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Welcoming the New International Center Director:

Dear Tufts community,

We are very pleased to welcome Andrew Shiotani as the new Director of the Tufts International Center. Andrew assumes leadership from Jane Etish-Andrews, who retired after 35 years of service on October 31. As Director of the International Center, he will oversee the team providing immigration and student services to over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students and close to 300 faculty and research scholars at all of Tufts’ schools. 

Andrew joins us from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he has served since 2013, most recently as Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services supervising a team that provided immigration support and programs for 3,000 international students. Andrew brings extensive advising, strategic planning and management experience in international student and scholar services to Tufts. As we complete the transition to a single, university-wide Tufts International Center, Andrew will lead our efforts  to expand and deepen programs that support international students, faculty and scholars in fulfilling immigration requirements, as well as in adjusting and integrating to Tufts successfully.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Oregon, Andrew was Program Coordinator of the Office of Global Engagement at the Seattle University, and Associate Director of the Office of International Services at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, where he also was an Adjunct Instructor in International and Comparative Education.  Andrew holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and M.Phil. in Comparative Education from Teachers College Columbia University. 

Andrew will begin on January 30, and will be reachable at  Please join me in welcoming him to the Tufts community and the International Center team.


Best wishes,

Diana Chigas

Senior International Officer and Associate Provost


Immigration Updates:

On June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld Presidential Proclamation 9645, commonly known as The Travel Ban. The ban restricts travel to the United States for nationals of seven countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen). The power point provides general information on the implications of the SCOTUS decision.  

On August 9, 2018 a new policy regarding unlawful presence for F-1 and J-1 visa holders in the United Status will take effect.  F-1 and J-1 visa holders who fall out of status and remain in the US will begin to accrue time in unlawful presence. This may have significant implications on re-entering the US in the future. The power point provides an overview of unlawful presence as well as the policy changes on unlawful presence classification for F-1 and J-1 visa holders who fall out of status.  For case specific questions please reach out to the Tufts International Center by email at or to your student/scholar advisor.

Power Point on Immigration Updates: SCOTUS decision and Unlawful Presence Policy. 


For Students and Scholars
For Alumni
If you encounter immigration problems while traveling and are unable to reach the I-Center, call Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) at 617-627-3030.