May 17 Update:  The Office of International Students and Scholars will be operating remotely on Friday, May 17 in order to support the various commencement activities taking place that day on the uptown campus.

OISS Office Closure May 27-31: From May 27 to May 31, our office will be closed.  May 27, Tulane University is closed in observance of Memorial Day.  May 28- May 31, the entire OISS team will be attending the NAFSA Annual Conference.  As the most important annual event for international educators, this conference will provide our team with vital updates and ideas that will help us to better serve our international community. 

If you have any timely requests, such as an OPT, CPT, or Academic Training application or a program extension, please be sure to get complete application to your OISS advisor no later than Friday, May 17 to allow for 3 to 5 business days for processing.  If not, we may not be able to complete your request before the conference. 

During this time, we’ll be monitoring our email for true immigration emergencies, but please be sure to expect a delay in our response.  We’ll still be there if you really need us. 

Thank you for your cooperation,

The OISS Team

Frank Calabrese



Frank Calabrese is a Philadelphia native, and is thrilled to join the OISS team in New Orleans.

Frank began his career in higher-ed cultural programming and fund-raising before establishing his own immigration law practice, which he ran for 6 years.  Since 2014, he has worked in international education and he comes to Tulane after holding leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California.   As an immigration attorney by training, he brings a student- and scholar-centered focus with a priority on immigration, compliance, and efficiency. 

Frank holds an undergraduate degree in International Politics and Italian Studies, and a Master’s Degree in European Studies – Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration, both from New York University, and a law degree from Rutgers University.  He’s a member of NAFSA, AILA, and the Pennsylvania bar.