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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.



ISSO's End of Year Clothing Collection

Until May 16th

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 appointment at interstu@smith.edu





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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ISP T-shirt design contest

We want your ideas for the ISP 2016 T-shirt!

International students, US permanent residents, and US citizens abroad are invited to participate. Submit your entry by the last day of classes, by Friday, April 29th via email to interstu@smith.edu. Get creative and show us, and the next class of International Smithies, what you've got! The winning entry will receive a $20 Faces gift card!

Guidelines: Acceptable submission files include Adobe Illustrator, EPS, PNG, or PDF. T-shirts will be printed on the front-side only. All submissions must be in black and white, and must include the following information: Smith College & ISP 2016

End of Year Clothing Collection

Graduating? Studying Abroad? Spring Cleaning? Donate your lightly used clothes at the Lewis Global Studies Center. Stop by the office on weekdays between 9am and 5pm!

We accept lightly used, clean clothes, winter coats, winter accessories, freshly laundered comforters and textbooks!



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.

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.