New web portal supports international students

International students
A new portal supports Stanford’s international students.

A significant system enhancement project to improve the experience for Stanford’s international students and scholars is nearly complete.

The Bechtel International Center – and a team of partners – recently rolled out a modern, mobile responsive portal leveraging a new system to manage immigration.

Called Bechtel Connect, this new portal provides an easy to use interface, a streamlined workflow, and robust case management tools to monitor more precisely and communicate more readily with Stanford’s international community of 8,000 students and scholars.

For international students and scholars, the new solution offers the latest in technology to easily submit and track immigration requests, extension applications, change requests, and more.

For faculty, staff and departments who support international students and scholars, Bechtel Connect offers greater efficiency through superior service functionality, real time reports needed to maintain compliance with federal immigration regulations and an improved interface to intuitively accomplish tasks.

“We know our international students and scholars have endured a difficult year, and this is one small way we are trying to make it easier for them to arrive and thrive at Stanford in their studies, research and work,” said Shalini Bhutani, assistant vice provost and executive director for Bechtel International Center.

The new portal launched with the student module in March. Since then, more than 5,500 transactions have been processed with the new system. A module designed for international scholars, which includes visiting faculty and postdocs, will launch in August.

Read more on the Stanford news site.