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Tax information
All international students are required to submit federal income tax forms in order to report earnings and/or nonimmigrant status. If you have earned income in the US, you must submit tax forms by April 15. If you have not earned income in the US, you must submit tax forms by June 15. If your gross income is not more than $15,702, you do not have to submit California State tax forms. View our tax information form for more details.

Reminder: No classes on Wednesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 5 is a Flex Day at CSM. Instructors and staff will be on-campus participating in workshops. But students have the day off from classes. Use your time wisely. Wednesday will be a great day to catch up on any homework or reading you might have missed.

Roommate bulletin board
Did you know that the International Student Center has a Roommate Board. If you’re looking for roommates or looking for a room to rent, come check out the board. There are two postings, one for a room in the Bay Terrace Apartments and another at the Hillsdale Gardens.

New International Student scholarship sponsor
The International Student Center is proud to announce our new “CORT Scholarship for International Students.” The scholarship is sponsored by CORT and available to international students who are currently studying at College of San Mateo. CORT provides furniture rental packages and housing information for students living off-campus. CORT offers furniture rental, with additional packages for cookware, towels and linens, a TV, and more. Visit the CORT website for student furniture rental packages or for housing resources.

Badminton team looking for members
The badminton team at Skyline College is looking for players! It’s not too late to add the Badminton team to your class schedule and participate in some high flying, birdie smashing action. You can contact Coach Jan Fosberg at Skyline College for more information at fosberg@smccd.edu or 650-738-4215.

Optional Practical Training workshop

Did you know that as an international student you can work for one year after you complete an Associate’s degree? Well you can! The program is called Optional Pracitical Training (OPT) and the International Student Center will be conducting a workshop on this program. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 10, Room 191. All international students are welcome to attend, regardless of when you’ll be completing your degree. This information is important to learn as you can also use OPT after earning your Bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship Application Workshops

College of San Mateo scholarships are open to all new and continuing international students, even if it is just your first semester at the college or if you have no GPA! The Financial Aid office is offering several workshops to help you complete the application. Find a day and time that works for you, and attend the workshop if you have not already completed the scholarship application. The application deadline is February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Mario or Patty will be happy to write you a letter of recommendation for the scholarship!

Win a mini iPad

Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey.  You will be entered into a drawing to win a mini iPad if you complete the survey by Friday, February 7. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

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.

International Student Club news

Chinese Lunar New year Celebration! Enjoy a lion dance performance and paper lantern making workshop next week (February 11, 12,and 13). The events will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. near Building 10. The events are presented by the Cultural Awareness Board. Come join your fellow international students next week for some fun!

Free UC Berkeley campus tour

College of San Mateo is hosting a FREE Campus Tour and Admissions Information Session on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday, March 5th from 8am – 3pm (ending time is approx.). CSM will be providing bus transportation. Students will be able to explore the campus and hear a presentation of the transfer admissions process to UC Berkeley. Part of the presentation will also include former CSM transfer students sharing their experiences transferring from a CSM to UC Berkeley. Interested students need to come to the Transfer Services Office in Bldg. 10 Room 340 to register for this special event.

Welcome to the Spring 2014 semester

The first week of the semester is done! The International Student Center wishes all our students the best during the coming semester. If you need any assistance with anything, don’t hesitate to come by the center and ask! We are here to help. Next week will be the last week to add classes. If you are not registered in 12 units, please come to the International Student Center ASAP. And don’t forget, Monday, January 20 is a holiday.

Want free money? Apply now for scholarships!

College of San Mateo scholarships are open to all new and continuing international students, even if it is just your first semester at the college or if you have no GPA! For the 2014-2015 school year, the scholarship application will be done through Academic Works, an online scholarship application program. Along with the online application, you will also need to submit one letter of recommendation, a personal statement (at least 250 words but no more than 750 words in length), and any unofficial transcripts (including your College of San Mateo academic transcripts). The application deadline is February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Mario or Patty will be happy to write you a letter of recommendation for the scholarship!

