Global Connections

Learn, explore, connect!

Open to all students.

Join our weekly Global Connections meetup to connect with people from around the world, explore cultural topics, and learn tips for improving your overall well being. 

Each week we rotate through different themes:

  • S=Social: Meet others, play games, and hang out.
  • C=Culture: Develop intercultural skills and explore cultural topics.   
  • W=Wellness: Tips & tricks to a healthy mind and body.
  • D=Diversity in America: Learn, share, and ask about diversity in the U.S.

In fall 2023 we'll meet every Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (PT). Most sessions will be virtual, but there is one in-person meeting per month. Please refer to the schedule below. Everyone is welcome!

Global Connections is brought to you by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), International Gateways, and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

Fall 2023 Schedule 

Global Connections Fall Kick Off! [social event]
August, 28, 2023| In-Person at Student Union Meeting Room 4A

This is our first meeting of the semester. We hope you'll join us for fun and games! Connect with peers and SJSU staff who are here to support you. Learn more about Global Connections. 

September 4, 2023 | LABOR DAY HOLIDAY **No Global Connections

Making Friends & Getting Involved [social & cultural topic]
September 11, 2023 | In-person, CPGE 1004

Join Global Leaders 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.

Fun & Games [social event]
September 18, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Take a study break and get to know others through fun games! This event will take place in-person!

Mid-Autumn Festivals [cultural topic]
September 25, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Many cultures have festivals in the fall to celebrate the change of season or the harvest. Examples might include the Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Celebration. Come and share your culture's fall traditions and learn about other fall festivals around the world.

International Karaoke [social & cultural event]
October 2, 2023 | In-person at Student Union Meeting Rm 4

Come and hang out with us as we open the mic up to songs from around the world! 

The History of American Slang & Idioms [cultural topic]
October 9, 2023 | In-person in CPGE 1004

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.

Wellness 101: Taking Care of Yourself [wellness topic]
October 16, 2023 | Online

Meeting ID: 822 8589 3934 Passcode: 526028

This session will focus on learning about ways to manage stress and how to try to engage in a balanced life. We will also discuss what wellness looks like across the globe as well and learn from each other on how we can take care of ourselves and others better!

Fun & Games [social event]
October 23, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Take a study break and get to know others through fun games! This event will take place in-person!

Halloween Festivities [social & culture]
October 30, 2023 | In-person on 7th Street near the Arch

Get into the Halloween spirit and join us for some fun Halloween-themed activities, including sharing ghost stories from around the world.

Stress Management 101 [wellness topic]
November 6, 2023 | Online

Meeting ID: 822 8589 3934 Passcode: 526028

This workshop will focus on identifying what stress is, stress unique to international students, how it impacts your health and mental health, and how to manage stress better. 

Celebrating Diwali [culture & social]
November 13, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Learn how Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in India.

Thanksgiving & Other Celebrations [culture & social]
November 20, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

This week we're talking about Thanksgiving and other celebrations around the world. Come share your story and learn from others!

Colorful Connections: Paint your stress away! [social & wellness event]
November 27, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Rest your brain and let your creative juices take over. Paint brushes, paint, and canvases will be provided. 

De-Stress Activities [social & wellness event]
December 4, 2023 | In-person at CPGE 1004

Our final Global Connections meeting of the semester will give you an opportunity to reflect and relax through puzzles and arts and crafts. Stop by and take a well-deserved study break!