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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

About the Office


International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982

Open office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30–4 p.m.

Group of international students sitting around a table, Smith College

The Office for International Students and Scholars (ISSO) enhances and supports the educational, cultural and social dimension of international education at Smith College. We promote a diverse learning environment, support essential services and programs, and assist international students in meeting their educational and career goals.

Our Mission

Throughout the year, we aim to:

  • Advise and assist students through the complexities of the U.S. immigration, visa and travel regulations, both prior to their arrival and throughout their stay at Smith.
  • Assess the needs of international students and facilitate their smooth transition to life at Smith and the U.S. Conduct programs and workshops on various topics throughout the year.
  • Act as a liaison and an advocate with governmental agencies and various college offices. Maintain links with departments and various college offices who work with international students.

Our Staff

Caitlin Szymkowicz
Caitlin Szymkowicz

Associate Dean
Dean Caitlin works with international students to provide advice on all matters pertaining to immigration, visas, foreign travel, passports, work authorization, practical training programs and personal and financial problems.


Nathan Hammond
Nathan Hammond

Student Enrollment and Program Manager
Nathan serves as a bridge to the Office of International Study and the International Students & Scholars Office. He is also available for general immigration questions and can be a resource to international students on campus.


Laura Gomez

Administrative Assistant
Laura oversees the programs and events of the Lewis Center. She supports the international student preorientation program (ISP) as well as events and workshops throughout the year which encourage cultural sharing and provide space for conversations on world events and global issues.


Sue Pouliot
Sue Pouliot

Budget and Enrollment Coordinator
Sue oversees the Lewis Center budgets, including that of the ISSO. She can assist with emergency fund requests or any study abroad financial questions.