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About the International Center

The International Center has been established to assist all international students, exchange visitors, dependents, faculty, and guests of the University of Hartford community. The Center also provides assistance to all students wishing to participate in a study abroad experience. The International Center's existence is indicative of the university's commitment to international education, exchange, and a multicultural campus environment. The mission of the International Center is to promote international education and understanding and to assist in the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of a diverse learning environment. We are committed to providing international dimensions to both the academic and personal aspects of the university experience.

Each year the International Center actively assists over 400 international students, scholars and guests from more than 60 countries. In addition, the Center's Study Abroad Office sends over 200 students each year to many of our more than 60 program offerings throughout the world. The Center actively supports the development of faculty and university exchange programs. It is through these endeavors that we hope to encourage and stimulate our campus community through the interaction between American students, faculty and staff and those of different cultures, histories, customs and languages.

The International Center provides assistance in the following ways:

  • Personalized academic and non-academic counseling and referral services 

  • Liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service, the U.S. Department of State, embassies and consulates abroad, foreign governments, and international organizations

  • Current information regarding compliance with United States Department of Homeland Security requirements, including student and exchange visitor status, travel, employment regulations, and more

  • Study Abroad opportunities at over 60 universities, colleges and educational sites worldwide 

  • Orientation and departure programs for international students, scholars and study abroad participants

  • Opportunities for student and exchange visitors to participate in a wide array of activities, including educational, cultural, social, and athletic

  • Creation, development and support for faculty and university exchange programs and the recognition of scholarly and intercultural achievement

  • Serve as a resource and liaison for student organizations and international programs

  • Conduct workshops on topics of critical importance to international students and scholars

  • Engage in community service outreach with an intercultural focus

  • Strengthen international alumni and parent networks 

Our Constituencies Include:

  • International students and exchange visitors
  • Students desiring an international experience
  • Faculty and staff
  • The Greater Hartford community 


Sarah O'Leary, Director, International Studies
Tel: 860.768,5101

Richard Lazzerini, Associate Director & International Student Advisor
Tel: 860.768.4873

Susan Carey, Assistant Director for Study Abroad
Tel: 860.768.5100

Natalie Cereghino,  Study Abroad, Graduate Administrative Intern
Tel: 860.768.4870

Hala Al-khalil,  International Student Services, Undergraduate Administrative Intern
Tel:  860.768.4870

Maria Khan,  International Student Services, Undergraduate Administrative Intern and Student Program Administrator
Tel: ( 860.768.4870

Niki Kalmus, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Administrative Intern

Tel: 860.768.5100

Location and Office hours

The International Center is located in the Gengras Student Union, room 327.The Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. International Center and Study Abroad advisors are available to provide routine information to you on a walk-in basis. You may also make an appointment to speak with an advisor by either stopping by the Center's information desk or by calling (860) 768-4870. You may also contact the International Center by fax at (860) 768-4726.


Our mailing address is:

The University of Hartford
The International Center
Gengras Student Union, room 327
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117


International Center Staff

Top row (left to right) Sarah O'Leary, Director, Richard Lazzerini, Associate Director and International Student Advisor, Susan Carey, Assistant Director for Study Abroad 

Bottom row (Left to right) Student Assistants Maria Khan (Pakistan), Hala Al-Khalil (Jordan), Natalie Cereghino, and Niki Kalmus



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