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Student Haoran Yu from China caught the Rockets vs. Warriors basketball game on Thursday, February 20. The Warriors not just won, but won in style, providing a thrilling finish when the Warriors tied the game in the last three seconds. They went on to win 102-99. You can find his pictures on our Flickr page.

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!

Review of Twin Peaks in San Francisco
Want to catch a panoramic view of San Francisco at night? Head over to Twin Peaks, the second highest point in the city (925ft), and be dazzled by the city lights below. Be sure to bundle up and go on a clear night because a fog will obscure the view.

Review of Treasure Island view of the San Francisco night skyline
Want to see a picture-postcard view of the San Francisco night skyline? Head over to Treasure Island, where you can see the full expanse of the skyline in all its glory and let it take your breath away; definitely lovelier to see it in person than on a mere postcard.

Reviews courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore.
Visit Sharon’s blog for more great reviews.


Hunger Games

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Despite being superior to the first Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug nevertheless still disappoints. While still entertaining, the movie is bloated, overlong and suffers from middle-movie narrative issues. This is what happens when a 300-odd page book is stretched into three movies each spanning about 3 hours.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire is the best young adult book-to-movie adaptation there is. Directed by Francis Lawrence of I am Legend fame, the movie is vastly superior to The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is the heart and soul of the movie. Emotionally thrilling for both fans and newcomers alike.

Reviews courtesy of Sharon Ho, Singapore.
Visit Sharon’s blog for a more in-depth look at these two movies.


Hunger Games

It was so much fun to participate in Black Friday here in my first year in college! It was a very crazy day!! I went to San Francisco with my friends on Thursday night. We left San Mateo at five in the afternoon and we stayed there untill midnight!! It was very interesting to me to be in San Francisco but surrounded by many people speaking in Chinese around me!! There were a lot of people waiting in line to get in the big shopping mall like Macy’s, and most of them were Asian! I could not remember that I was in America for a moment, because almost 90% of people were using Chinese! It was so weird! I think maybe there were so many Asians because most of the Americans were having a “turkey time” at home with their family!

We went back to San Mateo at 11 p.m. by BART, and then we drove to Gilroy right after we got home! We were going to the outlet shopping center!! And no surprise at all there were a bunch of people already there!!! All of the stores were full of people and we definitely decided to join them!! I couldn’t remember which store we started from or which one we ended at because we didn’t stop shopping!! We really got some good deals! A lot of stuff had big sales, at least 50% off!! My friend got a hat for five dollars! I also got some other good deals! I got a sweater for twelve dollars, and a pair of boots for forty-three dollars!! It was a long and crazy day, but I enjoyed it a lot! We left the outlets at 7 a.m. because our friend — the driver — was exhausted. I actually didn’t think there would be an end to our shopping, but we got in the car and went back home.

Courtesy of Winnie Wu, Taiwan

Recently I decided to take a tour around the San Francisco area. I hadn’t been to all the great areas in SF and I also thought that it would take me the whole day to tour the city. However, i hopped on the Big Bus and it was an amazing adventure, especially at night when everything looked so beautiful with all the sparkling lights from the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. The tour started from Fisherman’s Wharf then took us through Union Street to the Presidio, where you can enjoy the views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then up the historic Nob Hill, across the Bay Bridge and so on. Biking along the Golden Gate Bridge and the Beach was also something I enjoyed. Due to the sunset everything looked amazing and romantic. If you have the chance to tour the city do it on the Big Bus tour you should do it, especially at night!

Review courtesy of Yesuujin Oyungerel, Mongolia

First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo is inviting any interested international student to a Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving Day trimmings as well as games and songs for the holiday.

The Thanksgiving dinner is free and all are welcome. Please RSVP Rich Rondeau at (650) 345-6915 or

Event details:
Thanksgiving dinner hosted by First Presbyterian Church
Location: The Lighthouse (194 W 25th Avenue (at Hacienda), San Mateo
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

Fall 2013 Club Fair


Fall 2013 Club Fair

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!