friday and will usually respond to your email within 24 hours or the next business day. 

International Undergraduate and Graduate Support Services

International Student Services assists students with their non-immigrant status including visa concerns, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization, cultural adjustment, and general support.

Rachel Goodrich

International Student Advisor
Phone: 206-281-2673
Office: Lower Moyer Hall B12



Academic Counseling

The Office of Academic Counseling provides academic support to undergraduate international students. Kate O’Donnell and Alison Howard are academic counselors specifically trained to support the academic success of international students. They can help students plan their class schedule each quarter, and support their academic focus in conjunction with their faculty advisor. Based on the first letter(s) of your last name, you can find your academic counselor and their contact information below: 

International Students (A–Le)

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O’Donnell

Undergraduate Academic Counselor
Phone: 206-281-2324
Office: Demaray Hall 120



International Students (Li–Z)

Alison Howard

Alison Howard

Undergraduate Academic Counselor
Phone: 206-281-2542
Office: Demaray Hall 120

Thinking of Applying to SPU?

Learn more about the application process, language proficiency, transcripts, financial documentation, and transferring to Seattle Pacific.

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Carolyn Maurer

Welcome to International Student Services

Caroline Maurer, Director of Global Engagement

“We live in an international world defined by interactions between many diverse societies; however, as we continue to interact and, more importantly, work together to solve global challenges, we are becoming a global society. Now, more than ever, it is important to have a robust exchange of students, researchers, scholars, and educators at our university. 

“As we engage with peers from around the world, whether through Study Abroad or through International Education on our home campus, we become better equipped with the global competencies needed to navigate the ever-changing economic, scientific, and business landscapes that exist today.  Now, more than ever, international education is a must for a thriving education, and we are excited about the international students, faculty, and staff who have joined us at Seattle Pacific University.”