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Student Library Assistant, 11/2008 – 11/2009

George Forbes Memorial Library, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Worked in a multicultural team of library of and student assistants of twelve different nationalities

Delivered excellent service to library patrons, proved high attention to detail when shelving library items

Student Research Assistant03/2006 – 0103/2006 – 0106 – 01/2007

Department of Cultural and Regional Geography, University of Trier, Germany

Researched and reviewed literature for an academic publication

Au Pair,  07/2000 – 08/2001 Placement in West Palm Beach, FL, USA 

Experienced and developed an understanding of American culture and improved English language skills

Computer Skills:  Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MoveOn, Endnote, HIS-SOS, SPSS,

                                NVivo, Dreamweaver, Imperia, ArcGIS.

Language:  German – Native language; English – fluent; French – intermediate, Spanish – beginner

Interests: Triathlon, travelling, foreign food and cultures

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Highlights of Expericence and Skills

Global Mobility

  • 3 years of service- and detail-oriented, global mobility experience from advising and organizing the mobility of staff and students.
  • Practical experience in global mobility program organization, planning, initiating tasks, and upholding program quality. 
  • Experience managing foreign relationships in the education sector and assisting internationals with the moving process and settling in.
  • Practical knowledge of international student health insurance and basic knowledge of tax regulations.
  • Solely responsible for the service-oriented support of non-German speaking international students on two campuses.
  •  Extensive involvement with residence permit applications and student visa applications through advising, organizing, and assisting the process. Working knowledge of student immigration regulations and processes, especially for Germany

Business Administration and Project/Program Administration

  • Proven ability to multi-task, improve administration processes, and constantly prioritize tasks with strong attention-to-detail.
  • Practical experience in monitoring and evaluating programs, policies, and practices, setting goals and objectives, and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrate assertiveness in current role as International Student Advisor at Gummersbach from sole responsibility role, daily problem solving, and willingness to assist fellow co-workers whenever needed.
  • Committed to team-orientation as proven in roles working with a distributed team in different departments and with international partners to maintain solid, professional relationships.
  • Strong desire for business needs and quality through voluntary quality management audits.
  • Business-level fluency in English and German

Work experience

Aug 2012Present

International Student Advsor

Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Guide international applicants on admission requirements and processes utilizing the German and English languages.
  • Advise and assist international applicants on visa requirements, residence permit applications, immigration policies, insurance matters, accommodation needs, and work permits.
  • Coordinate the staff and student exchange program for the Computer and Engineering Sciences Department.
  • Initiated the development of a new database to administer and process transcripts for  exchange students
  • Create, liaise, and maintain relationships with internal and external partners, including international cooperation partners in China, France, Jordan, and Norway.
  • Communicate with government authorities (embassies, alien registration authorities) to assist the visa or permit processes.
  • Plan and organize visits of foreign guests to the university and host them during their stay.
Mar 2012Jul 2012

International Mobility Coordinator

Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Planned, coordinated, and administered the Erasmus Internship program (internship abroad program within the EU).
  • Advised with attention-to-detail on visa application process, insurance, and internship contracts.
Jun 2011Feb 2012

Graduate Assistant, International Student Advising

Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Advised prospective international students on admission requirements and the application process.
  • Provided support services to students, academic staff, and international applicants.
  • Developed new information material for visa application processes for students going abroad.
Aug 2005Oct 2005

Program Management Intern

MultiKultur e. K., International Exchange Programs
  • Coordinated au pair programs for Europe and USA including organisation of clients placements.
  • Advised clients on program opportunities and application processes.
  • Communicated with foreign au pair agents and local government officials.



Master of Social Science

Lincoln University

Grade A-, Award: Research Writing Scholarship

Thesis: Glocalised homestay hosts: The relationship of the "global" and the "local" in the context of    internationalised education


Intermediate Diploma (Vordiplom)

University of Trier

Major: Geography of Leisure and Tourism

Minors: Social Psychology and Business Administration


Enrolled in a degree program

University of Saarland

Major: Information Science

Minors: Social Psychology and American Studies