Paul Babbitts, Ph.D.
Associate director

Nichole Dorton
Student engagement coordinator

International students face many challenges when entering a new country. GEO’s International Student and Scholar Programs offers assistance and guidance as students adjust to a different culture and pursue their educational goals.

Program advisers help with pre- and post-arrival concerns, such as immigration, academic preparation and registration, airport pick-ups, housing, banking, health insurance, and other orientation activities.

Support continues throughout an international student’s stay at VCU. The International Student and Scholar Programs staff assists, advises and refers students with academic, immigration, personal, legal, health and cultural issues. Advisers also confer with VCU faculty, staff and university officials regarding student concerns.

International Student and Scholar Programs offers educational, cultural and social activities that promote international understanding and community. Some activities include Global Cafes, Conversation Partners, Friendship Families, visits to places such as Washington, D.C. and New York City and other trips, including camping and skiing.

For information or assistance, please contact International Student and Scholar Programs, Global Education Office, 912 W. Grace St., at (804) 828-8471, by fax at (804) 828-2552 or by email at