Meet your BIO International Student Advisers!

International Student Advisers are here to advise international students on immigration, personal, social, and cultural matters during their time here at UC Berkeley. We are here to serve as advocates to the university community and to help connect students to the correct resources around the community. We are also here to help university faculty and staff best serve our international student population. Learn more about us below!

How to Contact Us

  • Email your general questions to internationaloffice@berkeley.edu. An adviser will respond within 3 business days.
  • Drop in from 10am-12pm or 1:30pm-4pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no Wednesdays) to see an Adviser.
  • Call us at 510.642.2818 for quick questions
NameAbout MeLiaison Units

Amy Veramay

Lead Adviser for Undergraduate Student Services & Program Coordinator

I started at BIO in July 2012 and I'm originally from Michigan, but call Chicago home (go Cubs!). I speak English and basic French, and I have traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, England, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Belgium, Jamaica, Spain, Croatia, and Slovenia. I also studied and worked in the Republic of Ireland.

After living abroad I knew I wanted to support students in their international pursuits. I returned to the US to obtain my Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University so I could pursue working in international education.

I am interested in international education, leadership, orientation, student activities and intercultural communication. I love to play and watch sports, especially baseball.


Erin Skelly

Lead Adviser for Graduate Student Services & Regulatory Practice

I started at BIO in July 2012 and I am from Fort Walton Beach, FL. I speak English, German, and Dutch, and I can talk about food or directions in Japanese and Korean. I have visited Mexico, the Bahamas, the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Thailand and China. I have studied in the Netherlands and Germany, and I have lived in the Republic of Korea.

The experience of coming from an international family background, and having studied, lived, and traveled in different countries has been one of the primary shapers of my life. I feel lucky to have a job that I love, and one which enables me to continue being a part of a global community. Also, as a Floridian, I am grateful every day for the glorious Bay Area weather and the opportunities to explore the State of California's gorgeous landscapes.

Professionally, my interests are in mental health and counseling, crisis management, academic integrity, intercultural communication and engagement, and gender/identity issues. Personally, I love knitting, hiking, analytic and continental philosophy, feminist science fiction, and watching live bands. And cats. I really love cats.

Mimi Ghosh

Mimi Ghosh

International Student Adviser

I started at BIO in September 2016. I'm originally from the Toronto area, but spent my high school years in Florida, went to university in Montreal, and di my graduate studies in Austin, Texas, so I've experienced a lot of North America's diversity first-hand. I spent almost a decade living and working in Japan, which was a life-shaping experience, and I've traveled to India, Thailand, Cambodia, South Korea, England, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. I speak French, Japanese, Spanish, Bengali, and Italian, and can understand conversational Hindi.

My professional background is in ESL instruction. Languages and language instruction have always been passions of mine. Over the years, they dovetailed nicely with international education and cross-cultural exchange, and I've channeled my enthusiasm for teaching into my role as an advisor. BIO can be a great source of support for you during your time at UC Berkeley. Please drop by - I look forward to meeting you!


Isela Peña-Rager

International Student & Scholar Adviser

I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants and am originally from Los Angeles, California. I have been with BIO since June 2013. Spanish was my first language, but I've become a bit of an English-language geek. I've studied Nahuatl, Portuguese, Italian, and French. My adventures have taken me to Mexico, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Once upon a time, I was a language instructor, teaching both Spanish and English in the US and abroad; and, I fell in love with the international community. I live in Oakland with my writer/editor/musician/former-ESL-teacher husband and our really cute son.

Photography, food, books, leadership development, intercultural communication, living a sustainable and healthy lifestyle-- these are my passions. I also enjoy art, design, music, event planning, decorating, people with a quirky sense of humor, and getting to know this amazing Cal community.


Vanina Granell

International Student Adviser & Customer Relations Supervisor

I started at BIO in July 2013. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK), too! I was born in Finland, but also spent my early childhood in France and England until moving to Florida in the U.S. when I was 7 years old. I speak English, French and very basic Spanish and Arabic, and I have lived in France, Finland, England, and Morocco and traveled to the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Germany, Estonia, Canada, Spain, and Russia.

As a new staff member, I am so happy to be here and I really love what I do here at UCB. I am here to assist and help our international students and university community in any way I can. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or new ideas! There is always room to learn and room for improvement!

Professionally, I am passionate about all aspects of international education especially cross-cultural student engagement and developing new and exciting ways to best serve the goal of internationalization on U.S campuses. Personally, I am a avid want-to-be outdoors-woman(!) and enjoy playing sports, hiking, camping, and exploring my new Bay Area home!


Amy Azuma

International Student Adviser

I joined BIO in November 2014 and returned to my alma mater. After finishing my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, I taught in Japan, completed my master's in International Education, and traveled to Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In addition to English, I speak Japanese, and French.

I am motivated by the exciting academic and personal growth opportunities that international study provides. My experiences have given me a deep compassion for students facing the challenges posed by the U.S. education system. BIO is an amazing resource for your life at CAL. I look forward to meeting you. Go Bears! ​


Tatiana Djordjevic

International Student & Scholar Adviser

I started at BIO in March 2015 and originally hail from the great Lone Star State, or more specifically, San Antonio, TX. I have studied abroad in Sweden and Russia, as a high school student, university student, and after finishing my studies. I speak both Swedish and Russian, and am learning Serbian. I have traveled to most countries in western and northern Europe, as well as Canada, Estonia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Russia. 

I am fortunate to have a diverse and international family, which originally inspired my interest in studying abroad. After benefiting from many international experiences, I am grateful to work with international students in the United States, both helping them make the most of their experience and continuing to learn about the world through them. 

Professionally, I am interested in all aspects of international education, but am especially interested in cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment, international exchange as public diplomacy, and expanding international education to under-served groups. I am excited to support the talented and diverse international student community here at Berkeley, and look forward to meeting you! ​ ​


MinhAn Nguyen

International Student Adviser

I was born in Vietnam and moved to California when I was 10 years old. I grew up in Silicon Valley and obtained my degree in International Relations from UC Davis. During my time in college, I studied abroad in Japan and Egypt. I have also been to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Taiwan as well. Prior to entering the work field, I interned in Washington, D.C. where I supported children of recent immigrants to adjust to their new life. Altogether, these experiences influenced my interest in working in the field of international education and eventually brought me to BIO in April 2015.

Professionally, I am interested in international relations, cultural exchange, and international development with a focus on education. In my spare time, I like to volunteer. I think it’s a great way to get to know the community that you are living in and meet new friends. Aside from that, I also enjoy hiking, traveling to new countries and collecting postcards! I am very excited to be part of the BIO team and I look forward to meeting you soon!