On November 18, 2015, a transfer workshop was held at College of Alameda’s Student Center to provide students with general information on transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, as well as other UCs and CSUs, such as San Francisco State University (SFSU). Present were Lin Larson from UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions; Brittany Anderson, counselor at UC Berkeley; Camille Santana, former SFSU counselor who is currently a counselor at COA; and Angela Khoo, Peralta international student and academic counselor at COA and Merritt College.
Over 20 students (international and domestic) attended the event and many questions were answered regarding the transfer process, admissions requirements and advice on writing a personal statement. The event was hosted by COA’s International Student Club; however, it was open to all students.
"The event was very helpful and informative. I learned that I needed to pay attention to some bundle classes that needed to be taken in the same campus. I hope there will be more events like this, so we students can learn more about the transferring process." - Thinh Tu, International student from Vietnam at COA.
We will host another transfer workshop next April, 2016.
On September 23, 2015, the Office of International Education of the Peralta Community College District held a Study Abroad Fair at Berkeley City College. On its second year, the Peralta Study Abroad Fair is an event where students from the Peralta Colleges can learn about study abroad opportunities through a PCCD program, through another college, or through any of the participating vendors.
The fair lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and included a special presentation on Cuban Animation by popular Cuban Animator, Daniel Rivas, that was facilitated by Paul Bardwil of Global Education Foundation, the organization assisting Berkeley City College’s Spanish Study Abroad in Cuba Program that is scheduled to run in May 28 to June 4, 2016.
Facilitated by Drew Gephart of the Office of International Education, the event was well attended by students from all levels, including International Students who are also eligible to join in a study abroad program of their choice. Several vendors, including those from the Peralta Colleges, as well as the Office of International Education, were present to showcase and to answer questions about their study abroad programs.
In case you were unable to attend, here is a list of this year’s attendees and vendors with their contact information:
Peralta Community College District
Drew Gephart – Peralta Study Abroad
Global Education Facilitation
Paul Bardwill – President
Anna Morris – Study & Intern Abroad Director
San Francisco State University
Janelle Waldrep – Study Abroad Advisor
Academic Programs International (API)
Leiann Mar – Campus Relations Representative
Institute of International Education
Katie Zee – Program Officer
San Mateo County Community College
Zaid Ghori – Director, Special International Programs
iNext International Insurance
Maggie Robinson – Senior Sale Executive
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Frank Serna – Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ron Felzer – Instructor
UC Berkeley Study Abroad
Lan Vu – Summer Abroad Program Coordinator
Johanna Andrade from Colombia – Laney College (Media Studies)
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia in a large and beautiful city located in South America. I have a BA in Communications and Journalism from my hometown, but I always wanted to study a degree in the video production field. As a result, I decided to started an AA in Media Communications with emphasis in Digital Video Production. I recently graduated with high honors and had the wonderful opportunity to do an internship at KTVU FOX news Channel 2. I am proud of being a latin woman who has inspired other people to come back to school. I though English would be a big barrier for my journey at school but I was wrong. I have accomplish a lot of things as professional and I still working hard to do more.
My message to the new international students at Peralta Colleges is to be strong in this new culture, in this journey. And don’t let anyone stop your dreams. I am still dreaming, working hard for my future projects and I believe that dreams can come true if you believe in yourself and your capacities.
This is a $500 scholarship awarded twice per year once in the spring and again in the fall to a single recipient each semester. Applicants must be a F1 International student, with at least one semester remaining at Peralta. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in good academic standing. Applicants must attach a completed Student Education Plan (SEP) showing their intent to earn an Associate's Degree, complete a certificate program or transfer to a 4 year university. Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a Peralta faculty person (Not from the International Office). Applicants must be involved in student activities.
Applicant must have at least one semester remaining at a Peralta College.
Applicant must be a F1 International student.
Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
More scholarships can be found at the Peralta Colleges Foundation Website at: https://peraltafoundation.awardspring.com/Home/Scholarships
Zumper apartment rental search is sponsoring a $1,000 college scholarship for Peralta Community College District. We'd love for International Students at Peralta Community College District to apply!
Scholarship link: https://www.zumper.com/apartments-scholarship
Scholarship details: We’re looking for outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it!
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