orientationSkyline College welcomed 77 new international students from 30 countries at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. In an effort to ease the new students’ transition to Skyline College, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted multiple orientations. 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 Global Learning Programs and Services division and the Counseling division provided informative sessions to help new students adjust to campus life and benefit from the support services available at Skyline College. The three-day orientation included the following activities: International Student Club panel, campus tour, counseling presentation, International Student Club reception, placement testing, and class registration. In addition, new international students were able to socialize with their peers and student ambassadors during the fall 2018 welcome party on August 28.

For many students, it is their first time away from home, so orientation is an opportunity to become acquainted with their new environment. The International Student Orientation is an essential event for international students’ success, and it would not have been possible without the assistance of the volunteers who helped to prepare for and worked during the event itself. ISP will continue to provide services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community.

Article and Photo by Wissem Bennani

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