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

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 3:00-4:30 PM (optional networking 4:30-5:00 PM)
Student Union Ballroom C | Register here

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 and register today!

Doors open at 2:45 PM. The official program is from 3:00-4:30 PM, with optional networking time from 4:30-5:00 PM.

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, January 20, 2023 | 3:00-4:30 PM | Student Union Meeting Room 4A
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.


Quick Guide for New International Students

Get peer-to-peer advice on life as an international student!

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Sarthak, Shanivi, Aadarsha


Getting Around Town

Learn about transportation options in San Jose and in the Bay Area, how to get a Clipper Card, and how to ride VTA light rail and buses.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Jeet, Shanivi, Sarthak


Good Eats

Join us to see amazing eateries and meal options around the Bay. Resources to a healthy and nutritional diet.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Colin, Aadarsha, Shanivi


Health & Wellness Tips

Global Leaders share tips on keeping healthy and improving your overall wellness as you deal with the stress of transition to life in a new culture.

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Colin, Michelle, Sarthak


Making Friends & Getting Involved

Looking to meet new friends? Join us for some fun activities and tips on making friends in the virtual environment!

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Jeet, Shanivi, Sarthak


Study & Job Search Tips for International Students 

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

Facilitated by Global Leaders: Aadarsha, Shanivi, Sarthak



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. Register and learn more.
Facilitators: Suzanne Pendergrass, ISSS

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:00pm-5:00pm


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.