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International Student Pre-orientation (ISP)


International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982

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

August 27– September 1, 2020

ISP is mandatory for all students coming to Smith on a student visa. We also welcome students who have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency who have grown up abroad and feel it would be a beneficial program to attend. Best of all, it is free! The college covers the entire cost of ISP; students pay no additional fees. Participants will stay in their own permanent housing assignments for the year. All meals, workshops, field trips and other expenses are funded by the college.

Several workshops will be devoted to the complicated issues of immigration laws, travel and work restrictions, the U.S. banking system and health insurance. In addition, students will have ample opportunity to meet with officials from Financial Aid, Health Services, and other offices.

We have also scheduled shopping trips, picnics, and other recreational activities such as receptions and special dinners to further introduce entering students to Smith, Northampton, and the surrounding Five College area.


To register for ISP, please fill out our online form (Deadline: July 1).  Please use your Smith email when registering.

To submit your ISP arrival information, please click here (Deadline: August 1). You must be logged into your Smith email when filling out this form.  If you have encounter issues with this, please let us know.

2019 ISP Schedule

Each year our ISP schedule changes slightly. Participants should stay tuned for changes as communicated by our office, as well as on our Smith ISP Facebook group. Our schedule for ISP 2020-2021 will be made available as soon as possible.  Please check back closer to the summer to find it here.  In the meantime, below is a copy of last year's schedule so that you can have an idea of what the schedule looks like. We will provide you with a hard copy of the schedule when you arrive on campus. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Throughout ISP, we will compile all the handouts and information distributed. Take a look at the information on our 2019 ISP Resource Website

2019–20 ISP Leaders

ISP Leaders have attended the program themselves and can now help others adjust to the academic, cultural and social life at Smith.  Leaders for ISP 2020-2021 will be selected in late Spring.

Olivia Anastassov

Olivia Anastassov ’22


Economics and Psychology or Comparative Literature

Hi, international Smithies! This past year I was on the Smith crew team, where I got to see Smith from a completely different angle. Up until now I’ve lived in Gillett House (has really good vegetarian food), but I’ll be in Jordan House this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all at ISP, and if you have any questions in the meantime don’t hesitate to reach out.

Asmita Gautam

Asmita Gautam ’20

Kathmandu, Nepal

Engineering and Computer Science

Hello, Class of 2023! Welcome to Smith! I am from Kathmandu, Nepal, and this will be my third year as an ISP leader. ISP is extremely close to my heart and has been a huge part of my Smith experience in so many ways. I've met the most wonderful people through this program, both as a first year and as a leader, and it is truly a community that you can rely on and find a safe place in. I’m the president of the Society of Women Engineers and a liaison for the computer science department, so if you’re interested in either of those areas reach out to me! In my time at Smith, I’ve been actively involved with the International Students Organization, Smith Kpop Dance Crew, Duct Tape Productions, House Council, Design Thinking Initiative and as Gold Key tour guide, so feel free to ask me about any of them as well. Actually, feel free to reach out to me for any questions or concerns in general. Looking forward to meeting all of you!


Stuti Goyal

Stuti Goyal ’21

Ranchi/Gurgaon, India

Economics and Data Science

Hi everyone! I live in Ziskind House. Outside of my classes, I have been part of orgs on campus that have shaped my Smith experience in many ways. I am currently the co-chair of EKTA (South Asian Association) and part of the Start-up Consulting Group on campus. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of these orgs and have met some wonderful people. ISP is very close to my heart! The orientation gave me a home away from home and people that I can rely on! I hope I can contribute in some way to make your experience as wonderful as mine was, and maybe even relive those exciting moments with you. I can’t wait to meet you!


Beatrix Howe

Beatrix Howe ’20


Architecture & Urbanism and Italian Studies

Hello world! My name is Beatrix and I am a senior. I am Canadian but have lived most of my life elsewhere, including Italy, the Netherlands, Wales, France and New Mexico (at UWC USA). Last year, I studied abroad in Florence. At Smith, I’m majoring in architecture and Italian, and have been involved with dining services, the Smith College Chorus, the Campus School, and the Center for Early Childhood Education. When I first arrived at Smith, ISP not only introduced me to campus and U.S. culture, but also provided a warm, supportive space to make friends with people from around the world. I’m thrilled to be an ISP leader this year and can’t wait to welcome the incoming international students to their life as Smithies.


Esther Ishimwe

Esther Jeanne Ishimwe ’22

Kigali, Rwanda

Architecture & Urbanism

I live in Baldwin House, and if you are there you might see me participate in most house activities. For my first year, I was the first-year rep for the class of ’22 in the International Students Organization, and I’ll be one of the cultural chairs this year. I took a bunch of different classes during my first year because I was still undecided, however browsing through classes made realize that I love architecture due to the fact that it’s a combination of science and art, both of which I love. ISP was my best time at Smith because aside from meeting all of my close friends there, I learned a lot about the inclusive Smith community. Realizing how much our ISP leaders helped us during that difficult transition, I decided that I wanted to help the next class find their home at Smith. Congrats on making it!


Lily Jin

Lily Jin ’22

Shanghai, China

Undecided major

Hi, international Smithies! I’m Lily, and I live in Morris House. I’m the treasurer of Sazanami and the marketing director in Consulting Club. I am going to participate in the pre-orientation as an ISP leader because I want to welcome and help the new international Smithies know the campus and the idea that they are always surrounded by supportive friends. I look forward to getting to know you all!


