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Location: Office of International Programs, Hoggard Hall 160

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Office of International Students & Scholars fosters globalization at UNCW by recruiting, admitting, welcoming, supporting, engaging, and advocating for UNCW’s community of international students and scholars. OISS builds partnerships with overseas partners to attract international students to UNCW and fosters relationships with advisers, counsellors, agents, and governmental agencies while abroad to increase the international student population on campus.  OISS provides transition support that addresses the unique needs of international students and scholars; ensures institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations for foreign students, visiting scholars, and employees on our visa sponsorship (F, J, H-1B, and LPR); coordinates events and programs that engage international students with the broader community to promote a global culture throughout our campus; and serves the broader campus community in an administrative and advisory capacity.


Office of International Students & Scholars Staff

Jen Fernandez-Villa, Director of OISS

Jen Fernandez-Villa has served as the director of  Office of International Students & Scholars for more than ten years. Prior to joining UNCW, Jen worked at the Center for International Faculty & Student Services at Rutgers University. Jennifer has served on the NAFSA Region VII board, served as chair of the North Carolina Association of International Educators and enjoys giving presentations and trainings at conferences. Jen is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at UNCW, earned a Master's degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers, and a Bachelor's in Spanish from New York University. While attending NYU, Jen studied in Madrid, Spain for a year and Florence, Italy for a summer. Jen was born in Athens, Greece to an American father and English mother and is married to a Spaniard, with whom she has three children.  Jen loves getting to know students and scholars from around the world and helping them as they settle in to their new life in the USA.

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Alexis McCloskey, Assistant Director of OISS

Alexis McCloskey serves F-1 degree-seeking students as the Assistant Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars. Alexis also advises hiring departments and international faculty and staff on H-1B and green card petitions. Prior to joining the OISS team, Alexis worked at NC State as an International Programs Coordinator, supporting international students and scholars through a variety of social and cultural programs. Alexis earned a Master of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University. During her masters program, she studied abroad in Spain. Alexis enjoys working with university partners to facilitate students' engagement in the campus community, and she is excited to support international students in reaching their academic and professional goals at UNCW.

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Amy Stello Lekeu, Assistant Director of OISS

Amy Stello Lekeu serves J-1 exchange students and scholars as the Assistant Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars. She also advises on H-1B and green card petitions. Amy earned her Master’s degree in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor’s degree in English-Philosophy from Christopher Newport University. During her undergraduate program, Amy studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. After graduation, she spent a year volunteering with the Service Protestant de la Jeunesse in Belgium and continues to experience the importance of service learning. Amy lives in Wilmington with her Belgian husband and enjoys reading about innovative ideas, exploring new cooking techniques, and traveling. As an educator, Amy is strongly committed to equity and diversity in higher education as well as serving local and global communities on campus. 

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Jessie Heim, Assistant Director of International Admissions

Jessie Heim has worked at UNCW for over eight years. In her current role as Assistant Director of International Admissions, she works with all degree-seeking undergraduate international applicants to help them achieve their goal of pursuing a degree at UNCW. Prior to serving as the Assistant Director of International Admissions, Jessie served as the Assistant Director of OISS. Jessie earned both a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from UNCW. Jessie studied abroad in London during her undergraduate program and has worked in South Africa, Fiji, and Australia as a photographer. Jessie enjoys visiting international schools, conferences, and events to connect with international students and colleagues from around the world.

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María Elena Gaborov Jones, OISS     Program Coordinator

María Elena Gaborov Jones serves as the Program Coordinator of the Office of International Students & Scholars.  She earned her degree in Translation through the National University of Córdoba in Argentina and earned a Master’s degree in Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to joining UNCW, María Elena worked at UNC Hospitals as a Spanish Medical Interpreter and Translator.  In 2013 she served as the International Medical Interpreters Association vice chair for North Carolina. She received the American Translators Association School Outreach Program Award that year for her contributions to the promotion of translation and interpretation.  María Elena loves diversity, learning new languages and traveling around the world.  She is passionate about assisting students in making the most of their experience in UNCW.  María Elena is a native of Argentina and is married to a North Carolinian, with whom she has two daughters.  

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Maria Elena

Maegan Gillogly, Graduate Assistant

Maegan Gillogly serves as a graduate assistant in the Office of International Students & Scholars. Maegan earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in Paris for two months. Maegan also worked in the International Admissions office at her undergraduate university. Maegan is now currently in the International Masters of Business Administration Program at UNCW and has just returned from her six month semester abroad in Paris. She enjoys getting to know international students, sharing study abroad experiences, and helping international students any way that she can. Outside of work, Maegan enjoys hanging out with her dog, cat, and husband.