Global Spartan Month

Global Spartan Month

Join us in celebrating international education and exchange throughout the month of March. Learn about new cultures and share your own. Discover opportunities to study abroad, make global connections and expand your worldview right here on campus. Global Spartan Month is for everyone - students, staff, and faculty. Learn, share and connect with our #GlobalSpartan community! 

  Featured Events     Make Connections  
  Study Abroad & Away     Workshops  


Global Spartan Month is hosted by the CPGE units below and partner units throughout the campus. Follow us on social media for the latest news and events. 

  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)– Follow ISSS on Instagram and Facebook
  • Study Abroad and Away (SAA) – Follow SAA on Instagram and Facebook
  • International Gateways (IG)– Follow IG on Instagram and Facebook
  • International House (I-House)– Follow I-House on Instagram and Facebook
  • Business Development & External Relations (BDER)– Learn more about BDER here


Featured Events

Global Spartan Month Fair

March 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | 7th Street Paseo

Join us as we kick off Global Spartan Month! The Global Spartan Month fair will include something for everyone - the Boulevard of Languages, global opportunities, entertainment by cultural groups, and more. Join us to win prizes, have fun, and connect with one another!


I-House Lawn Games

March 22, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Tower Lawn

Join International House on Tower Lawn for yard games and relaxation between classes and during lunch. Students will be able to meet others, bring their friends, and enjoy time together in a laid back environment. A great way to connect on campus and to learn more about SJSU International House.


Photo Contest

Enter our annual Global Spartan Photo Contest and share your unique cultural perspective through photography! Prizes will be awarded to our Top 3 Fan Favorite photos and our committee-selected Most Impactful Narrative winner. Learn more.


Instagram Takeover

Follow along with a new #GlobalSpartan each week in March as they they share their experiences on and around campus. Follow on the ISSS Instagram.


Maryam: A woman  of  Bethlehem

March 23-25, 2022 | In-person and Live-Stream | Find out more

Who is Mary/Maryam in 21st century Bethlehem, Palestine? What role does she play in this occupied, politicized land? Mary is the Christian mother of Jesus and Maryam, the Islamic mother of Isa. Two Palestinian actresses play 22 characters, both Christian and Muslim. Through their stories, the everyday lives of Palestinian men and women, particularly women, are revealed. This project is underwritten by grants from the Sam Mazza Foundation and San José State University. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant. Event is free, but tickets are required.


Study Abroad & Away

Study Abroad & Away 101

View On-Demand

View the Study Abroad & Away 101 video to learn essential information about study abroad and away. All students should watch the video before applying for a program. 


Money Matters: Financing Your Study Abroad

March 4, 2022 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | Join SAA event

Hosted by SAA; Presenters: Erin Kelly-Weber, Carolyn Guel, and Jenisha McCoy

Are you interested in studying abroad but not sure how much it costs or how to pay for it? Come join staff from the Study Abroad and Away office and the Financial Aid office, as we break down different program costs, explain how you can use financial aid and scholarships to fund your program, and give valuable tips on budgeting and more!


Fulbright Info Session: Study, Research, or Teach Abroad

March 7, 2022 | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM | Join Fulbright event

Hosted by SAA

Have you ever thought about studying, researching, or teaching abroad? Join us to learn how you can receive a Fulbright grant while you immerse yourself in another community, gain valuable professional skills, and explore the world.


Finding the Best Study Abroad Program for You!

March 8, 2022 | 1:30 PM-2:30 PM | Join SAA event

Hosted by SAA

Are you interested in studying abroad or away but not sure where to begin? Tune in to learn about how to search for a study abroad program and start your adventure today!


Peace Corps: Info Session

March 15, 2022 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM | Join SAA event

Hosted by SAA; Presenter: Brianna Maltez

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this information session to learn about volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

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Make Connections

Global Connections

Multiple topics as listed below, click the date to join. Hosted by ISSS, International Gateways, CAPS

Favorite International Movies & TV Shows

March 1, 2022 | 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Who doesn't like a good TV show or movie? Come share about your favorite TV show or movie from your home culture. Get global recommendations from your peers.

Fun & Games

March 8, 2022 | 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Take a study break and get to know others through fun online games!

