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The Office for International Students & Scholars holds seminars and workshops during the year. The office also advises the International Students Organization, and helps showcase their events. Please check periodically to see when the next event or workshop is scheduled.

Open Office Hours

Have a Question? Need something signed? Want to know more about something?

Come to our ISSO open office hours, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4pm on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot make it during those hours, feel free to contact the office to make an appointment.


Employment Reminder: Off-campus = Off-limits!

If you are interested in working off-campus as an F-1 student, come talk to the ISSO. On-campus jobs are already authorized under a student visa, but off-campus jobs require additional authorization. Come get information -- ahead of time -- to make sure you maintain your status!
Many of you signed an international student contract at ISP 2014. For those of you who didn't participate in ISP 2014, you can review the regulations here that apply to you as an F-1 student!

Need a Social Security Number now that you've gotten that fabulous new on-campus job?
Fill out the Employment Evidence Form on our website, then come to the ISSO to get a letter. And in the meantime, learn about the process here!

Tax Day is approaching!

Taxes are due April 15th!
Everyone must submit tax paperwork, even if you don't have a campus job!
If you worked in the US during the 2014 calendar year, you probably just received a W-2 (which looks like this) in the mail. Save that! If you have received any funding from the college -- a Praxis grant, IEG, scholarship, emergency funding, etc -- you may get another form in the next few weeks called a 1042-S.
If you get one or both of these forms, you'll need to submit a tax return. We have software available to help you complete your taxes in March. More information to come!
If you have not earned or received any money in the 2014 year, you'll just need to submit a Form 8843 to document that to the government. More information to come!

Projects for Peace

Thank you tothose who submitted! We had some amazing proposals for the $10,000 Davis Grant, and international students were well-represented! Final decisions on all winning proposals will be announced March 16, 2015.Any alternates will be announced in April 2014.


Spring 2015 Global Lecture Series
Security, Immigration, Forced Displacement, Refugees, and Development

This Global Lecture Series brings together scholars, students, and local partner agencies and organizations working with or for refugees and immigrants to explore the complex social, political, and ethical issues that arise when people are forcibly displaced. The Lewis Global Studies Center (Lewis Center) and the Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) present this global lecture series for interested faculty, students, and community partners. All lectures and panels are open to the public; workshops are open to students and invited guests. For more information about the series and a detailed schedule please click here.

Are you planning work after graduation?
Come learn about OPT!

If you are graudating in May, you may apply for OPT starting February 17th.

OPT Information Sessions:

Thursday, Feb 19th, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, Feb 25th, 4:20 - 5:20pm

Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 - 7:00pm.

Global Studies Center Lounge!

Rhythm Nations

Rhythm Nations is an annual cultural event coordinated by the International Students Organization and the international students community at Smith. It consists of performances given by Smith students from various countries.

Join us in this grand celebration of Smith's diversity at 7PM on Feb 28th!

Free show!