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International Academic Counseling

Welcome to the Office of International Student Services at Cerritos College. Our International Academic Counselors are here to help you reach your academic and professional goals! They provide comprehensive counseling services including: academic, career, vocational, transfer, and personal counseling. Our counselors are knowledgeable on immigration regulations and will help you stay in status every semester until you reach your educational goal. Please take a moment to get familiar with our general education patterns, the majors and certificates that we offer, and our college catalog by following the links below. Schedule an appointment to see an International Academic Counselor to create your educational plan!  


Joanna Alvarado

My name is Joanna Alvarado. I received my Bachelor’s Degree  in Psychology from California State University-Los Angeles in 2012 and I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in 2015.

Cerritos College has been like a home to me since I first became a student in 2007. Since then, I have worked in several departments on campus as a student worker, my experience led me to a position in the CalWORKs Program as a Special Populations Coordinator in 2014, and two years after I became a CalWORKs Counselor. As a CalWORKs Counselor, I became passionate about student involvement, scholarships, and student support services.

Now, I have the opportunity to also work as a Counselor with students in the Office of International Student Services (OISS). Cerritos College has various resources on campus that facilitate the college experience, I am thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for higher education! I look forward to working with my students in accomplishing their educational goals!

For Online or Phone Appointments, Call (562) 860-2451 ext.2133








Please call the Office of International Student Services to make an appointment with an International Academic Counselor. We strongly encourage our international students to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and make sure to sign-in at the front desk.

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