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The Office for International Students and Scholars enhances and supports the educational, cultural and social dimension of international education at Smith College. We promote a diverse learning environment, support essential services and programs and assist international students in meeting their educational and career goals.



OPT info session - Lewis Global Studies Center

Feb 10th 4:15-5:15pm

OPT info session - Lewis Global Studies Center

Feb 11th 5:00-6:00pm

Open Office Hours

Have a Question? Need something signed? Want to know more about something?

Come to our ISSO open office hours, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4pm. If you cannot make it during those hours, feel free to contact the office to make an appointmentat interstu@smith.edu



Looking into your post-graduate options and considering OPT? The ISSO will be holding four info sessions in the Lewis Gloabl Studies Center:

Wednesday Feb 10th, 4:15-5:15pm
Thursday Feb 11th, 5:00-6:00pm
Tuesday Feb 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm
Wednesday Feb 24th, 4:15-5:15pm

NOTE: In order to be able to apply for OPT, students are required to attend one of the four OPT info sessions.



Planing to work during J-term or Summer break? You might need a work authorization! Check out Student Employment and Training for details.


March 2nd 2016, 4:30 - 5:30pm
April 5th 2016, 5:00-6:00pm


Breaking news for opt stem extensions!

For those of you who are currently using - or hope to use - an OPT STEM extension, you may be aware that there is currently a court case that is underway to change (or possibly eliminate) this benefit.

As of Monday, January 25th, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was approved to have STEM extension benefits extended until at least May 10th. During this time, anyone currently using an OPT STEM extension is permitted to continue working. Anyone interested in applying for the STEM extension benefit can still apply and be approved. DHS will continue to pursue getting new regulations approved and in place before the new May deadline. Learn more about this decision here.

Currently using OPT?

Make sure you update the ISSO of any changes in your address and employment!

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Clark University tck/global nomads conference

Clark Universiy's 4th annual TCK/Global Nomad Conference Redefining Home: Evolving Identities in a Global World will take place on Saturday February 27th, 2016.

A Global Nomad or Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person of any age or nationality who has lived a significant part of his/her developmental years in one or more countries outside his/her passport country because of a parent's occupation.

Clark University hosts this conference annually to support, encourage, connect, and challenge those who identify as TCKs or Global Nomads and to provide resources to university faculty and staff who work with TCKs. All are welcome to attend!

Registration closes on Friday February 12th, 2016. Contact Santiago Deambrosi sdeambrosi@clarku.edu or Melina Toscani mtoscani@clarku.edu for more information.




Step 1: Download an Employment Evidence Form and have your supervisor fill it out.

Step 2: Come into ISSO with your form, and we will write you a letter and give you more information.

For additional information, visit the Social Security website.

Did not receive your tax return yet? Don't panic! You can go to www.irs.gov/Refunds to track your refund and get information about any steps that you have to take.

Additionally, you can try calling IRS or using Help function of Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) to find out what is causing the delay.

Read Our Tumblr

We have a Tumblr established last year for current students. Updated about twice a week during the school year, the Tumblr is managed by our office student staff and is a good place to find tips about events, as well as news from the office. Check out the Smith International Tumblr.