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International Student Services

Meet Our Staff

Lauren Smith

Title: Director
International Student Services
Phone: 803-777-7461


M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina,  2014
B.A. in English & History, University of South Carolina, 2011

As ISS Director, Lauren develops, oversees, and advocates for ISS services and staff for the purpose of promoting a professional, competent, inspiring, and kind workplace. 

Originally from the state of Tennessee, Lauren has worked at ISS since 2012 and has served in various roles. Her background is primarily in immigration compliance advising but also has healthy doses of cultural programming and other international education experiences. A lifelong lover of culture and travel, Lauren is passionate about her work at ISS. She is dedicated to serving international students and to helping them succeed during their time at the University of South Carolina and beyond. Her pivotal international experiences include her time spent studying abroad in Chengdu, China, where she fell in love with the spicy food and laid back culture, as well as her time interning at Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden, where she enjoyed the beautiful Swedish landscape and sightseeing in the great European capitals. Lauren has also spent time in Oman, where she experienced the famed Arab hospitality and saw incredible architecture.

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