About Us

How to Access International House Services

The International House is open Monday-Friday, at 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. Staff members are available to answer questions via email, at arranged appointments, or during walk-in office hours. Students and scholars with questions are encouraged to read through the list below. The primary advisor for each topic will help answer your inquiries. If the primary advisor is unavailable, the secondary advisor may also be consulted.

Walk-in office hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. — 4 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. — 12 p.m. Walk-in hours are ideal for quick questions, signatures for I-20s, and other shorter issues. For more technical or involved questions and all applications, please call 508-831-6030 to schedule an appointment.

Who We Are

Located in the International House are the Office of International Students and Scholars and the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Office of International Students & Scholars

Tom Hartvig Thomsen
Director
hartvig@wpi.edu

  • H1B advising
  • H1B filing for faculty and researchers
  • PR applications for faculty and researchers
  • J-1 scholar advising
  • F-2/J-2 advising
  • CPT (primary advisor)
  • OPT (secondary advisor)
  • Reduced course load forms (primary advisor)
  • Cross-cultural and adjustment advising
  • International Student Council advising
  • General personal or immigration issues

 

Colleen Callahan-Panday
Associate Director
ccallahan@wpi.edu

  • Tax advising
  • OPT (primary advisor), pre-completion, post-completion, STEM extension
  • CPT (secondary advisor)
  • Reduced course load forms (secondary advisor)
  • Extension of I-20 forms
  • H1B advising for students
  • J-1 students and non-degree student advising
  • Family-based Permanent Resident applications
  • Cross-cultural and adjustment advising
  • Career/employment related immigration questions  
  • General personal or immigration issues
  • International Student Council advising

 

Kathryn Remillard
SEVIS Coordinator
kremillard@wpi.edu

  • Change of address forms
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Letter of invitation (for visiting family)
  • Extension of I-20 forms
  • SEVIS registration

Janice T. Martin
Administrative Assistant
jtmartin@wpi.edu

  • Front desk
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Social security card applications (primary advisor)
  • Temporary housing
  • Certificate of residence
  • Notary public
  • Storage and safekeeping of personal items

English as a Second Language Program

Billy D. McGowan
Director
billym@wpi.edu

  • SPEAK testing
  • Intensive ESL Summer Program
  • ESL course for international TAs and management GAs
  • ESL seminar and individual tutoring
  • Writing help for International TAs
  • Conversation Partner Program
  • Coordinates Versant Testing and Classroom Assignments
  • Coordinates workshops for School of Business ESL 500/501
  • Facilates teacher meetings and workshops
  • Particpates in TA Training and Graduate Orientation
 
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