The International Student Program at Skyline College held its first in-person section for Counseling 101: Preparation for College for International Students. The course is designed to support new international students in their transition to US college life by giving a brief overview of the US higher education system, discussing their career/academic goals and aspirations for studying in the US, and hosting community-building activities.

The two-day class saw its first session with 30+ students enrolled and was taught by ISP Academic Counselor and course instructor Carlos Romero.

The class saw an interactive presentation from the Equity Institute’s Interim Manager, Allen Ocampo, on the importance of equity and intergroup dialogue, where students enjoyed being vulnerable with one another about their unique experiences.

The class was also introduced to ISP’s new collaboration with Skyline College’s Health and Wellness Services, with Personal Counselor, Tessa Kwan, hosting an interactive presentation on the importance of self-care and mental help.

This course is an excellent way for new international students to make friends, strengthen bonds with ISP staff, and build their support network at Skyline College. ISP continues to provide programs and services for the international students they serve and the Skyline Community at large. The second section for COUN 101 began on September 9th, with 20+ students enrolled.

The International Student Program is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. If you wish to learn more about ISP, don’t hesitate to contact the ISP Office at

Article and Photo by Sirreck Brown

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