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Andrea Popa (center), director of the Office of International Student Affairs, with international students in 2019.

International students face limited prospects after graduation

By Gabriel Borges, Staff Writer
September 30, 2021

Most recent Emerson graduates have their job prospects at the front of their minds, but for international students, the question of what to do with their lives after getting off the commencement stage...

The Office of International Student Affairs.

Proposed federal rule would limit international students’ time in U.S.

By Charlie McKenna and Alec Klusza
October 6, 2020

A newly proposed U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule could limit the ability of international students to stay in the U.S. for more than four years during their planned course of study.  Proposed...

Four panelists discussed about the medias portrayal of COVID-19.

Communication Department attributes coronavirus fears to misinformation

By Gege Tan
February 19, 2020

Mary Anne Taylor, associate professor of Communication Studies, stated in a panel discussion about the coronavirus that the media is using the same hyperbolic language for COVID-19 as they displayed during...

Director of International Student Affairs Andrea Popa (pictured) said the class of 2023 represents over 27 foreign countries, with the top countries of origin, including China, Vietnam, India, South Korea, and Thailand. Beacon Archive

Emerson’s international student population continues to grow

By Laurel Booth
October 9, 2019

College officials released preliminary admission numbers showing a 12 percent increase in first-year international students admitted to the college this fall—building on a 57 percent increase from last...

Andrea Popa (center), director of the Office of International Student Affairs, with international students in 2019.

College creates peer mentor program for international students

By Hanna Marchesseault
April 3, 2019

The Office of International Student Affairs and the Office of Housing and Residence Life plan to implement an International Student Peer Mentor program starting in the fall 2019 semester to support new...

In addition to the new director, Andrea Popa, OISA hired two new program coordinators to help meet student needs. Xinyi Xu / Beacon Staff

OISA hires new director to address student complaints

By Daniela Lobo-Rivera
January 30, 2019

The Office of International Student Affairs appointed Andrea Popa as the new director following student complaints about staff vacancies during fall 2018. The college also reassigned former Interim...

Some members of the Emerson community faced economic and emotional hardship during the 35-day partial government shutdown. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Partial government shutdown interrupted student’s food stamps, family members’ jobs

By Anissa Gardizy
January 27, 2019

Graduate Student Kenya Hunter said she felt lucky the government partially shutdown on Dec. 22 and not any earlier because coming back home to Georgia for winter break allowed her to conserve food stamps. “I...

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