Meanings and Origins of American Idioms and Slang

March 15, 2022 | 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Explore the meanings and origins of everyday expressions and learn how they might be different from what you're used to. Join our cultural discussion to learn more. 

Nowruz: Persian New Year Celebration

March 22, 2022 | 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Come celebrate and learn about Nowruz, the Persian New Year!


Thursday Tea Time

Our peer-led weekly meetup is a great place to meet new people! Come hang out with fellow students, meet new people, relax, and have a good time. Multiple dates and times, click below to join.

Hosted by ISSS

March 3, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

March 10, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

March 17, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

March 24, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM


Global Spartan Meetup

Meet new people and make friends in a social setting. Activites are picked by the group, and can include socializing on Tower Lawn, quick boba grab, or even bowling at the Student Union. We meet every other Friday! Join us and sign up here.

Hosted by ISSS

March 4, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

March 18, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Downtown Tour

March 8, 2022 | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM | Register here

Hosted by ISSS, I-House, Student Involvement, SJ Downtown Association

Curious about what San Jose is like off-campus? Join us on Tuesday, March 8th for a free Downtown San Jose Tour! Explore hidden art, local shops, and unique community sports. Keep in mind this is a two-hour walking tour; please dress comfortably. Space is limited, so register today!

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Harnessing Business English

March 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | Join this Workshop

Hosted by ISSS & the Writing Center; Presenter: Amy Russo

Working in a second language in a business setting is challenging. Getting your writing, tone, and etiquette right is critical to successfully completing job applications, communicating with potential employers, creating professional website bios, writing emails to employers and supervisors, and composing other kinds of job-related writing. This workshop is a general guide for how to use standard business English and etiquette when establishing a new professional contact. You will learn how to get your business tone just right, discuss formal email etiquette, and review helpful business English phrases.


SJSU International Student & Alumni Panel: Career Development through the Pandemic and Beyond

March 16, 2022 | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM | Join this session

Hosted by ISSS and the Career Center; Presenters: Joel Alvarez, Hazel Choi, and Manovikas Ramaswamy

SJSU International Student & Alumni share about the challenges and successes in searching for and finding internships and jobs through the pandemic. The panel will also discuss what it's like working during the COVID-19 years, and share their tips on the job search process, networking, and career development as a former international student.


Mindful Yoga: Your Self-Love Journey

March 16th | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Join this event

Hosted by ISSS & Lurie College of Education

This mindful yoga workshop gently guides you to be aware of the mind-body-heart connection. It supports you in connecting with LOVE within and around you and opening yourself to transformation. Please join us and bring your yoga mat for the workshop. This session is facilitated by Kyoung Mi Choi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counselor Education, Lurie College of Education.


Working with Your Perfektionism: A Workshop for International Students

March 23, 2022 | 2:00 PM-3:00 PM | Join this session

Hosted by ISSS and CAPS

Ever feel like you have certain standards that you try to meet but you have a hard time being satisfied? Ever find yourself being critical of yourself when you don't accomplish things the way that you want to? If so, you may be struggling with perfectionism. As an international student, the many and unique challenges you go through could also impact you to be more perfectionistic. This workshop will help you learn about what perfectionism is, how your international student experiences may impact you to develop perfectionism, and how to develop self-compassion to help you be an overall more successful and healthy SJSU student.


"What's in a name?" Name Pronunciation Series

Whether we were given a name or have elected to use a preferred name, our names are closely tied to our identities and an expression of who we are as a person. We might be scared to pronounce a name that looks unfamiliar to us, but oftentimes, the small act of trying to pronounce a name or asking about a name (rather than avoiding saying names) is greatly appreciated by the individual whose name we seek to pronounce.

Peer educators, tutors, mentors, staff and faculty are encouraged to join us for our "What's in a name?" series. Each of the workshops are facilitated by international students, who want to share more about their culture and language with you. We welcome you to join us for these interactive sessions. Click on a date and time below to register.

Vietnamese Names

March 9, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Facilitated by Global Leaders Mindy Trieu & Thi Bui

Chinese Names

March 11, 2022 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Facilitated by Global Leaders Yuyi Huang (Yuki) and Mengzhen (Melody) Zhao

Indian Names

March 18, 2022 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Facilitated by Global Leader Riya Shah and Aadesh Sharma


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