International Student Advisers

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 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
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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 did 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!

Vanina Granell

International Student Adviser & Customer Relations Supervisor

I started at BIO in July 2013. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK)! 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.

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 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!

Amy Chin-Pokhrel - student adviser

Amy Chin-Pokhrel

International Student Adviser

I started at BIO in May 2017. I’m originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and have been in the United States since 2006. I first came over as an international student to pursue my undergraduate studies in Minnesota. During my time as a student, I obtained on-campus employment with event operations in the student union. It was this opportunity that connected me with students from all over the world and made me realize that I was really interested in cross-cultural exchange. I stayed on at the same institution in Minnesota for 6 years to obtain an undergraduate and graduate degree, at the same time leading the event operations team. Upon completion of the program, I changed career paths and pursued another graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa.

I love to travel and see new sights, experience new cultures, try different food and connect with locals. I have traveled to Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, England, S. Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Within the US, I have lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Hawaii, and finally California. My first language is English, however I can converse on basic levels in Malay, Cantonese, and Hakka.

Professionally, I am interested in intercultural communication, multiculturalism, and international student adjustment. I feel like I can connect with and help other international students as I was once in their shoes. I am excited to be at CAL and look forward to meeting you!


Julie Baek

International Student Adviser

I’m originally from South Korea and have lived in the US since 2011. I came to the US as an exchange student to experience the US education system and meet people from other cultures. I have traveled to different countries including China, Thailand, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, etc. and enjoyed meeting local people and seeing different scenery. I worked as a student intern at the International Office at my home university assisting foreign students who came to study in Korea.

My firsthand experiences as a foreign student and a domestic student assistant who helped students from other countries brought me to my current role at BIO. I am passionate about helping international students, especially in their cultural adjustment to the U.S. and creating a more inclusive campus community. Personally, I love to go to the San Francisco Ferry Building and feel the vibe of the city where local people and tourists meet.