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Welcome from the Advisor

Let me introduce myself. I am Habeeb Awad, the International Student Advisor. I will be coordinating the many aspects of the International Student Orientation, class registration, immigration procedures, and other matters necessary for your enrollment at Hope.

I am sure you have many questions and are ready to start in on the process of preparing for your time at Hope College. But first let me introduce you to the staff of Fried International Center. Altogether, there are three of us in the International Education Office. Amy Otis-De Grau is the Director and Kendra Williams is the Office Manager. We all work together to ensure your time here at Hope College is a rich and satisfying experience.

As you begin the process of gathering your paperwork and preparing for your arrival at Hope, you will want to explore all the subject headings to the left, but I especially need you to click on and complete all of the required forms that can be found under Before You Arrive. Also in this section you will find your mailing address. The Orientation Section will give you an insight on some of the activities we have planned for you when you arrive - this is a crucial time for you to become familiar with our campus and in meeting key people across campus that you will interact with during your time here at Hope.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me and I will respond as quickly and completely as time allows. If you have e-mail access you may e-mail me at If sending a fax is a better option for you, the fax number is (616) 395-7937. Our telephone number is (616) 395-7605; someone is in the office Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (EST - same as New York). I very much look forward to meeting you upon your arrival!

Warmest Regards,
Habeeb G. Awad
International Student Advisor

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