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About IPS


The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) is a unit of the Office of the Provost and is responsible for the strategic execution of Georgia Southern’s internationalization process and provides oversight for the international activities of the campus. IPS aims to infuse a global dimension throughout the University’s teaching, research, and service activities, and improve the breadth and depth of Georgia Southern’s global reach and engagement. These aspirations are achieved by managing international strategic partnerships; providing study abroad & exchange programming for students; offering professional development and service activities for faculty; maintaining high-quality, federally compliant international student and scholar services; and hosting programs and events that contribute to campus-wide intercultural education. This infusion of internationalized educational activities extends beyond the scope of the University to support global learning, business, and economic development in Southeast Georgia.

In service to the Office of the Provost, the Office of International Programs & Services supports campus-wide academic initiatives, policies, and strategic plans that raise the international profile of the institution. These endeavors operate in accordance with the strategic mission of the University through the development of collaborative private and public partnerships supporting education, the availability of transcultural experiences, and the preparation of the student population for leadership and service as world citizens.


The Office of International Programs & Services aspires to raise the international profile of the institution and become a regional leader in the development, implementation, and execution of internationalization activities.

Our Staff

The professional staff of the Office of International Programs and Services thrive on challenges and strive to create an environment that supports the internationalization efforts of Georgia Southern University and the educational advancement of its students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding local community. By engaging in consistent professional training, IPS staff stay up-to-date with the policies, procedures, regulations, and best practices necessary for facilitating student and faculty support in Study Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, and all other areas of responsibility.

Use the staff listing below to contact the appropriate individual for addressing your questions.  Or use our website to navigate between our online resources.

Dr. Dorothée Mertz-Weigel 
Statesboro and Armstrong Campus
Phone: (912) 478-0332
Ms. Kristin R. Kasting Karam
Assistant Director/DSO
Armstrong Campus
Phone: (912) 344-3042
Tanya-Grubbs Ms. Tanya Brakhage
Immigration Specialist/PDSO/RO
Advises F-1 Students with surname M-Z
Forest Drive Building – Room 1322
Phone: (912) 478-7435
Ms. Audrey Faulkner
International Student Coordinator/DSO
Advises F-1 Students with surname A-L
Forest Drive Building – Room 1323
Phone: (912) 478-5451
Emilee Carr Ms. Emilee Carr
Study Abroad Advisor
Advises J-1 students
Advises all students going abroad
Forest Drive Building – Room 1324
Phone: (912) 478-5574
Ms. Sara C. Nobles
International Student Services Program Coordinator
Armstrong Campus
Phone: (912) 344-3128
Angie Threatte Ms. Angie Threatte 
Coordinator, International Programs & Events
Forest Drive Building – Room 1321
Phone: (912) 478-0570


Ms. Mayya Tyan
Administrative Assistant/DSO
Forest Drive Building – Room 1313A
Phone: (912) 478-0332
Raymond_DaAndra Ms. DeAndra Raymond
Budget Analyst
Forest Drive Building – Room 1313B
Phone: (912) 478-5668
Ms. Kianna Hamilton
Work-Study Student
Forest Drive Building – Room 1313
Phone: (912) 478-7966
Work-Study Student
Forest Drive Building – Room 1313
Phone: (912) 478-7966
Ms. Lindsey Heard
Graduate Assistant – International Extended Families Program
Forest Drive Building – Room 1327
Phone: (912) 478-1379
Mr. Samuel Nwaobi
Graduate Assistant – Global Ambassadors Program
Forest Drive Building – Room 1325
Phone: (912) 478-5929
Ms. Samantha Odiari
Institutional Student Assistant
Forest Drive Building – Room 1313
Phone: (912) 478-7966
Mr. Tanner Perfect
Graduate Assistant-Study Abroad Program Resource Rm.
Forest Drive Building – Room 1316
Phone: (912) 478-7728
Ms. Bethany Sauer
Graduate Assistant – Cross Cultural Friendship Program
Forest Drive Building – Room 1326
Phone: (912) 478-4926

Emergency Phone Numbers:

F-1/J-1 students/scholars may call 912-536-5383 for Customs & Border Protection issues occurring during non-work hours.

Public Safety/Campus Police – call 912-478-5234 for campus emergencies or to relay an emergency message to IPS during non-work hours.

Business Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm



Last updated: 6/13/2018