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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: Schedule a meeting with Dean Caitlin or with Claire Seely when it’s convenient for you!

August 25-30, 2022

ISP is a required program this year for any incoming international students utilizing a college-sponsored 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. 

We will focus on getting to know the international community at Smith, learning about your Smith resources as an international student, introducing U.S. social concepts/constructs, and supporting cultural transitions. In addition, students will have ample opportunity to meet with officials from Financial Aid, Health Services and other offices.


To register for ISP, please fill out our online form.  Please use your Smith email when registering. If you encounter issues with this, please let us know.

2022 ISP Schedule

Fall 2022 ISP's schedule is now live! There may be small changes, so make sure to check back here for the latest updates. We'll provide a print copy to all participants upon arrival as well.

ISP 2022 Schedule

We also plan to have a companion Moodle course to go along with ISP. For all those eligible to attend ISP, please stay tuned for access information to log into that course.

2022–23 ISP Leaders

ISP Leaders have attended the program themselves and can now help others adjust to the academic, cultural and social life at Smith.


Lana Sabbah ’23 | She/her


Psychology and Biology

Hello everyone! I am Lana Sabbah, an international student from Gaza,Palestine. I am currently a rising senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. I am excited about meeting all of you and extending my Smith family. Adjusting to college life in a new country might be challenging, we are here to support you in making this transition! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions on how to enjoy the process of becoming a smithies.



Marwa Anchassi ’25J | She/her



Hey, I am from Beirut, Lebanon and am also originally Palestinian. I have had a really interesting time being at Smith and I liked it and hopefully you will too. It took some time to figure out where buildings are as a person with a bad sense of direction but trust me you will figure it out sooner that you think! Being an ISP leader last year was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far, can’t wait to meet new international Smithies. ISP is a beautiful eventful time where international Smithies find comfort and make some meaningful friendships before starting college.



Betty Pu ’24 | She/her


Economics and Statistical & Data Sciences

Hi Class of 2026! Welcome to Smith! My name is Betty, a rising Junior from China double majoring in Quantitative Economics and SDS. I’m going to study abroad in Geneva Spring, 2023. I lived in Chase house the past year and I’m going to live in Tyler. I enjoy taking music and dance classes at Smith and I’m also a big fan of outdoor activities. I attended two ISPs — one online and one in-person — and both of them have been amazing experiences. ISP was a great opportunity to make connections when I first arrived at Smith. I’m excited to meet you all in August and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!



Grace Lwin ’25 | She/her


Quantitative Economics and Psychology

Hi everyone, I'm Grace, one of your ISP leaders! I come from Myanmar but I grew up mostly in Singapore. I'm a rising Sophomore student, majoring in Quantitative Economics and Psychology. I really enjoy dancing, doing sports and filming content. I am a member of the Smith K-Pop Dance Crew and I work at the cafe in Neilson Library. I also have a Youtube channel (called thegrapeabroad) where I post vlogs during my time here at Smith, so check it out if you haven't! My ISP was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences I have had- a great way to kick start into my Smith journey. ISP has given me a chance to bond with other international students, forming long-lasting friendships as we explore the new start together. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all. I hope as a team, we are able to provide you with an even better ISP experience and share our stories with you!!



Lucía González ’23 | She/her


Government and the Study of Women & Gender

Hi everyone! And welcome to Smith :) My name is Lucía and I am a rising senior majoring in Government and the Study of Women and Gender. I was born and raised in Uruguay, lived for a while in Venezuela, and attended high school in Japan (hello to my fellow UWCers!). I live in Comstock House and I have been involved with LASO (the Latin American Student Organization) since my first year. I love being on the Smith campus; I have yet to find another place where I feel as accepted and welcomed. I also really enjoy exploring Northampton and the surrounding areas (especially the restaurants and cafes, hmu if you ever want food recommendations!). I cannot wait to meet all of you! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat about anything! <3 See you soon!



Olivia Tatsutomi Kraft ’25 | She/her



Hi, I'm Olivia and I'm from Tokyo, Japan and Minnesota. I was born in MN, but lived in Tokyo since I was five. I went to a Japanese public elementary school, then to an international middle and high school. I'm the president of the running club, so definitely hmu if you're interested in joining!! I decided to be an ISP leader because the first week of college is such a special time when you meet your new friends that you will spend your next 4 years with, be able to officially call yourself a college student for the first time, and explore the campus and town. I wanted to be apart of this major stepping stone for you all and make it a fun memory!



Rhys Z. Vulpe ’23 | He/they


Computer Science and English

Welcome, incoming Smithies~ I am a rising senior from Bucharest, Romania. On campus, I frequent several spaces both related to my majors and entirely unrelated. I am planning to declare a collaborative leadership innovation concentration, I work as Program Coordinator of the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender, I run QUINTA (the anonymous queer & trans international student org), and I’m part of SKDC, the Smith K-Pop Dance Crew! Come talk to me about TV shows, films, songs, any form of media, any part of my majors, or many, many more!



