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Student Visa Advising: Spotlight on Italy

Student visa regulations for Italy have always presented a challenge to students and advisors.  This Collegial Conversation will offer the opportunity for education abroad professionals to ask questions about the student visa application process for Italy.  Two noted experts with many years of Italian visa experience will be available for an informative and helpful Q&A session.

When: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Time: 2pm EDT
Where: Right Here

Presenter – Karen Wardzala

Karen Wardzala, M.A., is Assistant Director of the Villa Le Balze Programs and Overseas Studies Advisor for Italian Programs at Georgetown University.  She holds an M.B.A. from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, an M.A. in Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in the History of Art from James Madison University. She lived in Florence, Italy for many years where she worked as a student life assistant and extracurricular activities coordinator for the Syracuse University in Florence program and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. Currently Karen advises students who plan to study in Italy on Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze program as well as those students who plan to directly enroll in Italian universities.  She has been a member of the NAFSA CAL subcommittee since April 2009 and became Italy Country Coordinator in January 2011.

Presenter – Dianne DeSalvo

Dianne De Salvo is the Director of Study Abroad at Central Michigan University.  She is also the Detroit Consulate Liaison for the NAFSA Consular Affairs Liaison SubCommittee.