Greetings from the Office of International Students & Scholars
The Office of International Students & Scholars at Lindenwood University would like to welcome you to our web page. We hope you find our site helpful and informative. As the Lindenwood Family continues to grow, the International Student Center remains committed to providing a culturally diverse learning environment for students from areas throughout the world. Additionally, Lindenwood strives to improve economic and cultural development worldwide by educating the leaders of tomorrow.
Currently, 831 international students from 93 countries chose Lindenwood to meet their educational needs. Students from five continents journey every year to St. Charles, integrating themselves into our community. Lindenwood is proud to provide a unique opportunity to share in the experiences of students from so many different cultures.
Please explore our web page to learn more about our campus, opportunities and application processes. If you can’t find the information you’re seeking, please contact us. International students, who have already been accepted to Lindenwood University, please visit our International Students and Scholars Admitted Students page. If your English level is not high enough for direct admission to an undergraduate or graduate program, please consider our English as a Second Language Program.
The OISS Team.
Emin Hajiyev is the Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars and PDSO. Emin is a native of Baku, Azerbaijan. Emin moved to St. Charles, MO to pursue his Master of Business Administration in September of 2005. After the completion of his Master’s degree, Emin joined the Office of International Students and Scholars in March of 2007 in the capacity of International Students Adviser. Since 2008, Emin has been the Director of the Office. Previously Emin had been involved in a variety of short and long-term projects of the World Bank and UNDP representation offices in Baku, Azerbaijan, including the Capacity Building Project at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. In 2003, Emin had been selected to join the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. During his one-year deployment, he promoted business networks between the U.S. and Azerbaijani entrepreneurs. After his return to Azerbaijan, Emin consulted U.S. companies in Azerbaijan. Emin is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy.
Amanda Cassano is the Associate Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. Amanda, a Native of Hamilton, Ontario Canada moved to New York in 2007 to attend university on a full soccer scholarship. In 2009, Amanda transferred to Lindenwood University and was a member of the Women’s soccer team.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Public Administration from Lindenwood University. During her Master’s and Doctorate degree, Amanda worked as a graduate assistant for the Vice President of Human Resources and the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lindenwood University before having the privilege to join the Office of International Students and Scholars full time. Amanda is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration.
“Being an international student for several years is what makes me so passionate about my job. I always want to go above and beyond for our students, because I can truly relate to what it means to be an international student pursuing an education in another country. I love Lindenwood University because not only does it provide students with a home away from home, but with friends that become family.”
Roudina Thomsen is the International Credential Compliance Officer and DSO. Roudina Thomsen was born in Kansas City, MO, and moved to St. Charles, MO in 2003. Roudina received her Associates degree in Applied Computer Science: Multi-Media in 1999. In 2006, Roudina found Lindenwood University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology. Roudina went on to pursue two master’s degrees from Lindenwood University. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Science in Administration in Marketing. In 2008, Roudina graduated with a Master of Arts in Communications, with an emphasis in Promotions.
Prior to moving to St. Charles, Roudina worked for the City of Kansas City, MO in the Records Management Department.
Upon resettling in the St. Charles area, Roudina was hired by Lindenwood University in September of 2003. For 9 years, Roudina worked in the Academic Services office and obtained the titles of Academics Services Representative and later was promoted to Assistant Registrar.
In 2012, Roudina was transferred to the Office of International Students & Scholars as the International Credential Compliance Officer. Roudina has worked on branding the Office of International Students & Scholars and has assisted in streamlining the policies and procedures of international admissions.
“Working with international students has opened my eyes to different cultures, customs, and people and made me a better person for it”.
Favorite quote: " Où est l'amitié est la patrie." Voltaire (Where there is friendship, there is our natural soil.)
Lauren Repp is the Coordinator for the Office of International Students and Scholars. Lauren grew up nearby in O’Fallon, MO. Lauren attended Missouri State University where she played snare drum in the Pride marching band. She received a Bachelor of Science in Spanish in 2013. During her time as an undergraduate student, Lauren had the opportunity to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain and volunteer in Nicaragua. In 2014, Lauren traveled to Santiago, Chile where she taught English for a year at a technical institute.
Prior to working at Lindenwood, Lauren gained additional international experience working in the International Student Services Office at Missouri Baptist University.
“Travelling abroad is both scary and life changing. I enjoy working in the Office of International Students and Scholars because it combines my passion for assisting others with my interest in other cultures. I know what it feels like to be the new face in a foreign country and hope to use my own experiences to better assist our students.”