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Phone: +1.910.962.3367

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, advising, 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 to increase the international student and scholar 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, 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

Dr. Jennifer Fernandez-Villa, Director

Jen Fernandez-Villa has served as the director of Office of International Students & Scholars for more than a decade. 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 earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNCW, a Master's 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 feels privileged to work towards expanding UNCW's global footprint and loves getting to know students and scholars from around the world as they settle in to their new life in the USA.

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Amy Stello Lekeu, Assistant Director (J-1 Adviser)

Amy Stello Lekeu serves J-1 exchange students and scholars as the Assistant Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars. 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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Vacant, Assistant Director (F-1, H-1, LPR Adviser)

Riley Aldridge, Assistant Director of International Admissions  

Terra Shiles, Program Coordinator 

Terra Shiles serves our community of international students and scholars in her role as Program Coordinator in the Office of International Students and Scholars. Terra earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to joining the OISS team, Terra taught English in Gothenburg, Sweden, and during her undergraduate program, studied abroad in Hertfordshire, England. Terra enjoys getting to know the diverse campus community we serve and planning cultural and social programs to support our international students and scholars and to engage them with the broader UNCW community. 

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