Sixty-one new international students arriving from as far as Mongolia and Uzbekistan, and as near as Canada, excitedly began their academic careers here at College of San Mateo by attending the International Student Orientation. The two-day orientation was held on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17.
The students from 18 different countries were welcomed to the college by Vice President of Student Services Jennifer Hughes and Dean of Enrollment Services Dr. Henry Villareal. The new students were given a campus tour, learned about college academics, and introduced to student life. ISC staff also led a group of new students on a tour of the Hillsdale shopping area where the students learned firsthand how to use samTRANS and Caltrains as well as explored the mall.
The ISC is expecting an additional 20 students to arrive to the college during the beginning of August. The total number of international students for the Fall 2013 semester is estimated at more than 190.
As part of our in-depth look at Chinese culture, the International Student Club performed a traditional as well as a modern lion dance. The performances took place on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 in front of the College Center, Building 10. The lion dance goes back more than 2000 years in Chinese culture and celebrates the Lunar New Year celebrations. The lion signifies strength, courage, and wisdom. The International Student Club also screened two Chinese movies during the month on February 13 and February 28 in the Center for Student Life (Building 17, Room 112).
The college played host to an exciting visit by the Beijing No. 4 High School musical touring group on Thursday, February 14. The high school group featured 70 performers who came to CSM after a performance at Serra High School in San Mateo.
February marks the beginning of a brand new program here at ISC that we are calling the “Featured Country of the Month.” Every month during the semester we will look to highlight a country of origin. College of San Mateo’s international students come from more than 40 different countries from all around the world – making our community college a global community. This month’s featured country is China. International students from East Asia compromise our largest population of international students. Along with China, students from the East Asia region come from Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan.
As part of our Featured Country of the Month, Pacific Dining will serve students a taste of the region highlighting our dining hall meals with Chinese dishes.
Welcome to the first post of the Bulldog Barks Blog. We hope you will visit our blog frequently as it will cover important topics of interest to current international students and to those who are interested in becoming international students. In the coming semester this blog will explore campus services, student life, local civic events, international student news, as well as provide updates on pending deadlines.
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International Student Center staff