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International Education Program

Admitted Students

Congratulations to your admission to College of San Mateo!


All new students will receive access to enroll in the Canvas Online Orientation beginning November 5. Please email if you have not signed up to attend the online orientation.

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CSM My Journey: Life of an International Student Athlete

San Mateo County Community College District Will Remain Mostly Online for Summer and Fall 2021

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is designed for all new international students to prepare for a successful semester at College of San Mateo.

Upon completing the orientation, students will be able to:

  1. Connect with faculty, staff, and peers to establish a sense of learning community with the College of San Mateo.
  2. Identify the academic support systems and student services to help overcome potential challenges in an online learning environment.
  3. Understand the academic code of conduct and important requirements and tips to be a successful online learner.
  4. Confirm your ESL & math assessment by meeting with an academic counselor and enroll in the academic classes for Fall 2021.

Hear what international students say about participating in the online orientation!

  • "It helped me understand the academic requirements for me to complete my degree program at CSM."
  • "It provided me with the opportunity to meet others before the semester began."
  • "The online orientation is fun!"
  • "The orientation is a great idea and I learned a lot."
  • "The Information provided is created for international students and is easily understood."
  • "I got answers to all my questions."
  • "I appreciate how the information is organized."
  • "It helps me to save time and energy."
  • "I learned how to use Canvas and Websmart, thank you!"

Apply for the Global Beca Scholarship

International Student Scholarship – Global Beca Foundation of San Mateo Colleges

There are a limited number of one-time scholarships for new international students ranging from $250 to $1000 each depending on availability of funds. To apply for the Global Beca Foundation International Student Scholarship, complete the Global Beca Foundation scholarship application. Then return the completed application and all relevant documents by fax or email to:

Jing Luan, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Planning
San Mateo CCCD
Cañada College, College of San Mateo, & Skyline College
Fax: (650) 574-6566

Awards are granted based on achievement and the potential for involvement in student leadership positions at the college.