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International Student Services Staff

Elyas Abubakr

Primary Designated School Official

Elyas oversees international visa and student immigration policies/procedures, especially providing services and programs for current and alumni F-1 international students.

He has been an active member of the international education community since 2008 and formerly served as a DSO and advisor for international students at the University of Maryland and American University. Elyas has a strong background in international student advising and F-1 immigration compliance, and looks forward to engaging with Hood’s international students—both undergraduate and graduate. While Elyas is part of the Graduate School staff, he is the primary contact for all visa questions, regardless of student year/status.

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