Immigration support for International Students is offered through International Student Services in the Office of Student Development. Services are tailored to the individual student’s needs with emphasis on adjustment to the campus and surrounding area and academic success. International Student Services and support in immigration related matters include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinate the check in, orientation and registration for new student and returning international students.
- Explain the benefits and restrictions of F-1 visa status through immigration advising.
- Serve as a liaison for international students on campus and in the community.
- Advise international students on matter relating to their academic programs that may impact their F-1 status in the U.S.
- Provide information on authorized employment opportunities, including practical training.
- Aid in the securing of legal documents available to international students.
- Assist with outreach activities on campus and in the Lindsborg community.
- Work closely with students to assist in acculturation to campus life and American culture.
- Perform study abroad counseling to current Bethany College students and guide them through the process.
Charlotte (Jalkeus) Anderson, Bethany alumna of 1986, performs study abroad advising and is responsible for international student services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science from Karlstad University in Sweden. During her time at Karlstad, she came to Bethany to study internationally.
Prior to moving from Sweden to Lindsborg in 1990, Anderson was the information secretary for the Swedish Deaf Association and before that she worked at the Swedish National Radio. She started working at Bethany College in 2006 by teaching Swedish.
A Swedish citizen, Anderson has written several articles on Swedish and Swedish-American heritage, which have been published both in Sweden and in the U.S. She is active with cultural events in Lindsborg, many of them including folk dancing and fiddling. She is often seen around town in her authentic Swedish folk dress and frequently gives presentations on Swedish folk cultural topics. She and her husband Dean Anderson ‘76 have two bilingual, multi-cultural daughters.