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International Student Newsletter - December 2012

November Newsletter - Office of International Students and Scholars - Boston College

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December 2012


The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) is a volunteer program which matches international graduate students who want to practice their conversational English skills with a member of the BC community.  The partners consist of...Continue


 In honor of the annual International Education Week (IEW) Boston College once again hosted nearly 40 academic, social, and cultural events; this year at BC, IEW was celebrated the week of November 5-9.  The events were coordinated by representatives from a variety of departments and offices across campus, as well as student culture clubs and organizations  ...Continue


For the past 21 years, the OISS has coordinated a Thanksgiving Host Program for international students.  The program is designed to match Boston College international students with a BC faculty or staff member in order to give international students the opportunity to experience the American holiday.  This year 50 international students were hosted by 21 faculty and staff members....Continue 



Thanksgiving is an American holiday that brings family and friends together to enjoy a traditional meal and reflect on what they are thankful for in their lives.   This special day falls on the third Thursday in November and was celebrated on November 22nd this year.  Every year, the OISS sponsors two events on campus that enable international students to experience this popular American holiday, the IA Thanksgiving Dinner and the Graduate Discussion Thanksgiving Luncheon... Continue


The International Photo Exhibition was held this year as part of International Education Week at BC from Nov. 5th-9th in the Level One Gallery of O'Neill Library. A summary of the Chronicle article on the exhibit can be seen here.


Upcoming Events

December 11-12 - Study Days

December 13-20 - Term Examinations

January 14 - Classes Begin

January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No Classes

January 23 - Last Day for all students to drop/add online

March 4-8 - Spring Vacation

March 28- April 1 - Easter Weekend - No classes Thursday or Friday


o Campus Ministry

o Boston College Libraries

o Connor’s Family Learning Center

o Office of International Programs

o Office of International Students & Scholars

o Student Life Calendar

o University Counseling Services

o University Health Services


Yini Guan started working at the OISS this past summer. She has been a delightful and valuable addition to our office!
Originally from China, she is now a junior at BC studying Human Development with minors in Human Resource Management and Special Education.  Her favorite aspect of BC is that everyone is very “enthusiastic” about volunteering.  Not only is she part of PULSE, but she also is a member of Strong Women Strong Girls; this past fall she also became an IA (International Assistant) in a program where BC students are paired with new international students to assist them with adjustment to American culture and life at BC .

To her, being an IA is about “giving back.”  She had such a wonderful and helpful IA when she first arrived that she wanted to return some “goodness to the community” by becoming one herself.  She is currently paired with three students from China...Continue

Graduate Student News

Undergraduate Student News



Message from Shawn Savage- President of the Graduate International Student Association

It has been another engaging semester and the Graduate International Student Association wishes to express season’s greetings to the entire Boston College community.  We would like to especially thank everyone for their continued support.  This semester we had a number of activities including our Culture & Diversity Team’s event and General Meeting in October; our Education & Service Team’s collaboration with the Office of International Programs in leading the events: Continued

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Message from Noele Illien- Co-President of the International Club of Boston College (ICBC)

The International Club has had a really successful semester, adding a number of new events to our existing ones!  This year was the fourth time that we put on International Prom which was a fun opportunity for our BC members and exchange students to get to know one another. Some of our other events have included a screening of the award winning silent film, The Artist, in addition to a talk by Professor Cronin on International Dating. The International Club has also released a new volume of our publication, Kaleidoscope.

We hope to hear from you! Happy Holidays!

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