Faculty/Staff Resources

Electronic Advisor Recommendations

The ISSO's Terra Dotta software went through a major software update in February 2021, which updated the process for international students seeking faculty/staff advisor approval for ISSO requests, such as employment authorization for internships. 

All faculty/staff advisor recommendations for ISSO requests will now be processed electronically, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Academic Training (AT), Program Extensions, and Reduced Course Load requests.

When students submit an electronic advisor recommendation request through the ISSO Portal, the faculty/staff advisor will receive an email that looks like the following:

SUBJECT: ISSO Request for Advisor Approval


Greetings from the Brandeis International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)!

{STUDENT NAME} has initiated a(n) {REQUEST NAME} application that has been assigned to you for advisor approval. For full details on the content and status of this request, please click {STUDENT LOGIN URL} to log in and process this request.

You can review the ISSO's Faculty/Staff Resources page for more information on electronic advisor recommendations.

Please email isso@brandeis.edu with any questions.

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The email will include a unique link to the approver form for the student's application. Please click the link in the email to view the student request, complete the questionnaire, and click "Approve" to submit.

Feel free to reach out to isso@brandeis.edu with any questions about the advisor recommendation process for international student requests.

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