Win a mini iPad

Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey.  You will be entered into a drawing to win a mini iPad if you complete the survey by Friday, February 7. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

Discover UC Davis

Visit the UC Davis campus and begin cultivating your dream career. Find out how you can transfer and earn a degree that will help you transform into a successful career professional. Advanced registration is required for this trip. Visit CSM Transfer Services located in the College Center Building 10, Room 340 to find out how you can register today! The trip is scheduled for Friday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more transfer events, including information about UC Berkeley, please visit the Transfer Services event calendar.

International Student Club news

The International Student Club’s first meeting of the Spring 2014 semester will take place Thursday, January 23 at 1:10 p.m. in Building 14, Room 117. The club is a great way to get involved in campus life and to network into other organizations on campus, such as the Associated Students. Don’t miss this opportunity!

This is just a reminder that the college campus will be closed starting Monday, December 23, 2013 until Wednesday, January 1, 2014. That means the International Student Center will be closed during those days as well. We will be back in the office on Thursday, January 2. We wish all our continuing and new students a Happy Holiday and an enjoyable break. We look forward to seeing all of you again in the new year!

The week of November 12 marked International Student Week. College of San Mateo’s International Student Club spent the week bringing cultural awareness and diversity to the campus community. The club tabled information about the different ethnic regions in the world, shared culture food, and highlighted the week with an international fashion show. Everybody had a lot of fun!

For more pictures, check out our Flickr page.
Thor

Fall 2013 Club Fair

Thor

Fall 2013 Club Fair

Transfer Workshop for International Students

  • Thursday, November 21
  • 1 p.m.; Building 10, Room 340

This workshop is for any international student interested in transferring. You will also have a chance to meet Mike Mitchell, CSM’s transfer coordinator. It’s Mike’s job to help you transfer and he’s the person you should get to know! Mike will provide important information and answer your questions.

 

Your Opinion Matters to Us

Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey.  You will be entered into a drawing to win an iPod Nano or CSM Bookstore gift cards if you complete the survey by November 30. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

 

Thanksgiving Gathering

  • Wednesday, November 27
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; International Student Center

Thanksgiving is one of the most traditional holidays in the United States. It is one of the few holidays in the United States where families come together to eat, drink, and enjoy each other in a relaxing environment. We want to share that same spirit with you! Please stop by for some pie, hot apple cider, and to chat with your fellow international students and the ISC staff.

 

Menlo College – $25,000 transfer scholarship

Menlo College is pleased to announce a new Transfer Scholarship for spring 2014 of $25,000 per academic year. The design of this new program is specifically targeted to encourage new transfer students for the upcoming semester. Scholarship requirements are: Apply and be admitted to Menlo College; 3.4 cumulative GPA; Completed at least 12 transferable semester credit units. For more information you can email Menlo College at admissions@menlo.edu.

Change in Medical Insurance Process
The Health Services Center is now responsible for verifying health insurance for international students. That means if you have a health insurance hold preventing your registration, you will need to go to the Health Services Center and show Gloria D’Ambria your proof that you purchased health insurance. Any questions about health insurance can be answered by Gloria as well. The Health Services Center is located in Building 1 on the first floor.

Fall back on Sunday! Time to change your clocks
It’s that time of year again: Daylight Saving Time ends. Be sure to set back (or “fall back”) your clocks one hour on Sunday. The official change happens at 2 a.m. (which will then become 1 a.m.) So the good news is you get to sleep an extra hour on Sunday. Read about healthy ways to fall back on Sunday.

Registration starts Tuesday, Nov. 5
International students with current education plans can start registering at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5. Take advantage of priority registration to get the classes you need and the schedule you want! Don’t delay your registration. If you need help registering for classes, please come to our office or call us at 650-574-6525. You can find instructions on how to register for classes here.

Your Opinion Matters to Us
Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey. You will be entered into a drawing to win an iPod Nano or CSM Bookstore gift cards if you complete the survey by November 30. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

Write a review
The International Student Center is still accepting reviews to use on our blog. Reviews should be 25-50 words on any restaurant, store, concert, or other event that you liked. If we use your review on The Bulldog Barks blog you’ll be rewarded with a gift certificate.

Former CSM student wins the World Series
A student from CSM, Daniel Nava, helped his team (the Boston Red Sox) win the world series. Check out Daniel Nava’s full story and read about how coming to CSM helped him reach the pinnacle of major league baseball.

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.

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 askcsminternational@smccd.edu 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!