Several years ago, Priyanga (Pri) immigrated to the United States from Nepal, so she personally understands the international student experience. As director of the Office of International Programs, Pri is passionate about representing and advocating for international students on campus. She is excited to meet students from all over the world and learn about their unique cultures.
How I Help Students at A&M-Commerce?
I strive to offer individualized advice to each student who walks into our office. I approach each student's issue with care and understanding. No immigration situation is the same, and each student needs tailored guidance to meet their needs. My top priority is to ensure that our international population is well represented and advocated for on campus. The Office of International Programs emphasizes quality service and care while creating pathways of opportunity for our international and domestic students, and I am excited to lead this charge! I am willing and able to work with anyone who wants to be a part of our international Lion family.
A Conversation with Pri
Tell us about your career journey.
Ten years ago, I began my career in the Office of International Programs at A&M-Commerce. In that role, I established myself as a trustworthy mentor for the international student community. I have a deep passion for international learners because I immigrated to the United States from Nepal. In Spring 2021, I accepted the position of director of International Programs. I am dedicated to providing the best academic, professional and social experience for visiting students.
What do you like most about your role here at A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce serves a diverse and robust student population. We have students from many countries all over the world. Working with these students and learning about their unique cultures and ideas is a very exciting experience. I am passionate about inspiring and guiding tomorrow's world leaders!
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce is a state leader in quality education and academic instruction. We proudly offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in several fields, including STEM, healthcare, and education. Class sizes are usually small, allowing for in-depth discussions and professional relationships with professors. We also have wonderful professors who are invested in students' educational goals and growth.
Tell us about your family!
I am the mother of one child, and I'm happily married to my college sweetheart. I am also a doctoral candidate with a focus in adult education, social innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of Incarnate Word.
Note: Due to the reconstruction efforts in the Ferguson building, the Office of International Programs has been relocated to the 1st floor of the library, room 156. Our office welcomes students to arrange in-person or Zoom appointments with us by emailing [email protected].
- Ph.D., Adult Education Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of the Incarnate Word, pending 2024
- Master of Business Administration—International concentration, University of the Incarnate Word, 2017
- Bachelor of Arts, Integrated Studies—Business Management, Psychology and Political Science. Minor in Legal Studies in Business, University of North Texas, 2014
Awards and Honors
- Rising Professional Award, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas A&M University-Commerce welcomes a new Director for the Office of International Programs, and she couldn’t be more excited to return to the campus that she previously called home. Priyangana Risal will assume the directorship effective May 1. She comes to A&M-Commerce having most recently served as the assistant director and Designated School Official (DSO) […]