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Do you have employees who need to quickly get up to speed with Terra Dotta software? Do you have new staff who need a solid, holistic understanding of TDS? Are you in an office that is implementing TDS for the first time? Are you an individual looking to break into the field of international education? If you said yes to any of the questions above, this program is ideal for you.

Terra Dotta Boot Camp is a 2-day, hands-on, immersive workshop designed to rapidly build your skills as a Terra Dotta administrator.

As a participant, you will receive access to your own Terra Dotta software site for 30 days. You will start with a blank copy of the software and wind up with a functional instance similar to those used in real-world applications.

Experienced instructors will guide you through exercises that teach core features for building your site and completing daily tasks and processes.

Two Boot Camps will be held on November 10-11 in New Orleans, LA. There will be a Study Abroad Boot Camp and an International Student & Scholar Boot Camp that includes training in the SEVIS Easy module.

Kerry Geffert
Product Evangelist, Terra Dotta

Brexit. There isn’t much that hasn’t yet been written about the potential impacts on higher education by the UK’s departure from the EU. Articles of gloom and doom are counterbalanced by those expressing hopeful positivity, but at this point, all are largely speculation. What is heartening is the general willingness to attempt to maintain the flow of students, faculty, staff and research between the UK and the EU.

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Heidi Stetts is a Client Support Specialist who started with Terra Dotta in April of 2015. She works with clients on implementation, support cases, and Terra Dotta administrator services. She also assists our development team with Quality Assurance testing.

Heidi was a Records Assistant followed by a Faculty Led Programs Assistant all within the Directorate of Study Abroad at Penn State.

She completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family studies and a minor in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Outside of work, Heidi likes photography, hiking, live music, painting, and sushi. One activity she has always wanted to do is to go backpacking for an extended amount of time along the Pacific Coast Trail or basically any mountain range in Europe.

Heidi says her favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is, “The helpfulness of my colleagues on the Support team. Everyone is always so willing to take time out of their day to help another team member if asked.”

Presenter: Monica Sharp

With the SEVIS Module, clients can submit batch requests to SEVIS to create and update records. This session will provide an overview and one end-to-end demonstration of batch functionality: 1 - how to initiate batch create requests and batch updates within Terra Dotta, 2 - the advisor role, and 3 - the SEVIS process to accept, complete, and return the batch updates to TDS.


4:00 PM EDT


Presenter: Jordan Bangs

What happens when something happens far from home? How can your Students or faculty alert administration to those unpredictable events? From injury to incidents TDS gives you the ability to stay informed and take action. Join us for this webinar as we look at incident reporting process. Building it, using it, and reporting on it.


4:00 PM EDT


Presenter: Abby Ward

Process Version Management (PVM) is one of the fundamental features of TDS and sounds more intimidating than it really is. Come learn about how PVM helps you get the right elements of your applications or registrations delivered to the right users at the right time. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how PVM is a TDS cornerstone and with some tips for developing your own plan for application cycle management.


11:00 AM EDT


Presenter: Aaron Rhoney

In this webinar, we will discuss how to implement and utilize the advising phase and advising applications to meet your office and user needs.


4:00 PM EDT


Click here for a list of all of our upcoming webinars.



Terra Dotta is looking for a qualified candidate with SEVIS experience working in an International Student & Scholar Services office to assist with software implementations and respond to software questions from clients. We are looking for a self-starter, who is able to establish a strong, positive rapport with staff at client institutions and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, growing business. The Client Support Specialist will provide training, answer questions, create documentation, resolve software problems, and work with developers to test and support new versions of TDS.

Learn more about this open position.

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Looking for co-presenters for a proposal for next year’s NAFSA Conference? Several Terra Dotta representatives – many of whom have on-campus work experience themselves - stand ready to collaborate with you on topics ranging from international student services to education abroad, using technology to mitigating risk, career development to managing an office, and more.

Contact who will connect you with the appropriate individual.

After the success of our inaugural Boot Camp workshop in Louisville, Terra Dotta will host additional Boot Camps in New Orleans in connection with the NAFSA Bi-Regional (III & VII).

Mark your calendar now for November 10-11.

These 1.5 day workshops are designed to help new staff, implementing clients, or individuals looking to break into the field of international education gain an understanding of Terra Dotta software (TDS). You receive access to your own Terra Dotta software site for 30 days to practice and train during and after completion of Boot Camp.

Learn more on our conference site conference site or contact with any questions.

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