Juliana Lacerda Pyrrho

Juliana Lacerda Pyrrho ’21

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Hi, class of 2023! I’m an economics major (and possibly a minor in government), although I spent most of my first two years deciding between that and biology. I’ve lived in Cutter House from day one and I’ve been a part of house council both years (as a health representative and as treasurer). Also, I’m an active member of the ISO (International Students Organization) and the treasurer for this upcoming year, and I was in the archery club and a senator in the SGA my first year. ISP is such a beautiful, scary and exciting time, and I remember learning a lot, enjoying my time and meeting incredibly wonderful people that first week. I was a leader last year,too, and I can’t wait to see and meet all of you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or anything at all.


Yena Li

Yena Li ’21

Shenzhen, China


My name is Yena Li. I have three “homes” at Smith—my room in Cutter, the tennis courts and Sage Hall. I love tennis and piano with my soul and I’m one of the members of the Smith tennis team. I was also one of the HONs at Cutter House last year. When I first came to Smith, I had a hard transition. However, I had some great ISP leaders who showed me around and gave me suggestions. They helped me to believe that I belong at Smith, and I really appreciate them. I would like to become someone like them and offer as much as I have to the new students.


Mai Ngo

Mai Ngo ’20

Hanoi, Vietnam

Computer Science and French

My name is Mai. During my first two years at Smith, I co-chaired the Vietnamese Students Association, worked at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness as a health representative, and worked at the ISSO as communications intern (during which I learned a lot about graphic design, making engaging newsletters and effective outreach on social media). I spent my entire junior year studying abroad in Paris, and I absolutely loved it! This will be my second ISP as a leader, and I’m so excited to meet everyone. Going to college in a different country can be a challenging experience for many of you, and I want nothing more than to help guide you through your first days at Smith, and to remain one of the resources you can always turn to for help, even after ISP. Welcome class of 2023. I can't wait to meet you!


Nouhaila Norredine

Nouhaila Norredine ’20



Hi there! On campus I am extremely involved with the Conway Center. which is the center for entrepreneurship. I also spent all of last year studying abroad in London and traveling all over Europe. When I was a first year I remember how much I loved ISP and how much it helped me transition into moving into a new college and country all by myself. As a senior I am so excited to see all the new Smithies and welcome them to Smith!


Ahana Raina

Ahana Raina ’20

Mumbai, India

Economics and Sociology

I was studying abroad at London School of Economics for my junior year and excited to get back to Smith. I have been part of a couple of different organzations during my first three years. I am a part of EKTA (South Asian Organization), on the curriculum committee and was the Duckett house president by sophomore year. I lived in different cities before arriving at Smith, so I understand the challenges that come along with moving into new environments. By being a part of the ISP, I would love to be able to help other students adjust into their new environment at Smith. ISP for me was such a wonderful experience, and I want to be able to do that for all of you as well!


Vatsala Ramanan

Vatsala Ramanan ’22

New Delhi, India

Economics and Government

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Smith! Over the past year I have spent my time on campus as an active member of EKTA (the South Asian Students Organization), the Rotaract Club, the Debate Society and the Consulting Club. I was also a photographer for the wellness center, which was a lot of fun. Being involved in these organizations and activities has allowed me to meet some wonderful people and make amazing friends. ISP was an extremely special experience for me. Some of my closest friends on campus are people I met during the program. I joined the lSP leadership team because I wanted to help ensure that incoming international Smithies have the same positive start at Smith that I did. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!


Simin Saba Royesh

Simin Saba Royesh ’21J


Education and Child Study

Other than classes, over the past three years I have been involved with different cultural organizations such as ISO, Al-Iman, Outdoor Club, and Office of Residential Life. On top of these, during my senior year I will also be joining the Jandon Center STEM Outreach program as the McKinley Honors fellow to conduct my research on ways to use modern technology to close the gender gap within the STEM field. As a rising senior, I wanted to be an ISP leader mainly because I needed to revisit the energy and the vibe that ISP groups bring to the campus upon their arrival. This includes the excitement of the International Students Office in designing the t-shirts, training ISP leaders, and planning a range of ISP events, from working with the dining staff  to show off their best cooking skills during every meal while also trying to minimize the summer heat with different flavors of ice cream, to the ISP leaders’ efforts to make the campus appeal as a home as much as possible. This is all to welcome our new international Smithies!


Cailey Seo

Jiwoo Seo ’21

Seoul, South Korea


This past year I’ve been involved in KSA (Korean Students Association), Duct Tape Productions and as a lab assistant in the Engineering Playground. ISP was a great experience for me, and I’m really excited to be a part of your ISP experience!


Whitney Mutalemwa

Whitney Mutalemwa ’20

Arusha, Tanzania

Mathematics, Statistics and Data Sciences

Karibu, Smithies! My hometown is Arusha, Tanzania, but my second home is Chapin House. My hope is to help you adjust to life at Smith because I was in the same position as you, and luckily for me, ISSO picked very helpful Smithies to give me insight on this new environment. In my downtime, I love planning events either as the special events chair for the Student Event Committee (SEC), or as a member of the Student Ambassador Program’s events subcommittee. For the second year in a row, I am the treasurer of the Black Students’ Alliance (BSA), and we throw the best parties of the year! The intersection of religion and social activism is central to my core values, hence that is why I’m on the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life advisory board, and, as an animal lover, a member of Animal Advocates. I work at the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which is one of the coolest places to work on campus. My key interests include intersectional animal rights, vegetarianism and selective veganism, electronic dance music, Wikipedia and being critical about student government. Feel free to get in contact with me about anything.