City of Hope for Global Education Initiative

Connecting the world of sciences through education and partnerships”

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is committed to enhancing international education, fostering engagement of international students and scholars and enabling City of Hope research collaborations at a global scale. We do this by:
  • Administering short-term academic and scholar exchange programs and serving as a gateway to City of Hope for international students and scholars
  • Overseeing immigration sponsorship policy and process and providing advice, counseling and advocacy on immigration and cross-cultural issues
  • Promoting an inclusive campus environment and the integration of international students and scholars into the City of Hope community

Our Team

The ISSO team is comprised of experienced educators who have dedicated their professional lives to furthering international education. 

International students and scholars on visas are subject to a complex and changing set of regulations mandated by the U.S. government, which can be confusing. The ISSO team is here to assist. Do not hesitate to let us know how we can help you. 
P. Sherri Pattanakiat
Director, International Studies
Ext. 87575
Consultation hours: Thursday 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment

Saundra Hilton
Associate Director, Office of the Provost
Ext. 82737
Consultation hours: by appointment

Xiaoqing “Candice” Zhou, MBA
International Studies Academic Program Manager
Ext. 86644
Consultation hours: by appointment

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