Skyline College started the fall 2019 semester by welcoming over 80 new international students from 25 different countries. In an effort to ease the new students’ transition, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a three-day orientation from August 6-8th where the attendees received valuable information on the following topics: F-1 visa regulations, employment, cultural adjustment, safety and security, immigration laws, health insurance coverage and academic expectations.
The orientation also included the following activities: a student ambassadors’ panel, campus tour, raffle, placement testing and class registration. The new students were successfully guided through the registration process by the student ambassadors and were prepared for their first day at Skyline College on August 14th.
For many students, it is their first time away from home, so orientation is an opportunity to become acquainted with their new environment and to make new friends. The International Student Orientation is an important event that helps facilitate international students’ success and it wouldn’t be possible without the student ambassadors who helped to prepare and support the ISP team during this event. ISP will continue to provide services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community. The next ISP event will be the Welcome Bonfire on August 31, 2019 at Ocean Beach and everyone is invited to be a part of it!
Article by Clair Yeo-Sugajski | Photo by Ricardo Coronado