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The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles is approaching. We have a full schedule of special presentations planned - add them to your calendar today with a simple click.

Discover how Terra Dotta software can save you time and increase productivity with a quick visit to our booth (#1603) right inside the Expo entrance.

  • Discover AlertTraveler, a new app for iOS and Android linked to
    your Terra Dotta software, provides services for the informed traveler
    - country and city intelligence, safety and security alerts, and an
    instant check-in option.
  • Learn how to best manage your Study Abroad programs and application processes.
  • See firsthand how Terra Dotta’s software manages daily ISSS processes and makes SEVIS reporting much simpler.

Stop by booth 1603 for your chance to win an iPad Pro. All of the Dottans attending look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles. Let us show you how Terra Dotta software can make a difference in your office.

We are sponsoring a pre-conference one-day seminar prior to the full NAFSA conference. Regulatory Compliance for Education Abroad Risk Management: A NAFSA and URMIA Seminar is designed for pairs of risk management and education abroad professionals to attend together. Register today.


Terra Dotta's Professional Services team exists to help clients get the most from their investment in Terra Dotta software. Offerings range from administrative services like training, consulting, and helping with managing the software, to technical services like credit card integrations, custom reports, and hosting services.

This group is made up of experienced Terra Dotta support specialists who are trained in best practices. Clients interested in exploring professional services can visit our website and contact to get started.

With so many Terra Dotta clients attending NAFSA this year, we are bringing our Professional Services experts to answer your questions. Email if you want to arrange a meeting while in Los Angeles.


Kerry Geffert
Product Evangeleist, Terra Dotta

I feel fortunate for having begun in international education when I did. As I look back, it seems that I entered at a time well after the leadership of the field’s early pioneers, but those to whom I looked up had been trained by those pioneers. Except for perhaps SIETAR, about the only game in town for professional development was with NAFSA, which at that point stood for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. The number of organizations has expanded, but THE international education organization remains NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Terra Dotta found its first audience at the NAFSA Annual Conference in San Antonio in 2002. Two years later, that same small organization – then known as StudioAbroad – began an ongoing relationship with NAFSA in the annual EXPO Hall. To this day, Terra Dotta holds the international education professional organizations in high regard, as it does the experience of those professionals within the field. Last year, our Terra Dotta family represented over 175 years of service at more than 20 universities and study abroad organizations. Since then, we have added more staff, bringing our total years closer to two centuries of service – in an organization that celebrated its 15th anniversary a few months ago.

Read the full article >

Eric Schachinger joined the Terra Dotta family as a Computer Support Specialist in December of 2015. His responsibilities consist of taking support requests and assisting staff with all software and hardware problems, researching and purchasing IT equipment and software, and managing office maintenance needs for various contract projects. Before he worked with Terra Dotta he held various positions, such as an IT consultant, a Systems Administrator, an IT Specialist, an IT Manager, and a chef and restaurant manager!

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, with a concentration in Technology Management from Strayer University in 2013.

Outside of work, Eric enjoys cooking and baking with his wife. They make sculpted cakes, like the ones seen on Cake Boss! His dream is to travel to Europe, especially Austria and Hungary, where his grandparents are from.

Eric says his favorite aspect of working for Terra Dotta is "The people. Everyone has always been so nice and willing to help one another. You don’t see that very often anymore."


Presenter: Monica Sharp

See what actions you can quickly complete on behalf of a single F/M student or groups of F/M students in the Activities page of the SEVIS Module. We’ll cover Create Student, Generate Initial I-20s, and Generate Registration Records, tracing the business process from start to finish.

MAY 16

11:00 AM EDT


Presenter: Andres Sarmiento

Now that the software has responsive design, what does this mean exactly? What can I do with it and how will it benefit my site? In this webinar, we will go through the basics of what responsive design means and how it will impact your site's appearance when enabled. We will go through the common tips on how to adjust current content or create new content and make sure it looks and responds well across different devices to make the overall experience for your applicants a great looking and functional visit.

MAY 17

4:00 PM EDT


Presenter: Rosie Beam

Every application is comprised of process elements in the system. These building blocks can make or break your application. It is important to know what you can and cannot do with each type of process element. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create and deploy process elements. We will also show you how to utilize the resources of the Terra Dotta Community Library to save you from duplicating time and effort on your site.

MAY 31

4:00 PM EDT


Click here for a list of all upcoming webinars.


Terra Dotta is proud to be a NAFSA 2017 sponsor. If you will be a first time attendee of the NAFSA annual conference, you can save 20% on conference registration. Simply use the discount code TERRA17 when registering online at


  • Claremont McKenna College
    - Study Abroad
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
    - Study Abroad
  • Roger Williams University
    - Study Abroad
  • University of South Carolina
    Upstate - Study Abroad

Look for us at these upcoming conferences.

NAFSA in Los Angeles, CA
May 28 – June 2

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NAFSA Kentucky State Meeting in Campbellsville, KY
June 26

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Forum Standards of Good Practice
in Austin, TX

June 22

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IEAA Mobility Forum in Brisbane, AUS
August 9–10

Visit site >


Between printed and online materials, it can be daunting to keep up with the professional literature. Let us help you. Each month we will list several online articles that we hope you will find interesting.

Find an article that you believe others will want to read? Send the link to

Trending Topics Survey: International Applicants for Fall 2017- Institutional & Applicant Perceptions

The Evolving Visa and Border Regime
From Inside Higher Ed

UK Strategy for Outward Student Mobility 2017-2020
From Universities UK International

U.S. Universities Fear Losing International Students
From Governing

Brexit concerns waning among prospective students, survey suggests
From The PIE News

Revolutions ahead in international student mobility
From University World News


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