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November 2008


On June 1, 2008 the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry combined to form the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). The STM’s students include Jesuits as well as lay men and women seeking master’s degrees in theology, pastoral ministry...Continue


flag My name is David Martin Ssentamu and I am a catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. I have been a priest for two years. I was born in 1977, the first born in a family of 10 children. Perhaps it sounds like a joke to many American families I see with few children!...Continue


The OISS would like to thank all of the international assistants and international students that made this year’s Halloween Social a success.  The event took place on Thursday, October 30th in the O’Connell House.  The social included lots of candy, cookies and other sweets as well as costume and pumpkin carving contests...Continue halloween 


Meghan The OISS has a new administrative assistant, and we would like to take a moment to allow her to introduce herself to you.
Hi! My name is Meg Popick, and I am very excited to be the newest member of the OISS staff. I moved to Boston after living in Atlanta, Georgia for a year and working in the Office of International Education at the Georgia Institute of Technology... Continue

Upcoming Events

Wed. November 26 through Fri..
November 28: Thanksgiving Break

Mon. December 1st:
Last day to withdraw from a course

Wed. . December 3:
GISA Holiday Party

Sat. December 6:
IA & IS Holiday Social

Tues. December 9& Wed. December 10: Undergraduate Study Days (No Classes)

Thurs. December 11 through Thurs. December 18: Final Exams


o The Connor’s Family Learning Center

o The Office of International Students & Scholars

o University Counseling Services

o Boston College Libraries

o Campus Ministry

o Student Life Calendar

o Office of International Programs

o University Health Services



Check out the International and Multicultural events happening at BC! This calendar is brought to you courtesy of the Global Proficiency Program. It is aimed at encouraging commitment to a comprehensive global perspective, and documenting the achievements of Boston College students. The program combines an abroad experience, academic achievement, co-curricular activities, and community service to create well-rounded, broad-minded individuals capable of making competent and compassionate decisions that will shape a new world.

Walk-in Hours begins Monday, December 1st. During the designated time slots, you will be able to get your immigration form signed immediately if you have all the required documents and forms completed. We hope that these hours will facilitate travel procedures for our international students and get answers to important questions.

Message from President: Graduate International Students Association(GISA) is a student organization run by graduate international students at Boston College. Our mission is to provide educational, social and cultural opportunities to the graduate international student community at Boston College. We started the academic year by having the 'Welcome Party' in the month of September to welcome all the new and returning graduate students. We hosted a series of events called 'An Afternoon over Tea', where graduate students can socialize on campus and meet their peers from different schools at Boston College. I thank you for your continuous support for the event. We continue to try to enhance the international experience of graduate students on campus by having evenings dedicated to introducing the culture, economy and experience of living if different countries around the world. We have so far introduced Bulgaria and Rwanda in our Mini Cultural Night Series and plan to have more on countries from Asia, Europe and Latin America. We plan to end the semester by having a Holiday Party on December 3 to celebrate the different cultural holidays around the world. We welcome all graduate students, their friends and families to come and enjoy our events.


Puja Lakdawala



Message from Patricia Lopez: International students make up a very small part of the BC community. Although there exists the IA program as well as a variety of different culture groups that international students can join, there is currently no organization to bring this otherwise dispersed group together. The International Students Club of Boston College (ICBC) is a group that will serve not only as a social group where international students and other BC students can meet, it will also attempt to raise awareness and increase knowledge of international issues on campus. There will be many entertaining planned events like International student night, an International cafe, and even an International ball. In addition to all international students, the group will also welcome any other interested BC students!

If you are interested in being a part of ICBC, please reply to Patricia Lopez with any thoughts, suggestions and ideas. 





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