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Office Hours

  • Regular Hours
    8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Friday)

    Summer Hours
    8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Thursday)
    8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (Friday)

    Offices are closed on observed holidays.

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What is Global Student Programs and Development?

Global Student Programs and Development (GSPD) is a department dedicated to seeing global students thriving in a more globally minded community at Biola.

We exist to serve, equip and empower global students toward whole-person, intercultural development. We do this by:

  • Providing transition services to California and Biola University, including orientations and workshops
  • Connecting global students to a network of university and community resources
  • Facilitating community-building opportunities among global students
  • Empowering students in intercultural identity development through community groups and leadership development
  • Offering cultural awareness events for the entire Biola community

Who are Global Students?

Here at Biola, "global student" is mainly used to refer to students who have spent a significant period of their developmental years in a country or culture other than the U.S. Some examples are F1 Visa students, missionary kids (MKs) and third culture kids (TCKs).

  • Over 600 global students attend Biola University
  • More than 20 faculty/staff are originally from countries outside the U.S.
  • 40+ home countries are represented
  • Dozens of languages are spoken here every day

Department Members

Chris Lee
Director, Global Student Programs & Development
Noelle Delacruz
Program Coordinator, Global Student Programs & Development
Jennifer Smith
Assistant Program Coordinator