International Programs / International Admission

Meet the Admission staff





   


Dino Pruccoli Name: Dino Pruccoli
Title: Director
Email: dpruccol@depaul.edu
Phone: 312.362.5620
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
College Degrees:
-BA in International Area Studies from Michigan State University- East Lansing, MI
-MS in Marketing Communications from Illinois Institute of Technology- Chicago, IL

My recruitment areas: Europe, Africa and the Middle East

What has been the most rewarding part of working in international admission at DePaul University?
I know that students are nervous about applying to universities in the US. It's a different system with many moving parts. I enjoy helping students navigate the application process by improving internal processes and communication to quickly inform students of their admission status.

What piece of advice would you give an international student who is beginning the university search process?
When developing your list of universities to consider, remember the best university is the one that meets your academic, social and personal needs and interests. I think the most important criteria include quality of academic programs, location, costs and campus culture. This will help make editing your list to a manageable number of applications so you can continue to concentrate on your academic work.

What is your favorite thing about living in the city of Chicago?
Public Transportation! I don't have a car and love riding the bus or a train. It's environmentally friendly, affordable and makes going places a little more exciting. Most buses and trains that I use run 24 hours a day.

If an international student is curious but unsure about attending college in a city as large as Chicago, what would you tell them?
Explore Chicago's 77 distinct community areas and diverse neighborhoods and find the one that fits you best. Other than attending class, doing homework and possibility work or internship, you're going to be spending most of your time in your neighborhood. Make sure you like it and feel comfortable living there.



   Antonia Creteanu

Name: Antonia Creteanu
Title: Associate Director, International Admission
Email: rcretean@depaul.edu
Phone: 312.362.6542
Hometown: Constanta, Romania
College Degrees:
-BA in Translation from University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
-MA in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, Chicago, IL

My recruitment areas: The Americas

What has been the most rewarding part of working in international admission at DePaul University?
Sharing my experience as a former international student to smooth out the path for the newly applying and enrolling international students.

What piece of advice would you give an international student who is beginning the university search process?
Three pieces of advice:
1. Start the search and application process early! You will get the best of everything (scholarships, orientation, housing, registration, etc.)
2. No two schools are alike! Do your homework about each school you are interested in, because majors, selectivity, application requirements, deadlines, tuition, scholarship processes, can be very different from school to school.
3. Go for the right fit! Just because a certain school is highly regarded does not necessarily mean it is a good fit for you. Make sure that you understand and like the geographical location.

What is your favorite thing about living in the city of Chicago?
First and foremost, the diversity. Chicago is a mini-universe - you can drive for half an hour and be in a different country altogether. This also means great food, great street festivals, great music, great fun all though the year. Secondly, Chicago is one of the most friendly big cities I have ever encountered - people are genuinely friendly, respectful, and helpful.

If an international student is curious but unsure about attending college in a city as large as Chicago, what would you tell them?
A big city like Chicago comes with a lot of perks: a big university network, great arts, sports, and entertainment, great opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation. Everybody has heard of Chicago - that means great name recognition wherever life takes you after graduation!




   Yuri Tam

Name: Yuri Tam
Title: Recruiter, International Admission
Email: jtam2@depaul.edu
Phone: 312.362.6521
Hometown: Dalian, China
College Degrees:
-BS in Computer Science from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Dalian, China
-MBA from Peking University, Beijing, China
-MS in Finance from Fordham University, New York City, NY
-MS in Human Resources from DePaul University, Chicago, IL


My recruitment areas: Asia and Oceania
What has been the most rewarding part of working in international admission at DePaul University?
Helping applicants and students is the most rewarding part of my work. When international applicants are confused and frustrated with the application process, they turn to me for help. I have the opportunity to guide them step by step through the process, to witness their progress, and finally, to meet them at DePaul after they are admitted. This entire process as a whole is extremely rewarding and enjoyable.

What piece of advice would you give an international student who is beginning the university search process?
Location is a very important factor that you should consider while researching universities in the US. Because a lot of international students have never been to the US before applying, they tend to focus on rankings and majors (which are absolutely important), but often forget to consider how a school's location can impact the college student experience as a whole. Know what kind of lifestyle you want for your 4 years of college education, and choose a location where you see yourself being happy!

What is your favorite thing about living in the city of Chicago?
Art! The Art Institute of Chicago, which is located just a few blocks away from the DePaul loop campus, is my favorite place here. After an intense morning class, you can walk over to the art museum with your classmates, relax, and enjoy many famous pieces of art.

If an international student is curious but unsure about attending college in a city as large as Chicago, what would you tell them?
Although situated in a large city, DePaul is a very close-knit community and a great place to make new friends and adjust to life in the US. Additionally, Chicago city itself is a classroom full of opportunities and resources to help further your education and career endeavors. As a major financial center in the US, you can meet people from all over the world and seamlessly connect with recruiters and business owners from every industry. Sounds interesting and exciting? Register for Chicago 101!




Karen Mark - Data/Document Manager
  • Karen earned her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Management from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
  • The Data/Document Manager coordinates all international undergraduate files from time of application to when they are ready to be reviewed by Dino, Antonia and Yuri.