On November 17, 2017, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a trip to Stanford University for a customized campus tour. The event was part of the International Education Week (IEW) which was celebrated during the same week. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to highlight the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. The tour was offered exclusively to Skyline College international students.

A total of 26 international students currently studying at Skyline College participated in the tour. The group began the tour at Bechtel International Center which provides support services for international students at Stanford University. Dr. Rolando Villalobos, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director, and Mr. Mario Mihelcic, Student Advisor at the Center, welcomed the group with an introduction to the university. Along with an interesting history of Stanford University, the students were provided with a wide range of information on the university admissions as well as the programs that the university offers.

In addition, the group had an opportunity to meet with current international students at Stanford University who shared valuable insights on the application process, classes and student life. Following the introduction, the students had a chance to walk around the beautiful campus and take pictures. For many students, this was the first time they had visited Stanford University. They were impressed with the scale of Stanford University and the opportunities that they can provide to the students. We hope that those who participated in the tour will see Stanford University as an option in the future!

ISP will continue to provide international and cultural programs and events for Skyline College students, faculty and staff members and the greater Skyline College community. Please check future events on the ISP website at: www.skylinecollege.edu/international/

Article & Photo by Chikako Walker

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