International Affairs

The Mandel School has a deep, longstanding commitment to the international community.

In 1999, the Office of International Affairs was established to coordinate activities at the Mandel School for international students, visiting scholars, lectureships and colloquia. The Office of International Affairs at the Mandel School continues to serve as a focal point for internationalization and closely collaborates with the University’s Center for International Affairs in support of the internationalization initiatives set forth by Case Western Reserve University.

Headshot of Kim McFarlin, director of international affairs
Kimberly McFarlin is the Mandel School's Assistant Dean of Student Services and Career Planning

Visiting scholars, masters and PhD students from various countries join the Mandel School community each year and continue to make a difference as Change Agents in diverse communities throughout the world. When students cross borders to study, they contribute in significant ways toward the globalization of a university and, at the same time, enrich their own personal and professional development.

The office serves as a focal point for all international students, working closely with admissions and university personnel to coordinate services. It advises members of LINK (Local InterNational Konnections), a Mandel School student group focused on building international connections. Special presentations and trainings also are featured throughout the year for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The Offices of International Affairs and International Programs collaborate on activities throughout the year, including annual International Education Week.

Unique Student Support and Experiences

The Office of International Affairs provides an individualized, supportive experience to each international student. This involves collaborating with the admissions office and assisting newly enrolled students. We strive to connect new international students, current Mandel School students and alumni from their own countries, where appropriate. Other supports include:

Special orientation activities for international students

Each student participates in a uniquely designed Pre-Orientation series to gain valuable information, resources and connection with current international students as you adjust to your new home in Cleveland. A one-day Orientation in late August offers comprehensive support specially developed to meet the needs of international students.

Opportunities for social gatherings

The LINK (Local InterNational Konnections) student group and the Office of International Affairs offers various opportunities to explore Cleveland, build relationships and develop leadership skills. LINK hosts three signature events each year, including the Ice Cream Social, International Dinner and Silent Auction.

Ongoing support, guidance, and mentorship

New, incoming international students are informally matches with a current student or alumni member to help support their success throughout the program. Students also connect with Career Services at Case Western Reserve University to receive additional guidance before they transition as a graduate.

Spoken English and International Student Support Seminar

New international students meet on Saturdays during the fall semester. The seminar offers weekly sessions to support language skill development and adjustment to new academic and cultural experiences. Students create friendships and benefit from the group support.

University Health and Counseling Services

The university offers integrated medical, mental health and wellness services. Counseling sessions are available by appointment or walk in. Most services are provided without a cost to students. Visit University Health and Counseling Services to learn more.

Community Partners and Professional Development

Guest presentations and visiting scholars provide opportunities for the exchange of diverse experiences and information among students, staff, faculty and the broader community. The Mandel School continues building upon an active network of collaborations for international student professional growth as social work and nonprofit leaders. Contact Kim McFarlin to learn more or become involved.

University Resources

Please contact Kim McFarlin to learn more.