Emergency After Hours

In case of an emergency after normal office hours that affects the health and safety of a Brandeis student or scholar, please contact the Brandeis University Office of Public Safety at 781-736-5000 and ask to have an ISSO staff member contacted regarding the emergency.

Contact Us

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
Brandeis University

415 South Street
Kutz 215, MS 040
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Office: Kutz Hall, Room 215
Phone: (781) 736-3480
Fax: (781) 736-3484
Email: isso@brandeis.edu

If you would like to make an appointment, please call the ISSO Front Desk during open office hours (9AM-5PM Monday-Friday) and we will be happy to assist you.

We do not schedule appointments via email. Thank you!


David C. Elwell

Director, Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), Responsible Officer (RO)

Contact David regarding:

  • scholar advising
  • H-1B petitions
  • Brandeis Davis-UWC Scholars

Ruth Brigham

Assistant Director, Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Contact Ruth regarding:

  • J-1 graduate student advising
  • J-1 visa sponsored student advising
  • J-1 visa Academic Training (AT)

Bonnie Ryle

International Student Advisor, Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Contact Bonnie regarding:

  • F-1 graduate student advising
  • F-1 graduate change of status (COS) and reinstatement applications
  • F-1 graduate student Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • F-1 graduate student Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Gillian Boulay

International Student Advisor, Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Contact Gillian regarding:

  • undergraduate student advising
  • Wien International Scholars Program
  • undergraduate change of status (COS) and reinstatement applications
  • undergraduate student Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • undergraduate student Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Emily Stewart

SEVIS/PASS Administrator, Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Contact Emily regarding:

  • visa document processing for new and current students (Form I-20, Form DS-2019, etc)
  • statistical student and scholar data

Souad Nejjar

Department Coordinator, Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Contact Souad regarding:

  • General Advising for International Students and Scholars
  • Open Doors Host Program
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Host Program