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November 2009


The first International Student Prom was held on November 20th in the Yawkey Center. The sold out event was sponsored by the International Club of Boston College (ICBC) in association with the International Assistant Program. The 200 students in attendance danced all night...Continue



Isaac Pio Read about College of Advancing student Isaac Pio . He is currently in his first year and enjoys many aspects of BC. See what you may have in common...Continue


On Wednesday, October 28th, the OISS hosted its annual International Assistant Halloween Social in the Cabaret room. Participants in the IA Program (first year undergraduates, exchange students and international assistants) enjoyed the yummy snacks prepared by the IAs and also had fun carving pumpkins...Continue   halloween


turkey Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for Americans to be with family and be thankful for good fortune. Every year, the OISS sponsors three events to allow international students to experience this American holiday. The first event took place on Sunday, November 15th in the O’Connell House... Continue


Upcoming Events

Mon. November 30:
Last day to withdraw from a course

Wed. December 2:
GISA Stress Management Workshop

Thurs. December 10:
IA & IS Holiday Social: Cabaret Room 7-9pm

Fri. December 11:
GISA & Grad AHANA Student Association Holiday Celebration

Sat. December 12 & Sun. December 13: Undergraduate Study Days (No Classes)
Mon. December 14 through Mon. December 21: 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

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Employment Workshop for International Students: The OISS carries out an Employment Workshop Series, providing information on immigration regulations related to work, tips on interviewing and job-searching. The focus for this program will be interviewing for jobs in the US. We will be discussing the most important factors in this process, as well as how it can differ in the US from your home countries.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 |4-6pm| McQuinn 121

Jamaican Film Series: Dancehall Queen: As part of the African & African Studies Department's annual Film Series presentation, one of this year's themes is Jamaican Films under the guidance of Director Dr. Rhonda Frederick. Dancehall Queen portrays the tale of Marcia, a street vendor who escapes her life as a single mother living in the ghetto section of Kingston, Jamaica. She finds both excitement and refuge in a dancehall club.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | 7:00 p.m. Location: Lyons 301

Gaudete in Carminibus: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Romance Language Tradition: Join some of the best musicians from Boston College and the St Ignatius parish community as we present a traditional nine lessons & carols concert with a twist: everything in Romance Languages (translations will be provided)!
Saturday, December 12, 2009 | 7:30PM |Church of St. Ignatius

walkin Walk-in Hours begins Tuesday, 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. The mission is to provide educational, social and cultural opportunities to the graduate international student community at Boston College. GISA has planned a Stress Management Workshop
to manage the stress, anxiety and nervousness that everyone experiences close to finals week. Come for this FREE workshop and learn yoga and powerful stress management techniques to see how you can be peaceful, reach your full potential through yoga and BREATH! There will be refreshments after the workshop!
December 2, 2009
McElroy 2nd Fl. Conference Room

GISA plans to end the semester by having a Holiday Celebration in conjunction with Graduate AHANA Student Association on December 11, 2009. All graduate students, their friends and families are welcomed. Time and place will be confirmed

If you have any questions, please contact
Rucha Bhate
GISA President



Message from Esteban Gomez The International Club of Boston College (ICBC) Language Buddy Program; It is a growing program in which ICBC brings together the international community with language learners. There are multiple weekly language tables in students can practice almost any language taken here at BC. If you are a native speaker of any other language, you can use this opportunity to speak in your language and share your culture. It is a great chance to inform other students about your country. If you are a language learner, this is a great chance to improve your spoken skills in a different way than what you do in class. It is an opportunity to meet and interact with a foreign culture rather than merely studying it. For more information on how to participate as a native speaker or language learner, please email:
If you are interested in being a part of ICBC, please reply to Esteban Gomez with any thoughts, suggestions and ideas.




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