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January/February 2008


The Office of International Students and Scholars is excited to welcome new students to Boston College for the 2008 Spring Semester. We hope everyone has made a smooth transition into their new life here in Boston, as well as their academic studies at BC. Our office hopes to provide the support and resources you need to make this time a very fruitful, positive experience in your life. Please visit our website for information on programs, announcements, hours and staff information.

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The Steering Committee for the International Assistants Program will begin their training and planning for the upcoming recruitment and selection process. Every Spring the International Assistants Program sets out to draw applicants from all parts of the student body in hopes of recruiting more talented and committed students who will serve in the upcoming year as IAs. Continue.


Laura We conducted a interview to learn more about Laura Hurst. Born in Spain, she is an exchange student in her second semester here at BC. More.


Every Friday graduate international students gather in the Connors Family Learning Center to share lunch and engage in discussion about a variety of themes and issues. These topics range from dating and fashion, to communication, traditions and customs. This semester even more topics will make their way into our weekly meetings, including reality TV and American Politics. Continue.

Upcoming Events

Fri. February 15:
Last Day for Undergraduates to Drop Course

March 3-7:
University Holiday: Spring Break

March 20-24
University Holiday: Easter Weekend

Tues. April 1:
Last date for master's and doctoral candidates to turn in dissertation/thesis for May graduation

Wed. April 9:
Graduate Registration for Summer and Fall 2008

Thurs. April 10:
Undergraduate Registration for Summer and Fall 2008


o The Connor’s Family Learning Center

o The Office of International Students and Scholars

o University Counseling Services

o Boston College Libraries

o Campus Ministry

o Student Life Calendar

o Office of International Programs

o Global Proficiency Program

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Transforming: International Education through Service-Learning

On February 1-3, Jenn Close and Veronica Gentile will attend the first Student Conference sponsored by the International Academic Collaborative of the ACC at North Carolina State University. Students are realizing that international experience is a key piece of their education here at Boston College, offering increased global awareness, academic fulfillment and personal development. Increasingly, students have the desire to contribute to the international communities with which they interact. Service-learning is uniquely positioned not only to benefit and enhance relationships with those communities, but also to strengthen the academic experience itself. To learn about more service opportunies, please refer to the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.

  • Traveling outside the U.S.? Don't forget to get your I-20 signed! Read more about immigration information...
  • Moving? Please remember that all international students and scholars are required to report any change of address within 10 days of the change. Don't forget to change your address!
  • Optional Practical Training: If you are graduating this semester, please make sure to apply for OPT by the deadline.

The Graduate International Student Association (GISA) is a student association run for and by the Boston College international student community. If you are interested in becoming involved in this student-run organization and planning activities along with other graduate international students, please email Farooq Pasha, the GISA president for 2007-2008. 



Student Clubs and Organizations: Looking to get involved with some of the BC clubs and organizations focused on cultural and ethnic groups and events? Find out how to contact and connect with them!

International Assistants plan some large group events for the first year and exchange students during the spring semester. Please talk with your IA to get the details about upcoming events.


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