EVENTS & PROGRAMS 

The International Services Office (ISO) is committed to improving the student life experience of all GW international students and scholars through programming and hosts ~80 events each academic year.

 

The ISO’s Programming is intentionally built around 4 support areas for international students, which include:

 

1. Orientation and Adjustment

2. Immigration Support

3. Professional and Career Support

4. Social and Cultural Exchange


FALL 2020 EVENTS

The International Services Office (ISO) is committed to providing support and resources to all GW international students and scholars this Fall. We are HERE for YOU! We invite you to connect with us VIRTUALLY this semester.

ISO Global Insider Newsletter

To keep up with the latest news for the GW international community, we encourage you to sign up for the ISO’s monthly newsletter. The Global Insider newsletter will include important news, immigration updates, event announcements, interesting student stories, fun self-care activities, and so much more! Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here!

Global Insider First Edition: Tuesday, September 1
Global Insider Second Edition: Tuesday, October 6
Global Insider Third Edition: Tuesday, November 10
Global Insider Fourth Edition: Tuesday, December 1

ORIENTATION & ADJUSTMENT

Live Q & A with the ISCAs

GW International Students & Scholars! The ISO invites you to join us for our fall 2020 semester kick-off webinar! At the webinar, the International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCA) will lead engaging discussions about the international student experience (covering the undergraduate and graduate student experiences) at GW, share effective virtual learning success tips for the fall semester, talk about safety precautions for students on and off campus, and answer all your questions.
Date: Tuesday, August 25 @ 11AM | A recording of the webinar is available here!

Virtual Forum for International Students

Check out this virtual forum hosted by GW leadership to learn more about the university's plans for the Fall.


IMMIGRATION SUPPORT

Curricular Practical Training

Do you plan to work or participate in internships during your time as an international student at GW? We invite you to join this webinar hosted by the ISO’s expert advisors to learn how to obtain work authorization while on an F-1 visa.
CPT Session 1: Thursday, September 10 @ 2PM | A recording of the webinar is available here!
CPT Session 2: Thursday, November 12 @ 1PM | Register on Webex

Optional Practical Training

Are you interested in employment in the U.S. following completion of your program? We invite you to join this webinar hosted by the ISO’s expert advisors to learn how to obtain post-graduation work authorization while on an F-1 visa.
OPT Session 1: Tuesday, September 15 @ 1PM | A recording of the webinar is available here!
OPT Session 2: Wednesday, November 18 @ 12PM | Register on Webex

J-1 Employment and Academic Training

This webinar is for J-1 international students and scholars only. Join the ISO to learn about employment and academic training opportunities as well as how to maintain your status while working. J-2 work authorization procedures will also be discussed.
Date: Wednesday, October 21 @ 11AM | Register on Webex

Legal Resources for International Student Entrepreneurs

Many of the most innovative and fastest growing businesses in the U.S. have been founded by foreign nationals working or studying in the United States. The GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the International Services Office, will host this brief virtual lecture on general guidance for how current international students can navigate the U.S. immigration system. This lecture will discuss the immigration options available to GW international students as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams through creating a business or start up.
Date: Wednesday, October 28 @ 10AM | Register on Eventbrite

PROFESSIONAL & CAREER SUPPORT

All About Networking

Join the ISO, Center for Career Services, and International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCAs) to learn about the #1 job search strategy: networking! We will help you identify strategies to develop your verbal communication skills so that you can effectively promote yourself to potential employers. We will also discuss tips for networking online, particularly on LinkedIn.
Date: Wednesday, September 23 @ 1PM | A recording of the webinar is available here!

Job & Internship Search Process

Join the ISO, Center for Career Services, and International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCA) for this webinar about the job and internship search process in the current environment. We will discuss useful tips and share resources on how to effectively search and apply for jobs and internships in this new reality.
Date: Thursday, October 22 @ 2PM | Register on Webex

Ace Your Interviews

Join the ISO, Center for Career Services, and ISCAs to learn about effective preparation tips and communication strategies that will increase your confidence and help you stand out at virtual and in-person job interviews.
Date: Thursday, November 19 @ 11AM | Register on Webex

SOCIAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Friday Funday

Join the International Student Community Ambassadors every Friday for fun virtual activities and interesting conversations! There will be games and trivia, movie nights, speed meet-and-greets, music & talent showcases, global food parties, and so much more! The perfect way to end your week is a Friday Funday with the ISCAs :)
Trivia Game Night: Friday, September 4 @ 3PM | Get your game on and join the fun on Webex!
Speed Meet & Greet: Friday, September 11 @ 3PM | Ready to meet new friends? Let's connect on Zoom!
Movie Night: Friday, September 18 @ 7:30PM | Grab some popcorn and join the party on Zoom!
Table Talk: Friday, September 25 @ 3PM | Join the ISCAs for interesting conversations on Zoom!
Global Food Party: Friday, October 2 @ 3PM | Grab your favorite snack and join the ISCAs on Zoom!

International Student Support Podcast Series

Check out the ISO’s podcast series centered around an international student’s guide to dealing with the covid-19 pandemic. We discuss relevant topics and resources for the international community with a focus on immigration regulation updates, health and wellness, academic success, career & professional development. Each episode features staff from the ISO, the International Student Community Ambassadors, international students from different parts of the world, and GW campus partners. Listen to our podcasts here!

Talk to an International Student Community Ambassador (ISCA)

Do you need a friend to talk to? Are you interested in learning about all the resources and support available to you as an international student at GW? Connect with the ISCAs! They are international students JUST LIKE YOU and are here to be your friend and help you make the most of your time at GW!