Florida Welcomes New Academic Advisor, International Student Specialist

Michael Sawney

Northwood University Florida is pleased to welcome Michael Sawney as Academic Advisor and International Student Specialist.

In his new role, Sawney will advise students, faculty, and administrators relating to the many scholastic opportunities available to international students. In addition, he will guide them as to the requirements set forth by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Customs Enforcement (USICE) in relation to Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and more.

Contributing experience from a diverse background, Sawney has devoted much of his career toward academic advising, student retention, program development, and the management, design and marketing of graduate and undergraduate programs to local and international schools, business, service organizations and individuals. In addition, he has provided therapeutic and educational counseling to students, families and groups, while serving as a Program Director in the education department at a substance abuse prevention coalition. He has also served on many local advisory boards and was the youngest member of the Governing Board of Directors of a regional social services agency.

A life-long learner, Sawney earned his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Barry University, and his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor of Art (BA) degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. He has attended and participated in numerous workshops, panel discussions, conferences and conventions on international education and student advising, admissions, registration and programing. He has also received continuing education credits from The Hanley Center. 


ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.