Springfield is the Illinois state capital and offers big city comforts with small town safety. By living in Springfield, IL, international students enjoy Midwestern friendliness and the community support of SHG. SHG offers a number of athletic teams, student groups, opportunities for social development and extracurricular activities to enhance the classroom academics and create a total student experience aimed at developing the whole person: to be who you are meant to be!

SHG International Students meet monthly and have quarterly social outings which in the past have included an escape room, Lunar New Year’s celebratory lunch at a local restaurant, and tours of Midwestern universities. SHG recognizes that the international experience is a unique one and is invested in building the community life of international students to support and celebrate them. At SHG, International Students have fun together!

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Meet International Student Coordinator, Mrs. Holly Blandford!

SHG is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school with multiple Designated School Officials (DSO) to facilitate student complicity with the I-20 Visa required by Homeland Security. Mrs. Blandford is the primary PDSO available throughout the international student experience at SHG responding to legal requirements for maintaining I-20 status for students and SEVP certification for SHG. Along with her duties as our Director of Student and Family Services, she is an active listener and constructive problem-solver for the SHG international student community.