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International Student Advisory Board

The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is a bridge from the international student community to International Education and University departments, offering ideas for new programs and services and suggestions for current programs and services.

ISAB Goals

The ISAB’s goals are to:

  • serve as a forum for international student feedback on their study abroad experience at Richmond.
  • increase international student visibility and collaboration with campus offices through outreach and education about international student needs.
  • provide leadership training through meetings, presentations, and other interactions with the UR community.

Apply for ISAB 2020-21!

Do you want to serve the international student community? Apply to be an ISAB member for 2020-21! To apply, please read the Mission Statement & Guidelines and complete the Application below.

Don’t have the time or interest to apply but know someone who does?

Nominate them through the ISAB Nomination form!

Students should NOT nominate themselves.

Your Ideas

If you have ideas or suggestions for new outreach activities or ways to improve the current Richmond experience for international students, let ISAB know by completing this form or email the ISAB.

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Meet the Board

Than Thar Aye, Myanmar, WC '22, Biochemistry

Than Thar AyeMy name is Than Thar Aye, and I am from Myanmar (Burma). I am currently a sophomore, and I am planning to major in Biochemistry and minor in Business Administration. I love swimming, cooking, watching variety shows and traveling. Recently, I also discovered my new interest in playing archery during my first semester at the university, so if anyone would like to give it a shot just let me know. My first year here at the University of Richmond has been a great experience getting to know a lot of people from diverse backgrounds. Like any other international student coming from another side of the globe, I honestly found it difficult to adapt to this unique culture and the peculiar weather of Richmond at first but believe me you are not alone. If you ever want to open up to someone about anything or just hang out, always feel free to reach out to me anytime because I would love to make you feel at home.

Xiaodi Hu, China, WC '21, Physics and Psychology

Xiaodi HuHi! My name is Xiaodi Hu and I go by Sara. I come from Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. Singing and journaling are my biggest hobbies, and free-writing is my favourite activity in my free time. UR has been serving as a platform for me to try many different possibilities for my future. At UR, I found my passion for science and research, and I am majoring in Physics and Psychology. I started research in my freshmen year, and I can talk non-stop about my wonderful research experience at UR. I also participate in several student organizations to try different things and positions. Besides, I had several on-campus jobs to gain working experience. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to reach out to me!

Ellie Rushforth, UK, 2019-20 exchange student, sociology & politics

Ellie RushforthMy name is Ellie Rushforth and I am an exchange student from the United Kingdom. My home university is the University of Edinburgh and I am studying towards a joint degree in Sociology and Politics. I have really enjoyed my study abroad experience so far, and I think it has been one of the most valuable aspects of my degree, so I joined ISAB as I wanted to make sure that other exchange and international students felt this too! A huge part of my experience at the University of Richmond has been the amazing people I have met, and I think this has really added to my perceptions of the university. In my free time I love to travel, and would love to take this opportunity to see even more of the United States.

Linh Nguyen, Vietnam, WC '22, Mathematical Economics

Linh NguyenMy name is Linh Nguyen. I am a sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam. I am undeclared with an intended major in Mathematical Economics and minor in Arts. I love reading, baking, watching movies and especially photography. You can sometimes catch me around campus or downtown with my camera. My first year at UR has been wonderful and changed me a lot as a person. I am very excited to serve as an ISAB member next year, and I am open to any comments or suggestions from you to improve the international student community.

Linh Pham, Vietnam, WC '22, Business Administration

Mai Linh PhamHi! My name is Mai Linh Pham (preferred name Linh Pham) from Hanoi, Vietnam. I am a rising sophomore with an intended major is Business Administration, triple concentration in Accounting, Finance, Management Consulting, and minor in Psychology. I love to socialize with people and get engaged with multicultural programs, so I would be more than happy to serve as an ISAB Board Member and support our diverse international student community here. Apart from ISAB, I currently take part in a variety of programs or organizations on campus, such as SSIR Living Learning Community, Spider Board, American Marketing Association, Peer Advisors and Mentees Program, etc. You can not only find me "getting stressed out" at the B-School but also come across me working at the CSI Front Desk in THC, but definitely stop by and catch up. One year studying in Richmond has allowed me to develop myself a lot in different aspects, so I am always here to help!

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