Laura Arcila Villa

International Student & Scholar Advisor

Job Responsibilities

Advises international students and scholars on immigration regulations, employment options, cultural adjustment issues, and academic success strategies. Serves as a Designated School Official for the F-1 student program of the Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer for the Department of State J-1 visa program. Develops outreach and program initiatives across campus and community to further support for CSU’s international population.


Bogotá, Colombia


B.A. Psychology, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Ph.D. Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
M.A. Religion, Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN
M.Ed. Education (Social Foundations), State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

International Experience

First international experiences include traveling to Venezuela for a family vacation when I was in first grade and spending lots of time playing with students from Japan and the US in elementary school. Most impactful international experiences include being an international student in the US and teaching philosophy at different colleges before becoming an international student advisor at CSU.

Favorite Aspect of CSU

I love the old oak trees around the Oval, the mountains West of our beautiful campus in the heart of Fort Collins, and the opportunity to partake with people from all over the state, the country, and the world.