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International Student Alumni Association (ISAA)

International Student Alumni Association (ISAA)



Welcome to the virtual home of the International Student Alumni Association.

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About the International Student Alumni Association (ISAA)

The mission of ISAA is to foster relationships, organize international student networks, and support alumni initiatives. 

ISAA serves as the official platform for DePauw's international student & alumni engagement. ISAA believes in DePauw's unique proposition to provide for its international community and complements DePauw's mission to "develop leaders the world needs through an uncommon commitment to the liberal arts." ISAA aims to foster student-alumni relationships and create DePauw's largest international alumni network and diversify DePauw's international recruitment platform.

ISAA students grouped togetherThe International Student Alumni Association is an alumni-led initiative with a three-tiered vision:

  • Students. ISAA provides international students at DePauw with the network, resources, and platform to elevate their goals, aspirations, and skills as they prepare to enter the world after DePauw.

  • Alumni. ISAA engages international alumni with students, events, and campus traditions to help channel their DePauw spirit and give back to their alma mater.

  • Community. ISAA strives to foster a healthy ecosystem for all community stakeholders benefiting from this initiative. ISAA's multi-faceted manifesto is constantly evolving with active participation from students, alumni, and DePauw administration.

International Student Alumni Association (ISAA) Executive Team


Abhishek Sambatur, Founder & President

Abhishek SambaturHailing from Hyderabad, India, Abhishek Sambatur is a Class of 2019 DePauw alumnus and graduated summa cum laude with a major in economics and minors in computer science and philosophy. During his time at DePauw, Abhishek was actively involved in the international student community by serving as an international student ambassador for three years and spearheading several cultural, academic, and professional events for international students. In conjunction with his passion for the international community, he was actively involved in several leadership roles namely: The Presidential Ambassadors, VP of the Investment Group, Senator in the DePauw Student Government, and the Interfaith Council.

LinkedInAbhishek currently works full-time in the Indianapolis headquarters of BCforward as a Jr. Data Analyst. Abhishek founded the ISAA in the Fall of 2019 by creating a team of alumni, students, and DePauw staff to formalize the vast international student network, officially engage international alumni, and further the educational and communal goals of the international community at DePauw.


Yuka Kitajima, VP of Strategic Initiatives

Yuka KitijamaYuka Kitajima is an Honor Scholar of the Class of 2017 with a Peace and Conflict Studies major. While at DePauw, she dedicated herself to creating holistic support for international students through bridging multiple stakeholders across campus, which was later recognized in the I. Nelle Barnhart Award.

LinkedInCurrently, Yuka serves in multiple roles with hopes to help students cultivate self-determination and social awareness. To name a few, Yuka is a Learning Designer at TAKTOPIA & Co., a Tokyo-based education start-up; a Program Manager of Global Leadership Academy at iLEAP, a Seattle-based social purpose corporation; and a Research Analyst, a Kyoto-based non-profit think tank.


Area Guede Ramos, Senior Student Delegate

Area Guide RamosArea Guede Ramos is currently a junior at DePauw studying English Writing and Religious Studies. She has served as co-president of the International Student Association, poetry editor for A Midwestern Review, an intern at the Compton Center for Peace and Justice, First-Year Mentor and Teaching Assistant at the Summer English Immersion Institute.

LinkedInShe is currently working with Belladonna*, Poets House, and Roof Books in New York City.

International Student Information (Admission CDI redirect)

International Admission

DePauw University is proud of its commitment to campus internationalization. We have a long history of welcoming international students to study on our campus and we are recognized as a national leader for the percentage of our students who study abroad. We invite alumni to explore this page for additional information on what the current international admission process looks like at DePauw.

International Student Services

The International Student Services (ISS) office assists international students with pre-arrival preparations, immigration, orientation, academic and cultural adjustment, housing during break periods, employment requirements, and more. We provide opportunities for international and domestic students to build relationships, connect with faculty, staff and alumni, share their cultures, and take advantage of the amazing opportunities available at DePauw. We invite alumni to explore and learn more about the work of ISS as part of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

International Student Alumni Association (ISAA) Virtual Events

Please enjoy recordings of recent ISAA virtual events, available below. Check back for additional events and information on how you can take part.

International Student ALumni Association | Alumni Speaker Series

ISAA October Event Flyer
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ISAA leadership and alumnus Boyu Meng
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International Student Alumni Association | Virtual Event Archive

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International Chapters | ISAA

The ISAA has international chapters across the world to support DePauw's recruitment activities. You can learn more about the alumni leaders involved in these chapters and other volunteer initiatives below. As we continue to grow, please check back for more details. Are you interested in taking on a leadership role? Email us!


Kohei Hayashi '12 | Japan

HayashiKohei is a graduate of DePauw Class of 2012 with a conflict studies major. He was born in Japan and spent 12 years in China before going off to DePauw.

During his time at DePauw, he was involved as a member of ISA and Asia club and helped students who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

After graduation, Kohei worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Corporate Sales & served as a FI Relationship Manager / Transaction Sales Officer for a total of 6 years. Kohei is currently working at Bank of America's Tokyo Branch as a Transaction Banking Officer

Hassan Mehdi '18 | Pakistan

MehdiHassan Mehdi graduated with an Economics and Pre – Engineering major, along with a minor in Finance and Accounting. During his time at DePauw, he was involved with multiple organizations and was president of the Muslim Student Association. He is also an Alumnus of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

After graduation, he started working with the Packages Group, one of Pakistan’s largest conglomerates. He is currently working as the Area Sales Manager for a joint venture between S.C. Johnson & Sons and Packages Limited before which he worked as a Financial Analyst for the Packages Group.

Aashray Patel '14 | India

PatelAashray Patel is an MBA graduate from the Indian School of Business ('20) and majored in Economics at DePauw ('14). He was a part of the Management Fellows Program at DePauw.

Aashray has 6 years of work experience across Marketing, Technology, and Financial Services. He is currently working at Media.net in Mumbai, handling Product Marketing for their Apps and Downloadables business. 

Aashray's interests include News Junkie, Ultimate Frisbee, and Manchester United.