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Archive for October, 2013

We are happy to announce some new additions to our website. In our continual efforts to address the needs of our applicants and our students, as well as making our website robust, we’ve added two new pages.

The first new page is a list of our partner language schools. International student applicants to College of San Mateo (CSM) are required to meet an English proficiency requirement. However, if applicants meet all our other requirements except for the English proficiency requirement, they can attend one of our partner language schools. Once they near completion of the designated level of proficiency at the partner language school they can complete the application for admission process to CSM and gain admission to the college.

We’ve also added a Housing page which addresses finding either temporary housing or long term housing. The temporary housing page includes links to search for local hotels to CSM as well as list of area hotels and bus routes/driving directions to the college. The long term housing page provides information on the kind of questions to ask when looking for housing, types of housing, housing terms, and much more.

National Public Radio posted a blog today about  which college majors have the highest earnings in the United States, The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors, In 2 Graphs. According to NPR, a college major plays a bigger role in achieving financial success than which university a student chooses to attend.

The top 3 highest earning majors are: Petroleum Engineering, Health and Medical Preparatory Programs, and Nuclear Engineering. The bottom three lowest earning majors are: Early Childhood Education; Human Services and Community Organizations, and Theology and Religious Vocations.

But money shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing a major! If you’ve ever been to CSM’s Child Development Center you’ll know that having a child smile at you is worth more than a million dollars (and more important too).

If you are interested in attending San Francisco State University, a SFSU International Advisor will be at CSM on Wednesday, October 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet one-on-one with students to answer questions you have about SFSU. If you would like to make a 15 minute appointment to meet individually with the SFSU advisor, please come to the International Student Center or email and provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. G#
  3. Email Address
  4. Phone Number
  5. Preferred appointment time (appointments are every 15 minutes from 11-2 pm)

LOCATION CHANGE!  Due to the large participation, the International Club has moved meeting locations to a larger room.  Join their meetings on Thursday at 1 pm in BUILDING 14, ROOM 117.  Help the club plan activities for International Education Week!

Spring 2014 Class Registration
Yes, it is time to start thinking about Spring 2014 registration! The class schedule for the spring 2014 is now available online through WebSchedule. International Students with an updated education plan will start registering for classes on November 5. You can come by the International Student Center to confirm if your education plan is updated.

Let’s Chat! a Language Partner Program
We are excited to announce “Let’s Chat!” a language partner program that pairs a native English speaker with a non-native speaker to engage in English language conversation practice throughout the semester. This is a great way for you to develop communication skills and get to know someone from another culture. If you’re interested, complete the Let’s Chat Information and Application and submit it to the International Student Center.

Free! Student Leadership Conference
A free three-day student leadership conference is being offered by the Office of Student Life and Leadership. This is a great opportunity you should not pass up! You’ll learn important skills, meet other student leaders, and can include this activity on your scholarship and transfer applications. The next information session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 at 3 p.m. in Building 17, Room 112. Topics to be covered are: discovering new leadership skills, conflict resolution techniques, communication skills, and much more.

Get Cultured
The College of San Mateo Symphonic Band is performing on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5.

Meet the Ambassadors
CSM’s student ambassadors are an important part of the life the campus. Come meet the 2013-14 student ambassadors at an afternoon ice cream social on Monday, October 14 at 2 p.m. Please RSVP at

Three Sources of Exam Help
U.S. News and World Report hosts an international student blog. This week they offered tips on how international students can get help with exams. Those tips are: 1. Go to your teacher’s office hours; 2. Talk to senior students; 3. Ask the professor what is most important to know. Visit their blog for more details.

Hike of the Week
A personal favorite of the International Student Center staff is the Edgewood Park Trail in Redwood City. It is short 2 mile hike when you just need to get away and be among the trees and hills. Although there isn’t a whole lot of shade on the trail, it’s proximity makes for an easy way to reconnect with the nature on the Peninsula.