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International Students & Scholars

Group photo of International Students and Scholars at Smith College

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) advises and assists students through the complexities of U.S. immigration and visa and travel regulations, both prior to their arrival and throughout their stay at Smith. We assess the needs of international students and professors and facilitate their smooth transition to life at Smith and within the United States. Our office conducts programs and workshops on various topics throughout the year, and we act as a liaison and an advocate with governmental agencies and various college offices.

News & Announcements

Winter Break Activities

Once again, the ISSO is sponsoring some fun activities for students who need to stay on campus over Winter Break. Please see our "Events & Programs" page or the link below for more information about each activity offered!

Beware of Phone Scams!

Every year college students in the U.S. are the target of a variety of fraudulent phone and email scams. All students should remain cautious and wary of suspicious communications, as these kind of scams are especially common during this time of year!

Remember that no U.S. government agency will contact you by phone regarding money you owe, or problems with your visa. The same is true for most international governments as well. If you receive such a request, contact Campus Police and/or an office on campus you trust, and we can help you follow up to make sure that everything is OK.

Report any Social Security scam phone call directly to the Social Security Administration!

Here are some other helpful resources in identifying phone scams:

 

OPT Updates

If you need to update your OPT information with us, please visit our Graduated Students section.

Unlawful Presence Memo Update

As of May 3, the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an injunction for the USCIS unlawful presence memo of August 8, 2018. This injunction prevents the memo from being acted upon for the time being. Read more about the injunction and its effects on NAFSA’s update site.

Cultural Organizations at Smith

Featured Upcoming Events

Featured Event
Feb
6

OPT Information Session

  • ISSO, Wright Hall, 4:15pm-5:15pm
  • This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying. 
Feb
26

OPT Information Session

  • ISSO, Wright Hall, 4:15 - 5:15p.m.
  • This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying. 
Mar
24

"Last Chance" OPT Information Session

  • ISSO, Wright Hall, 4:15 - 5:15pm
  • This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying. 
Apr
10

OPT Info Session for Faculty and Staff

  • ISSO, Wright Hall, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
  • This information session is an opportunity for staff and faculty to learn about the requirements and opportunities available to international students through Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. OPT is for international students using an F-1 visa who wish to work in the U.S., usually post-graduation. 

Contact

International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982
Email: interstu@smith.edu

Open office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30–4 p.m.