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Meet our International Student Services Team

ARSLAN MAHMOOD

Manager, International Student Services

In 1998, Arslan joined Seneca College as an international student to complete a Post-Graduate certificate in Marketing Management. In 2002, he joined Seneca College as an employee and is currently working as the Manager of International Services. Arslan has more than 13 years of working experience with international admissions, student recruitment and providing services to international students. In 2011, he completed his Master’s degree in Leadership from University of Guelph-Canada. Arslan is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi.

Arslan manages a team of highly professional and experienced staff to deliver services to international students, including airport pickups, housing, orientation, trips and extra-curricular activities, medical insurance, visa and student advising. He is also very familiar with developing transition programs and services for international students.

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MICHAEL FERDINAND

Academic Advisor

Michael has been working at Seneca College for 13 years as a Counselor in International Student Services. He provides support to international students on a variety of academic, personal and immigration matters and advises various College constituents particularly on immigration matters. He also assists the International Advising team on the design and implementation of different educational and research initiatives.

Michael joined Seneca after having gained administrative experience in the International Development departments at 2 colleges, having worked for Canada Employment and Immigration Commission in program delivery, and as a commercial pilot in the aviation sector. Michael obtained his B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1982.  He is TESL Ontario and internationally certified, as well as a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant and has studied numerous flight training programs.

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OLEG (ALEX) LEGUSOV

International Student Advisor

Alex has been working at Seneca for more than 16 years, holding a variety of positions. In his current role as International Student Advisor, Alex provides support related to academic, financial and immigration matters to the College’s ever-increasing numbers of international students. He also designs and implements various educational initiatives and conducts research on international education.

Alex obtained a B.A. in Economics from McGill University and an M.Ed. from Nipissing University, having completed a research project that involved identifying Ontario community college students at risk of academic failure. He is working on his Ph.D. in the Higher Education/CIDE collaborative program at the University of Toronto. His main area of academic interest is the internationalization of college education. In addition to speaking English and Russian fluently, he has a working knowledge of French and basic Mandarin skills.

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SERGIO VAZQUEZ

International Student Services Coordinator

Sergio has been working as a Student Service Coordinator in Seneca’s International Student Services department since August 1997. He is responsible for organizing and scheduling weekly activities for International students, housing and airport logistics. He manages a team of 20 student ambassadors and oversees the maintenance of Seneca minivans and two minibuses.

Sergio studied International Business at Seneca, and before obtaining his position as Student Service Coordinator, he worked in Data Card systems, where he gained extensive knowledge in customer services. Sergio speaks English, Spanish, basic French and basic Mandarin.

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STAN WHITE

International Student Services Coordinator

Stan has been working at Seneca for more than 33 years, holding the position of Student Service Coordinator in the International Student Services department since February 2000. He is responsible for organizing and scheduling students’ accommodation, transfers, airport pick-up, and the purchase, maintenance and licensing of vehicles used by the International Department. He also hires and trains part-time staff, and assists in setting up the itineraries for delegations, special groups and ELI Summer programs.

Stan is a Seneca alumni and has a certificate in Project Management. Stan is an active member not only of the Seneca community, but also of the Toronto community. He sits on the Residence Advisory Committee, Welcome to Toronto Committee & the Housing Network and Settlement Services Committee.

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TALITA ROVARON GAVRILESCU

International Student Coordinator

Talita has been working at Seneca since September 2007. She first joined the International Student Services team as an International Student Activities Assistant and has worked in several different positions in the College since then. Talita currently holds the position of International Student Coordinator in the International Student Centre where she mainly coordinates the International Student Medical Plan and assists with all health insurance related inquiries.

Talita is a Seneca alumni, having graduated from the Esthetician Diploma program. She was on the President’s Honour List and received Seneca’s Leadership Award and Outstanding Recreation Council Contribution. Furthermore, Talita was chosen as the Valedictorian for the Faculty of Business and Commerce in the Convocation of June 2009.  In addition to her Seneca Diploma, Talita also received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Brazil, and have completed her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from York University in December 2016.

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SARAH TAN-SESE

International Student Coordinator

Sarah has been working at Seneca since 1993. She started out in the International Admissions Office and has been working as an International Student Coordinator in International Student Services since 2000. Sarah deals with training volunteers and hiring international student ambassadors for Orientation and the information desk. She is responsible for the orientation of ELI students, which takes place every seven weeks, and for post-graduate students at Markham and Newnham campuses. In addition, she oversees letter requests for Newnham, Markham and King Campuses.

Sarah is a Seneca alumni, having graduated from the Human Resources Management program with Honours. She became the Student Advisor for the School of Business Management in 2012, and also participated on the i3 –Admissions Team. In 2014, Sarah transferred to the CRM department as the CRM system coordinator. She returned to International Student Services in August 2015.

In addition to her Seneca diploma, Sarah also has a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Trent University. Sarah speaks English and Tagalog.

GINA LOMBARDI

International Agency Coordinator

Gina has been working at Seneca for more than 20 years. She first started as an International Admissions Advisor, and then joined the International Student Development team as the Agency Coordinator. Gina acts as a first-point-of-contact for agents from all over the world. She assists agents, provides admission advisement and works collaboratively with the offices of International Admissions, Registration and International Student Development.  Gina’s role as an advocate for international students via their agents allows Seneca to keep and enrich their agent partnerships.

GUILLERMO BANUELOS

International Student Coordinator (Seneca@York)

Guillermo joined Seneca in 2003 and has worked as a Coordinator at the Seneca@York campus for the past four years. He is largely responsible for the delivery of documentation required for international students to extend their study permits, renew temporary resident visas, or travel abroad. With the support of enthusiastic Student Ambassadors, the office delivers information and helps students resolve issues related to medical insurance claims, provides invitation letters, and organizes fun extracurricular activities such as trips, outings and movie nights for students.

The International Student Services office also offers immigration advice once a week to Seneca students through the College’s licensed immigration advisor, and refers students in need of special attention for specific issues to the appropriate departments for further follow-up.