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 2020 Guidelines for International Students: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions or need guidance, please email us at iss@spu.edu.

International Student Services hours and access changes for Spring Quarter 2020

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

For Spring Quarter 2020, access to International Student Services (ISS) will be available by email and virtual meetings only. Please email your advisors, Lori Tongol (tongol@spu.edu) or Rhea Connors (connorsr@spu.edu) with any questions. Appointments may be scheduled via Zoom as needed. 

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.

Lori Honts Tongol

Lori Honts Tongol

Senior International Student Advisor
Phone: 206-281-2550
Email: iss@spu.edu
Office: Lower Moyer Hall B08




Rhea Connors2

Rhea Connors

International Student Advisor
Phone: 206-281-2673
Email: connorsr@spu.edu
Office: Lower Moyer Hall B09




Academic Services

Student Academic Services provides academic support to undergraduate international students. Kate O’Donnell is our academic counselor specifically trained to support the academic success of international students. She can help students plan their class schedule each quarter, and support their academic focus in conjunction with their faculty advisor. You can find her contact information below.

International Students (A–Le)

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O’Donnell

Undergraduate Academic Counselor
Phone: 206-281-2324
Email: odonnellk2@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 120




International Students (Li–Z)

Alison Howard

Alison Howard

Undergraduate Academic Counselor
Phone: 206-281-2542
Email: howara@spu.edu
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.

Undergraduate Admissions »
Graduate Admissions »

Forms and documents

This is where you find immigration and status forms. You’ll also find information about vacation quarter, CPT/OPT, final quarter, concurrent enrollment, Orientation check-in, and more.

Dan Martin

“We are in the process of working with our international students and monitoring (the executive orders) with them. We are committed to standing with our students and giving them all the support we can as they continue their education at Seattle Pacific. We are honored and indeed blessed to have an increasingly diverse student, faculty, and staff population who enrich our university.”

SPU President Dan Martin, from “Impact of Executive Orders,” a memo to the community on January 30, 2017