Skyline College started the Spring 2019 semester by welcoming over 50 new international students from 20 different countries. In an effort to ease the new students’ transition, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a three-day orientation from January 7th – 9th 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 ready and prepared for their first day at Skyline College on January 14, 2019.
For many students, it is their first time away from home. 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 to facilitate international students’ success and it wouldn’t be possible without the student ambassadors who helped to prepare for 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 International Student Mixer on February 1, 2019 and everyone is invited to be a part of this welcome party!
Article by Clair Yeo-Sugajski | Photo by Zaw Min Khant