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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)

    Virtual Hours
    Please contact us by email at globalstudentservices@biola.edu to set up a virtual appointment.

    Offices are closed on observed holidays.

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Hello global students! We are excited to be able to serve you and support you as Biola plans to return to campus this year. We want you to know – we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to contact our department at globalstudentservices@biola.edu with questions, concerns, prayer requests or any other way we can support you during this time. Thank you!

 

  • For information on Biola University’s response to COVID-19, please visit biola.edu/coronavirus.
  • For F-1/Immigration related questions, please contact jessica.chen@biola.edu.
  • Incoming students, for questions on enrollment, financial aid or general Biola-related questions, please contact international.coordinator@biola.edu.
  • Incoming second year students (or any student who has yet to have an in-person orientation), you are invited to join us for Global Student Orientation. Please visit the New Students tab for information and to sign up.

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

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