ALI Student Advising

Types of Advisors

ALI students have two advisors at UMKC: an ALI Academic Advisor and an International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) Advisor. Each of these advisors can help you with different things.

Reasons to talk to your ALI Advisor:

Chelsey Butts

  • Registration and Enrollment
  • Tutoring
  • Signature for I-20/DS-2019 extension (you must provide ISAO’s completed extension form)

Adam Shoemaker:

  • Grades
  • Concerns about your teacher or class
  • Cultural questions
  • Study strategies

Reasons to talk to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO):

  • Immigration check-in
  • Visa/I-20 or DS-2019 questions
  • Changes in your contact information (phone number, address, etc.)
  • Signature so you can travel outside the US
  • Get the I-20/DS-2019 extension form and submit it
  • Questions about Health Insurance
  • FTE form (to reduce the number of classes you take in a semester)

When can I meet with my advisor?

Most of the time, you will need to make an appointment, even if the matter is urgent. The only time you can see an ALI Advisor without an appointment is during walk-in hours.

ALI Advising Hours

Currently, students can meet with the ALI Academic Advisor by appointment only.

To make an appointment with the ALI Academic Advisor, please email

ISAO Advising Hours

At this time, students can meet with an ISAO Advisor by appointment only.

To make an appointment with an advisor at ISAO, please call 816-235-1113.