Meet Our Staff

The International Center for Students and Scholars assists international students, scholars and their dependents in immigration matters and adjusting to life in the United States.

Please feel free to browse through our pages to view a wide range of topics that you may need assistance on. If any of the information is difficult for you to understand or if you have specific questions, you may contact our office and ask to make an appointment with an International Student Advisor.

Emergency Assistance: If you have an emergency situation after business hours and need immediate help, please call the Campus Security Office at (203) 576-4911.

Meet the Staff

Director

Like the students I serve, I came to the United States to study as an international student. A number of years have passed, but I felt like it was yesterday when I flew in with an oversize suitcase and a pair of eager eyes. A unique sense of fulfillment comes from academic achievement in a secondary language. The University of Bridgeport has a diverse student body and it is an exciting place to be. The entire staff and I are here to assist you in easing your transition into the University of Bridgeport community. I speak Chinese, and have traveled to Russia, France, Belgium, Austria, Canada, and Italy. I can be contacted by email at: internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu or fsa@bridgeport.edu.

Associate Director

I was born and grew up in New Zealand but started traveling abroad when I was 20. I’ve lived in Japan, Australia, the U.S., Britain, and Spain and visited The Philippines, Korea, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia and Italy. I speak Spanish fairly well from having lived in Spain. The University of Bridgeport is a great place to work because of our varied international student body. My responsibilities in the office include transfer-in and transfer-out, leave of absence and readmission. I really enjoy meeting with students one-on-one to advise them of their options under F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations so they have a rewarding experience at U.B. and in the U.S.

Assistant Director

The University of Bridgeport is an excellent university. I know this for a fact because I attended U.B. and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a concentration in Pre-law. This university is one of the most diverse higher-learning institutes in the United States that will provide you with unique opportunities to learn about different cultures in the world. As an International Student Advisor, I will be helping students adjust to the Western culture and assist in any way possible. As an immigrant myself, I know how difficult it can be to adjust. I am trilingual in Arabic and Kurdish as well as English. With my language abilities, I would like to make sure that our students feel welcome in our office and to not hesitate with any questions or concerns. My ultimate goal is to make sure that all international students have an unforgettable experience during their time here at U.B.

Contact information: abedawi@bridgeport.edu

Visit Our Office

Feel free to make an appointment to meet with one of our International Student Advisors. Our office is also where many documents will be processed and events are held.  We look forward to meeting you!

International Center for Students and Scholars

126 Park Avenue, G-Level
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Except holidays and during Summer Break Fridays are closed 

Give us your feedback!Click here to start
+ +