International Recruitment and Services



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Information for Prospective Students, Current Students & Visiting Scholars

Webster University recognizes the important contribution international students and scholars make to the University and surrounding communities. Our staff is therefore, dedicated to supporting your endeavors.

Although our dedicated staff is here to help you, we encourage you to read and use the information provided on this website as a resource to answer many of your questions. On this page you will find the following: 

About Us

International Recruitment and International Services is responsible for the following:

  • Assisting prospective international students with the application and admissions process, visa application process and arrival procedure.
  • Providing information to departments or campuses that want to bring visiting scholars (i.e. professors, short-term scholars, teaching  assistants, and research scholars) to their campuses and handling the immigration related aspects of the process.
  • Conducting immigration orientation, immigration workshops, and immigration check-in.
  • Issuing immigration documents to international students and scholars.
  • Advising students and scholars with respect to immigration, visa, work permission and personal matters.
  • Ensuring that international students, scholars and Webster University are in compliance with federal regulations pertaining to nonimmigrants.
  • Serving as the liaison between the university, the students and the scholars with several federal agencies.


The mission of International Recruitment and International Services (IRIS) is to support and enhance the vision, mission and values of the Webster University by promoting partnerships with faculty and staff to recruit and retain students seeking an inclusiveness, global learning experience and academic excellence.


Calvin Smith

Director International Recruitment and International Services
Phone: +1-314-246-7138
Primary Responsibilities: Directing the recruitment and admission of international students; admitting graduate international students; answering questions about graduate international students' admission process, procedure and admission status. All questions about graduate international student admission should be directed to Mr. Calvin Smith.

Blerina Polovina

Associate Director for International Services                                                                                                           Phone: +1-314-246-7860                                                                                                                                         Email:                                                                                                                               Primary Responsibilities: Serves as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Office (RO). Contact person for  F-1 and J-1 students and scholars immigration compliance. Extended campuses contact person regarding international student admission policies and procedures. Works with students who want to either come to study in United States from one of our international campuses. Working with prospective, international undergraduate freshman students.


Janka Ribando 

International Coordinator, International Recruitment and International Services
Phone: + 1-314-246-7001
Primary Responsibilities: Working with prospective international undergraduate adult freshmen ( first-year students) and undergraduate transfer students. Also serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 visa students & their dependents and an Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) for J-1 visa students, scholars & their dependents. Admission questions from transfer and adult-first year students should be directed to Ms. Janka Ribando. Immigration and visa questions can also be directed to her.


Maggie Dankert

International Credential Specialist, International Recruitment and International Services
Phone: + 1-314-246-6964
Primary Responsibilities: Evaluating international credential to determine if they meet admission requirements at Webster University. Questions about accreditation, transfer credits or foreign transcripts should be directed to Ms. Maggie Dankert.


Contact Us

Main Contact Information

Office of Admission 
International Recruitment & International Services 
470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119, U.S.A.

Telephone: + 1-314-246-7800
Fax: +1-314-246-7122

Postal Mailing Address 

Webster University - Office of Admission
Attn: International Recruitment & International Services
470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119, U.S.A.

Office Location 

Welcome Center
Webster Hall, First Floor, Room 130
470 East Lockwood Avenue

Office Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Courier Services (DHL,UPS, FedEx etc.)  

Webster University - Office of Admission
Attn: International Recruitment & International Services
40 North Rock Hill Road
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119, U.S.A.

Office Procedure


Please schedule an appointment at least 3-5 business days before your intended visit if you need more than 15 minutes meeting with our staff; otherwise come during walk-in hours indicated below. International Recruitment & International Services typically does not schedule same-day appointments. Please remember that, if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment for another day.

Current Students: If you are a current student you may email or call the individual staff directly to schedule an appointment. Please refer to “Staff” section above to locate the individual staff member who may answer your specific questions and his or her contact information.

Prospective Students: If you are a prospective student, please make an appointment online at Campus Visit.  If you wish to visit another Webster campus, contact that campus directly. 

Walk-in Hours

  • Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  1:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.
  • If you cannot attend the Open Hours, please fill out the Online Request.  

Current Students: Walk-ins are supposed to take about 15 minutes. During this time an appointment is not needed. If you have an issue that you believe will take more than 15 minutes to discuss, please send an email to one of the International advisors to schedule an appointment on a separate day. Walk-ins at other time will not be accepted.

Document pick-up and Delivery: If you requested  a letter online from the International Recruitment & International Services website, the letter will be sent to you via the method you selected when filling the form.  You will need to present your Webster Student ID card when picking up your document (s) from International Recruitment & International Services.