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Archive for August, 2013

New International Students
Please come by the International Student Center to pick-up your “Continued Attendance” I-20. This is the I-20 you will need to travel and to keep with you. It confirms that you are a registered student with College of San Mateo.

All International Students
Please purchase your medical insurance, if you have not already done so. You can find a link to the medical insurances we accept on the Useful Links page under Medical Insurance.

International Student Club meeting
The International Student Club is meeting next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in getting involved in this club please RSVP to attend the Thursday meeting by sending an email to

Monday, September 2, No School – Labor Day holiday
The school will be closed on Monday, September 2 and no classes will be held. On Monday the United States celebrates Labor Day. It is time for barbecues! The holiday is meant to celebrate American workers and their economic and social contributions. In current times, the holiday is a signal that summer vacations are over, that it is a time to go back to school, and to get ready for the fall holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the religious holidays in December).

Deal of the Day – Paws for Coffee
Sandwiches at Paws for Coffee on the 2nd floor of Building 10 are discounted during Fridays only.

Transfer eNews
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The San Francisco Chronicle website, SFGate, recently posted a list of their readers suggestions of free things to do in San Francisco. Although we don’t suggest trying all of them (remember, you have to study for your classes!), the list contains many fun ways to spend a free Saturday or Sunday in the City. Let the International Student Center know if you try any of these!

The list includes:

  • Head to the De Young for the view from the tower and Friday night art events.
  • Visit the ‘fog bridge’ at the new Exploratorium at Pier 15.
  • Try to climb every S.F. staircase – including the challenging Filbert Steps.
  • When September rolls around, watch some free opera with the AT&T Park simulcast.
  • Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and be sure to visit Fort Point under the bridge.
  • Visit the S.F. Cable Car Museum or the S.F. Railway Museum, both free anytime.

Under a nice warm sun today College of San Mateo came alive with the nervous and excited energy of students starting another new semester. We wish all our international students much success during the Fall 2013 semester. All of our students are welcome to come by the International Student Center with questions about finding their classrooms, registering for classes, buying textbooks, or just to stop by and say hello! Last week was our welcome week for students, faculty and staff of the college. The international students got involved in many different events of the welcome week, including a student panel that gave new faculty the opportunity to hear what college is like for students. Javokhir of Uzbikstan, a new international student to CSM from Uzbikstan, was the international student participant on the panel. After the event, he had the opportunity to meet with the Chancellor of our San Mateo Community College District, and had lunch with the President of the college. “I always dreamed about being in America, but I could never imagine my life like this,” Javokhir said when asked about his day.

Fall 2013 Welcome Week

Fall 2013 Welcome Week

Welcome to the start of a new semester!
It’s almost the first day of the semester (already!). We are looking forward to greeting all our new and returning students soon. For now, a few reminders:

  • If you are wait listed for a class, you may still attend the first class meeting. Show up early and sit in the front of the class. Make sure the teacher knows that you are interested in adding into the class. Also, introduce yourself as an international student. If you are unable to add the class and will then have less than 12 units, please come to the International Student Center immediately so we can help!
  • Also, if you are on a waiting list, print your schedule from WebSMART and bring it to class with you so that you can be prepared to show the professor your number on the waiting list.
  • Arrive early to the campus next week. There will be a lot of cars and traffic because of the many students who will be coming to campus as well as due to the construction at the back of the campus. If you’re driving, come at least 45 minutes early. If you’re taking a bus, try to catch an earlier than usual bus.

CSM Welcome Day, Friday, August 16
Success starts on the hill! Join us as we kick off the fall semester! Come to Welcome Day and receive a free pancake breakfast, have an opportunity to pick-up your student ID card, and learn about what to expect for the start of the semester. The Welcome Day starts at 9 a.m. with breakfast served until 10 a.m.

English Language Practice Hangout
Thanks to all the new international students who participated in the English Language Practice Hangout. We had a terrific group which made it a lot of fun. Last week was our last meeting, but we hope that you continue to stay involved in future activities.

English Language Practice Hangout
International students are invited to our third English Language Practice Hangout. We will be starting at 2 pm on Thursday, August 8. We will meet at the International Student Center located in College Center Building 10, Room 310. Thanks to the participants of last week’s hangout we will have pizza for this meeting! Did you know that there is a popular American TV show about students attending a community college? We will watch two episodes and talk about the realism of the show and character stereotypes of international students.

New sections of ESL
The college has opened three new sections of ESL. So, if you are on a waiting list for any of these classes, please consider enrolling in one of the new sections:

94345 ESL 827 AE 5 units MWF 12:10 pm – 1:35 pm
94353 ESL 828 AE 5 units MWF 12:10 pm – 1:35 pm
94354 ESL 828 AD 5 units MWF 11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Registering for Waitlisted Classes/Fees
Students are not charged tuition and fees for waitlisted classes. If you come off the waiting list and register for that class, then you have 24 hours to pay for the class. We advise you to pay for the class immediately so that you don’t have any problems in the future. However, if you do not pay within 24 hours of registering for the class then you will be dropped from the class. Please contact the International Student Center with any questions. For more information about the wait list process visit the CSM Wait List page.