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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.


Student Organizations: do you have any upcoming events? Looking for somewhere you could advertise them? Send us your ads to interstu@smith.edu and we will post them on our next newsletter!

Winter Clothing Closet will be back: Our Winter Clothes Closet was a great success! Thank you to all those who donated, and to those who came to find some new winter weather fashion. We still have clothing left, and many people have expressed to us that they forgot to donate. Given that, we'll host another Winter Clothing Closet for the Smith community later in the year. Stay tuned for details!

Housing during vacations: Are you planning to stay on campus over Thanksgiving or Winter Break? Keep an eye out for an email from Residence Life about how to sign up.

Staff and Office Logistics

For those of you who were away for the spring semester, Dean T has officially retired! We now have a new dean on campus, Dean Caitlin Szymkowicz. She's been here since February and is eager to meet you, if she hasn't already. Come by the office to introduce yourself and say hello!

In addition, we have a few other staff changes. Ashavan Doyon has returned full-time to his position in Student Affairs (Clark Hall), so he will no longer be working with ISSO. We thank Ashavan for all the help in transitioning last semester, and we hope you'll still stop by Clark Hall to say hello when you have Res Life and Student Affairs questions.

Sara Kortesluoma has now assumed most of Ashavan's responsibilities. She's now the Coordinator for International Study and International Students & Scholars. If you need an I-20 signed or anything visa-related, she and Caitlin can help. Sara's office is in the center of the Lewis Global Studies Center, so stop by her office on your way to see Dean Caitlin.



Are you planning to work in the US after graduation?

OPT Information Session

For J-grads and eager seniors

Thursday, October 9th 4:30 - 5:30pm

Lewis Global Studies Center


In order to work in the US after you graduate, you'll need work authorization:  Optional Practical Training (OPT). Come to learn about OPT and what's required for an application.

Want to go somewhere during Fall Break?

ISO Fall Break Bus Trip to Newport, RI

Sunday, October 12th

We'll leave from JMG at 8:30am, spend the day in Newport, and come back that evening by 10pm. Enjoy shopping, restaurants, history, and maybe even one last beach day...

Contact iso@smith.edu for more information!


IS Day is coming!

Monday November 3rd
Campus Center Carroll Room

I.S.DAY has been a tradition at Smith for over 60 years. International students prepare recipes from home. Along with the help of Dining Services, we cook the food on Saturday and Sundayand sell it to the campus community during lunch on Monday.

Come try cuisines from all around the world!

Would you like to contribute a recipe this year and introduce Smith to your home country's cuisine? Submit a recipe by October 14th to ISO's Social Chair at sibrahimi@smith.edu or ISSO at interstu@smith.edu!

You can find the recipe form here.