V.I.S.A. Leader Program

Volunteer International Student Assistant (V.I.S.A.) Leaders at Georgia State University are a group of students who are trained to be assistants during new international student orientation each semester. Their roles during orientation include:

  • Providing a smile and warm welcome to new international students
  • Individually leading a four-hour small group session of about fifteen new international students that includes an icebreaker, campus tour, and information session
  • Providing information about registration, housing options, banking, campus life, and general information about adjusting to life in the USA, in Atlanta and at GSU
  • Assisting with orientation check-in
  • Providing help during course registration
  • Taking lost/late students to the proper locations on campus
  • Helping with the general administration of orientation
  • Answering any and all questions and generally being as helpful as possible

Heena Sadhwani

Country: Mumbai, India

Major: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry

What I like about Atlanta: Atlanta is a perfect city, it provides you every experience- night life, nature, city life and suburban life, great weather and amazing places to just escape and get close to nature.

What I like about Georgia State: The diversity and the people. It is like home to me since I am here from 2015.

What I want incoming Panthers to know: Stay active, participate in whatever events you can since this is the best time of your life, make friends from different countries and learn about different cultures. It is the most beautiful revelation to know about different ethnicities. Just relax and enjoy life at GSU.



Felipe Benitez

Country: Chile

Major: Ph.D. in Mathematics

What I like about Atlanta: Atlanta is a cosmopolitan metropolis, so you can share with people and culture from all over the world! You can start your day with a Caribbean dish, have Chinese food for lunch, Indian for dinner and end up on a club dancing salsa!

What I like about Georgia State: The views, the rivers, the mountains, the countryside, the lakes, and especially during the fall.

What I want incoming Panthers to know: "If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”



Mario Coakley Jr

Country: Nassau, The Bahamas

Major: B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate

What I like about Atlanta: Landmarks and Festivities

What I like about Georgia State: The GSU Community

What I want incoming Panthers to know: Keep your eye on the prize, don’t get distracted.






Michelle Alicia Tedjasukmana

Country: Indonesia

Major: B.B.A. in Actuarial Science

What I like about Atlanta: I love the people!

What I like about Georgia State: Diversity and good business school!

What I want incoming Panthers to know: Remember to focus on what is the BEST for YOU in the long run, instead of what feels easy, or right at the moment. Have fun, and most importantly learn and grow so you can realize those dreams.



Quan Duong

Country: Vietnam

Major: B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems

What I like about Atlanta: There are many reasons why I like about Atlanta: amazing food, immersive music, its diverse culture, and so much on!

What I like about Georgia State: Georgia State is a diverse school with dedicated, progressive students who are willing to help and support every student.

What I want incoming Panthers to know: Joining the Panther community , "kindness is wisdom."



Eligibility:  DSCN7885You must be a current Georgia State student, in status with Immigration (if non-immigrant), and available for training and orientation dates.  Both American and international students are urged to apply.

Payment:  V.I.S.A. Leaders in fall term are paid $325 for their work ($275 for spring, $225 for summer), but the biggest benefits are the leadership skills and friendships that you develop.  You will also be given 2 shirts to wear during orientation and receive a discount to buy books from the Georgia State University Bookstore.

Training:  You will be fully trained with all the information you need to carry out your role at orientation. Training will occur about four weeks before orientation and will be 2-3 days long.  The schedule will include training on how to give a campus tour, team building with your fellow V.I.S.A. Leaders, information critical to the new international student experience, and a challenge activity.

Selection:  On-line application is available on this website in March (for fall semester) and in November (for spring semester). We will email you if you are selected for an interview. Normally we have many more applicants than available spaces.  All applicants will be notified of the decision a few days after interviews cease.

Spring 2022 VISA Leader Application is now open! Complete your application form here and send your resume to isss@gsu.edu by Friday, November 12, 2021 at 5pm.


Contact isss@gsu.edu if you have any questions.