Introducing: The Office of Global Services (OGS)

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, your OGS advisor. My name is Meredith Hansen and I will be your primary contact person for all visa related questions. Please keep in mind that Zara Bohan and the rest of the Global Programs team will be your primary contact for everything non-visa related to your semester abroad.

On Tuesday, October 11 you should have received an email directly from our office. This email highlights our comprehensive visa instructions, which will help guide you through the immigration process. OGS will be submitting groups of Long Stay Schengen visa applications for US citizens to the Italian Consulate. The deadline to submit your application materials to OGS is November 4. We will begin accepting applications on October 17 at 383 Lafayette Street. Group Processing is NOT required, but gives you the opportunity to have your application reviewed by OGS prior to submission. You MUST be present in the United States when applying for your visa and can be without your passport for up to 4 weeks beyond their selected deadline. Please fill out this survey to indicate if you are interested in participating in group processing.

You will work with an advisor at OGS to ensure that you are able to arrive at your study abroad site with the appropriate documentation to study.  You will receive emails from OGS, but know that I am your primary contact for immigration related questions and you can reach out to me at or 212-998-4157.

OGS Contact Information:

  • Email
  • Gchat: Add to your gchat contact list and reach out anytime you see us available!
  • Call +1-212-998-4242 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Eastern Time)
  • Starting October 17*, walk-in Advising Hours at 383 Lafayette Street are:
    • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10:00am – 4:00 pm
    • Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00am – 5:00pm

*If you need to meet with an advisor between now and Monday, October 17, please contact your advisor (information above) to schedule an appointment.


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