Asmaa Zoheiri ’25 | She/her



Hi! I'm Asmaa, I'm an international rising sophomore at Smith, and I'm from Casablanca, Morocco. I'm so excited to become an ISP leader this year! When I first came to Smith, I was really anxious and scared to leave my family, but my first week of ISP was amazing! I met all of my best friends during that week and we had so much fun. This is one of the main reasons why I would like to become an ISP leader too this year. So, thank you ISP team for welcoming me and other international students, like you did, and for making Smith feel like a second home for me, and I hope that I will be able to do the same this year with our new first-year smithies! In terms of my involvement on campus, I was mainly focused on academics this year, and on adjusting to the classes and the workload. But, I also got the opportunity to be part of Smith cycle for a little less than a month, for which I got a job offer. It was so nice to go around campus collecting stuff for the common goods for the fall semester, I met some really nice people on campus, and I also got to visit literally all the houses on campus so, I guess we could say that I'm an expert now! I was also part of the FEEL dance club, with some of my international best friends! It was a really interesting club during which we tried so many disciplines like self-love meditation, yoga, and pole-dancing!



Sonia Paredes ’23 | She/her


Quantitative Economics and Statistical & Data Sciences

Hey all! My name is Sonia and I am a rising senior double majoring in Quantitative Economics and Statistical and Data Sciences. I am Chinese-Filipino and I call the Philippines my home. This fall, I am one of the chairs for the International Students Organization (ISO) and an analyst in the Smith Startup Consulting Group. I love meeting new people and I can’t wait to get to know more of you all. ISP, and just the international student community in general, made me feel super welcomed at Smith in my first year. I want to pass that feeling to you all as an ISP leader. Whether it is in the coming weeks, in classes, or at ISO events, feel free to reach out to me if you ever need anything, I am more than willing to help!



Theodora Xavier Bruscato ’25 | She/They


Quantitative Economics and Concentration: Global Financial Institutions

My name's Theo and I'm from Porto Alegre, Brazil. I'm part of the Consulting Club, Smithies in Business, and Futsal Club. I've decided to become an ISP leader to give back to the Smith community and help new international students. I want to make sure everyone feels as welcome as I did, and ready for their next four years at Smith.



Manal Fatima ’23 | She/her


Quantitative Economics and Middle East Studies

Congratulations! I am your fellow international Smithie from Pakistan, double-majoring in Quantitative Economics and Middle East Studies. Since my first year at Smith, I have been involved with various student organizations – archery, equestrian, EKTA (South Asian Organization), Al-Iman (Muslim Student Organizations), and my very own Fusayfsa' (Middle East Journal/Magazine). I have also worked as a research assistant for both my majors. ISP for me (other ISP leaders must have already said) was a warmth-filled transition into life at Smith and in the U.S. It helped me build a community that I could rely on throughout my time here. And that's the primary driver why this year (my senior year), I chose to shift roles and be that support for the incoming class of international Smithies. Welcome to your Smith home, Class of 2026!



Junru Wu ’23 | She/her


Government and Data Science

Hi everyone, welcome to Smith! My name is Junru (Ru) from China and I’m a rising senior majoring in government and data science. At Smith, I had been involved in the international students’ organization and Sazanami Japanese cultural club. With little international studying experience until college, ISP and the international community helped me with my transition at Smith. I felt welcomed and supported at ISP. This is my first time being an ISP leader, and I’m beyond excited to meet more international Smithies! I’m looking forward to seeing you all!



Mehreen Mirza ’25 | She/her



I am Mehreen from Dhaka, Bangladesh. When I first came to Smith, I was amazed by the welcoming community and homely environment. My ISP leaders helped me to feel at home at Smith, guiding me through the nuts and bolts of life as an international student as I initially struggled to adjust to the US. I wish to do the same for future ISP participants! I am involved in Smith Debate Society and Baldwin House Council, and look forward to welcoming more people to these communities!



Sonora Halili ’25 | She/her


Computer Science

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Smith! My name is Sonora and I'm a rising sophomore studying Computer Science. Home for me is Elbasan, Albania and the island of Chios, Greece. At Smith, I am involved in a software engineering research lab and the startup consulting group. I've been an international student for about a quarter of my life, but I had never felt like I belonged somewhere more than at Smith ISP. Although my experience was a little unusual, I felt loved and supported at every step of the way. I'm so excited to welcome you all on campus and help you navigate this exciting, inevitably scary time. I'd love to answer any questions about any aspect of being an international student. I'm so proud of you and can't wait to meet you.