Making a decision on what college you will attend can be a scary and daunting task. Especially for an international student like me who lives over 8000…
Andrew Shiotani joins us as the new Director of the International Center, or as it’s known on campus, the I-Center. Andrew has worked with international students at institutions across the US and most recently the University of Oregon. Andrew holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and M.Phil in Comparative Education from Teachers College Columbia University. As Director of the International Center, he oversees the team providing immigration and student services to over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students and close to 300 faculty and research scholars across all of Tufts’ schools. We sat down with Andrew to learn a bit more about him and the role the I-Center plays in our international community.
Just like we ask all our prospective students, Why Tufts?
I wanted to come to Tufts because of its extraordinary reputation for academic excellence, its level of cultural and global engagement, and its strong sense of community and identity. I think people who study and work at Tufts remember it as a genuinely unique place, full of character and vibrancy. I very much wanted to be a part of this very special place.
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go and why?
My vacation dreams change from trip to trip. There are so many places in the world I haven’t been to and want to explore. But if there’s a place I’d choose, it would be the fjords of Norway – the scenic views are breathtaking.
What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?
I’ve only been at Tufts for a month so I’m not sure I’ve found a favorite place yet. I’m still exploring and open to suggestions!
What is something you would like prospective international students to know about the I-Center?
The International Center is here to help you not only to succeed as a student, but to flourish as a member of the Tufts Community. We want you to come and see us for your questions, join our programs, and take advantage of the amazing support and resources our staff and volunteers are ready to provide you.
What is your favorite Tufts tradition?
I don’t think I’m aware of every Tufts tradition, but the painting of the cannon is a special one. It’s fun and showcases the diversity of the student body and their interests!
How would you describe the Tufts international community?
The Tufts international community is diverse, vibrant, engaged and fun. Even in the short time I’ve been here I’ve had amazing conversations and interactions with our international students and scholars. They’re dedicated to excelling and helping to make Tufts the very special place that it is, bringing their unique cultural and individual knowledge, insights, and experiences to enrich the fabric of our university.
If you could design an Ex-College course what would it be?
I would love to teach a course that exposes people to some of the basics of the work that I do as an international student and scholar advisor. I have almost twenty years of experience in immigration advising for colleges and universities, and I think it would be eye-opening to many to understand more about how US immigration processes and systems work.