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December 2010




From November 15th through the 19th, Boston College celebrated International Education Week (IEW). IEW was initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education. It is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide... Continue



Katie Burns Read About exchange student Katie Burns. She is currently at BC as an exchange student from Ireland and enjoys many aspects of BC. See what you may have in common...Continue


The International Club of BC brought Prom back to BC this past November. The objective of the event was to allow international students to live a typical American tradition and allow Americans to reminisce about the good old days...Continue  pROM gROUP


IA Thanksgiving After four 20 lb turkeys, 5 pounds of mashed potatoes, trays of sweet potatoes, piles of cornbread and pies after pies, close to 120 undergraduate international students and assistants can gratefully say that they were able to experience the traditions that are included in the American holiday of Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving feast, which took place on November 21st in O’Connell House, was one of three events sponsored by the OISS to allow international students to experience the American holiday... Continue


Upcoming Events

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

Thurs . December 9:
GISA-AHANA Holiday Celebration: Murray Center 6:30-9pm

Fri. December 10 - Monday. December 13:
Undergraduate Study Days (No Classes)

Tues. December 14 through Tues. December 21:
Final Exams

Tues. January 18
Classes Begins

Weds. January 26
Last day to add/drop classes


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


Employment Resources for International Students

The OISS hosted an Employment Workshop Series, providing information on immigration regulations related to work, resume tips on interviewing and job-searching. We discussed the most important factors in this process, as well as how it can differ in the US from your home countries. If you missed any of the sessions, here are some resources.

Working in the US: H1B and Other Working Visas
View Working in the US presentation:(right click,save link as) Powerpoint slides presented by an immigration lawyer. BC username and password required.

Resume and CV Help
Visit BC Career Center's Jessica Chance for information for resumes, cv and interviewing tips. Make an appointment today!

Alumni Panel Video
View video(Quicktime):(right click,save link as)Panel of international alumni students discuss the challenges and solutions for finding a job in the US. Hear their personal stories and advice.(right-click,save as)


Walk In Hours Walk-in Hours: 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.

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 will end the semester by having a Holiday Celebration in conjunction with Graduate AHANA Student Association on December 9, 2010. All graduate students, their friends and families are welcomed.
Time: 6:30-9pm
Murray Center

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



The International Club of Boston College (ICBC) is a growing organization. The purpose of the club is to hold social events, educate about countries, and work with OISS to make the international community at BC even stronger. Past events include "International Chef" in which teams brought different dishes and competed against each other for the title of Top International Chef! Upcoming events include the publishing of Kaleidoscope, the international student newspaper and guest lecturers.

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







Happy Holidays from the Office of International Students and Scholars
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