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Yuki K. Watanabe

Assistant Director, Advising and Compliance
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  • BA Psychology, Colby College (Waterville ME), ‘01
  • MA Intercultural Relations (International Student Advising track), Lesley University (Boston MA), ‘04

What does she do at ISS?

Yuki primarily advises F-1 and J-1 international students on immigration regulation matters (ex. courseload reduction, employment authorization, I-20/DS-2019 updates or extensions, etc.) individually and through ISS workshops.  She helps ensure that KU is compliant with federal reporting requirements (ex. enrollment, local address, change of majors/degree levels, etc.) and also oversees the I-20/DS-2019 document production process for new incoming students as well as continuing students changing education levels.

Who is Yuki?

Yuki is originally from Kyoto, Japan,  and spent her childhood living on both sides of the Pacific.  As an immigration advisor to international students, she had already started her training in this field when she herself returned to the U.S. as an international student more than two decades ago.  With her cross-cultural upbringing, she knows firsthand the invaluable benefits of exposure to diverse perspectives and is engaged in this work because she hopes to facilitate those valuable intercultural experiences for others.  Prior to joining the ISS team at KU, she managed the U.S. office for a Japanese study abroad company in California, and worked at several international student offices at various universities in Boston. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. In between juggling work and family, she hopes to get back into playing tennis.

Personal Fun-Fact

I swam with wild dolphins in the Bahamas, where I also learned to open water scuba dive!


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