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ISP 2016 will take place from August 25th-31st, 2016!

Please plan to arrive during the day on Thursday, August 25th, as official programming will begin that evening.

What Happens During ISP?

During ISP, a variety of workshops and recreational activities will be offered. Four days of workshops explaining academic and course requirements will be conducted by faculty and staff from various departments and by members of the International Students Organization (ISO). ISO students have attended the program themselves and can now help others adjust to the academic, cultural and social life at Smith. Several workshops will be devoted to the complicated issues of immigration laws, travel and work restrictions, the US banking system and tax regulations. In addition, students will have ample opportunity to meet with officials from Financial Aid, Health Services, Student Housing and other offices. Of course, we have also scheduled shopping trips, picnics, films, and other recreational activities such as receptions and special dinners to further introduce entering students to Smith, Northampton and the surrounding Five College area.

How Much Does ISP Cost?

It's free! The college covers the entire cost of ISP. Students pay no additional fees. Participants will stay in their own permanent houses. All meals, workshops, field trips and other expenses are funded by the Smith College International Students Office.

applications for ISP leaders are now open

In order to apply, a student must be:


  1. An enrolled international student or US Citizen with an international address for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  2. In good academic standing (C average or better) as defined in the Smith College catalogue.
  3. Able to attend training sessions on campus prior to the beginning of ISP, arriving at Smith on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
  4. Able to demonstrate active involvement and contribution to the activities and programs of the international students at Smith.
  5. Free from other work responsibility or other training sessions during the training and ISP programs.  This includes summer jobs on campus, Residence Life training, Campus Center staff training, Student Academic Advisers, etc.

Students must submit a 500 word personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to be an ISP leader, any experience leading small groups, specific skills and/or ideas to bring to the program as well as details regarding their summer plans prior to the program. Students must also submit a resume. Complete applications will be accepted via email as a single PDF document at interstu@smith.edu by Friday, March 11 at 5:00PM. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, March 19th.


Good luck!