Beyond Global Spartan Welcome


Beyond Global Spartan Welcome (GSW) is an opportunity to connect with our Global Spartan Community, explore cultural topics, and prepare for academic success. Open to all international students and scholars, Beyond GSW is designed to help you navigate cultural, social, and academic transitions.

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Getting Ready for Grad School | Cultural Conversations  |  Global Leader Chats   Workshops


Getting Ready for Grad School

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | Student Union Theater (near Starbucks)

  • 9:45 AM Doors Open/Check-in (Student Union Theater)
  • 10:00-11:30 Formal Program (Student Union Theater)
  • 11:30-12:30 Optional Networking* (location to be announced)

Want to feel more confident as you start your Masters program at SJSU? Join ISSS for an in-person Getting Ready for Grad School event, where you will learn about important campus resources, network with your peers, and gain tips and advice from your seniors. You’ll hear from the College of Graduate Studies, the Career Center, the Writing Center, and the Library. Then, you’ll get a chance to meet and talk with continuing graduate students. Save your spot andregister today!

*Optional networking is open to those who join us for the formal program, as space is limited.

Getting Ready for Grad School  is part of our Beyond Global Spartan Welcome (GSW) program, designed to supplement GSW content and ease the transition of new international students. This event is sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies.


Cultural Conversations

Have you ever wondered why Americans introduce themselves with pronouns like “they, them, theirs” or wanted to better understand what academic integrity means? Cultural Conversations introduces you to aspects of American culture that you may have heard about, but have not had the chance to explore. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your perspective and engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue.

Understanding U.S. Academic Culture

In this Cultural Conversation, we’ll discuss how culture can impact our beliefs, behaviors, and interactions in an academic setting. The expectations and “norms” of the educational system you grew up in might be quite different than what you’ll find in the U.S. We’ll take a closer look at U.S. academic culture, and we’ll share tips and strategies to help you on your way to academic success!

  • Marta Ramirez-Rodenas, Engineering Graduate and International Student Advisor, Engineering Student Success Center
  • Keri Toma, International Programs Manager, ISSS

Friday, August 18, 2023 | 2:30-4:00 PM | Student Union Meeting Room 1A/B
Register today *This is an in-person event.

Global Leader Chats

Get peer-to-peer advice on everyday life, and connect with other international students. Each session is facilitated by our Global Leaders and focuses on a particular topic.

Making Friends & Getting Involved

Monday, August 21, 2023 | 3:00-4:00 PM | Student Union Mtg Rm 1A (in-person)

Join us in this interactive presentation as we delve into the art of making friends, where you’ll discover how to engage in campus activities and foster meaningful relationships, all while prioritizing well-being and academic success.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Harsha, Avinash, and Dania

Study & Job Search Tips for International Students

Thursday, August 24, 2023 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Via Zoom
Friday, September 15, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Student Union Mtg Rm 2A (in-person)

Let us help you with your journey of academic success and securing that awesome position upon graduation!

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Shanivi, Joyce, and Nick

Time Management

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 11:00-12:00 PM | Student Union Meeting Rm 3A (in-person)

Gain tips and tricks to managing your time and balancing academics, social activities, and home life.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Devansh, Shanivi, Joyce

Virtual Downtown Tour

Monday, August 28, 2023 | 6:00-7:00 PM | Via Zoom

NEW! Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | 6:00-7:00 PM | Via Zoom

Embark on an exciting ‘Virtual Downtown Tour’ as we explore the vibrant and diverse experiences awaiting you in the heart of the city. Discover a plethora of activities, entertainment, dining and culture, all from the comfort of your screen.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Harsha, Avinash, and Vinav



Learn about campus resources as well as tips and tools to ease your transition to SJSU.

F-1 Employment Options

ISSS International Student Advisors, will give more information about employment options for students in F-1 visa status. 
Facilitators: Suzanne Pendergrass, ISSS


Writing Workshop Series

ISSS is teaming up with the Writing Center to offer a series of writing workshops each semester. Register and learn more. 

Facilitator: Amy Russo, SJSU Writing Center


Career Workshop Series

ISSS and the Career Center partner to bring you a series of Career webinars and panels each semester. Register and learn more.

For OPT Workshops, please visit our F-1 Employment Workshops page.