International Student Office Team

Our team consists of internationally experienced study advisors. All team members have studied abroad and experienced living and studying in a foreign country first-hand. Therefore, each team member is happy to share their knowledge and to advise and inform you when it comes to choosing the perfect destination for your study abroad experience and to help prepare you for the best time of your life.

 

Sabine Sachs

Sabine Sachs

Head of the International Student Office

My name is Sabine Sachs and as the Head of the International Student Office I believe that uniting a targeted selection of exclusive universities in one office facilitates an ideally comprehensive but at the same time independent way of advising students and institutions. I am happy to share my experiences with students and institutions. Read more …

 

Andrea Schramm

Andrea Schramm

International Relations & Student Manager

My name is Andrea Schramm and I bring several years of experience in the field of international education to the team. I have spent plenty of time in different countries throughout the world – working, traveling, and studying – and therefore hold a treasure trove of experiences to share. I am looking forward to helping you on your way abroad. Read more …

Sophia Pasternack

Sophia Pasternack

International Relations & Student Manager - On Parental Leave -

My name is Sophia Pasternack and I spent three years in North America, first as an AuPair and later as a graduate student. During that time I came to love the American culture, the country and its people. I am dedicated to make similar experiences possible for interested students as well and am happy to give my support. Read more …

Svenja Zenz

Svenja Zenz

International Relations & Student Manager

My name is Svenja Zenz and I sought an adventure abroad already during high school times and went to New Zealand and Australia where I got to know the world from a different angle. I am happy to support you with helpful tips and advice in order to make your time abroad an unforgettable and unique experience. Read more …

Tim Stieffenhofer

Tim Stieffenhofer

Visual Communication

My name is Tim Stieffenhofer and I support the International Student Office with visual design projects. I love to travel, especially to Canada to visit family, and I enjoy designing interesting information material in order to simplify the start into your big study abroad adventure.  Read more …

Victoria Kramb

Victoria Kramb

International Relations & Student Manager

My name is Victoria Kramb and I spent quite some time living and studying in the USA, where I completed a high school year in Virginia and later came back for a semester abroad in California. Alongside completing my Master degree in American studies, I enjoy being on hand with help and advice for students planning their adventure abroad. Read more …

Edouard Augustins

Edouard Augustins

International Relations & Student Manager

My name is Edouard Augustins and as a French living in Germany I know first-hand of the challenges and questions study abroad students often face. I came to Germany initially for one semester and decided to stay even after finishing my degree. I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you fulfill your dream of studying abroad.  Read more …

Julia Laufer

Julia Laufer

International Relations & Student Manager

My name is Julia Laufer and based on my own experiences during my time in the USA I can only recommend studying abroad. I gained a second family, friends for life, got to know a different culture and grew personally. I look forward to getting you ready for your great adventure and to helping you take this once-in-a-lifetime chance to study abroad. Read more …

Maria Haase

Maria Haase

Online Marketing Manager

My name is Maria Haase and support the International Student Office in Social Media Management. I studied abroad in the USA and gained international experience living and working in Europe and Asia as well. I look forward to share my personal experiences with you and to prepare you for a great time abroad. Read more …

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Homestay – the application process and formal information – Semester abroad Canada

Homestay – the application process and formal information Report by Elena D. A large amount of time passes between applying for homestay until you first meet your host family. In order to join the homestay program, you have to apply at VIU by filling out a homestay profile. The form is found on the VIU homepage (https://www2.viu.ca/homestay/Process.asp). There you fill out formal information about your arrival and your address, but also personal preferences such as food, activities you enjoy, and the amount of time you want to spend with your host family. This application form, the letter of agreement, your arrival information (time and if you arrive by plane or ferry) and the homestay fee must be sent at least 6 weeks before you arrive in Canada. The first payment includes a refundable deposit of $780, one placement fee of $200, and two normal homestay fees for the first two months, $780 each. Finding a matching host family Once the homestay office has received the required information and fees, they will start to find a matching host family. If you provide them with extra and detailed information, for example, things that are important for you or known predispositions i.e. homesickness, this is helpful for the matching process. Especially important information to provide at the beginning is food you like and the way it is prepared; these are the most common reasons for changing host families. They will try to find a host family that matches as many criteria as possible. I, for example, said I play softball and I’d like to be in a really loving family. Fortunately, I...
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