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During these unprecedented times, support and services for international students have become more essential than ever. Through the Emergency Student Fund (ESF), IIE is able to respond to urgent crises in an immediate and effective manner by providing financial support to students when emergencies in their home countries, or globally such as COVID-19, threaten to jeopardize the completion of their studies. To support international students, which in turn also supports the local economy and our campuses, the Office of International Education (OIE) nominated international students who were not able to return to their home countries over the summer break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who demonstrated a high financial need to cover their living expenses.
The Institute of International Education granted 18 of our international students with an Emergency Student Fund totaling $44,500! Eight students were awarded $1,500 during Fall 2020, 9 students were awarded $2,500 in Spring 2020, and most recently 1 student WAS AWARDED $10,000!!!
The Office of International Education also provided book cards to students totaling $2,700.
The OIE and IIE received an overwhelming response to their call of nominations for the ESF: COVID-19 Response. IIE Network members nominated approximately 1,400 students for the 309 ESF awards available at this time and had to make some highly difficult decisions. IIE ESF grantees were selected based on their demonstrated financial need and they regret that they could not provide support to a greater number of nominees, including our other students who applied. We remain sympathetic to the challenges students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, should additional funding become available, we will inform our students immediately.

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International Education Week (IEW), November 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.The Office of International Education invites you to celebrate International Education Week November 16-19. With lectures, panels, films, and even a talent show, there is something that is sure to virtually transport you to another part of the world.We kick off the week on Monday November 16 with a STUDY ABROAD PANEL (12:00pm) featuring faculty and students who have previously participated in these programs. Come learn from their experiences and how and where you can study abroad with Peralta in the future. Think of teaching or studying Business in Japan, English in Belize, Dance in Ghana, Economics in France and Germany, and more!Tuesday November 17 offers two events including an EXPLORATION OF FUTURE ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL SCIENCE SCENARIOS (9:30am) with COA Political Science professor Robert Brem, and a PEACE CORPS PANEL (12:00pm) to learn about volunteer opportunities around the world.Join us on Wednesday, November 18 for INTERNATIONAL FILM SCREENING: SOFTIE(3:00pm).  We will be watching Softie, a 2020 film documenting political activism in Kenya, followed by a discussion on themes of activism, politics, and more.Our week ends on Thursday, November 19 with INTERNATIONALS GOT TALENT (1:00pm), our first ever international student talent competition! With an esteemed panel of judges and amazing prizes you will be in for an afternoon of laughs and fun.International students contribute so much to our colleges and local communities. At the Peralta Community College District we enroll more than 700 students from 60+ counties in a broad array of academic programs from Culinary and Computer Information Systems to Business and Architecture and much more. Come support our international programs in celebration of International Education Week. See you there!

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Check out Episode #8 of the International Conversations Podcast to hear an interview with Daisy! All Episodes of International Conversations can be found online at Or also available on Apple Podcast and Spotify

My name is Daisy and I am from Brazil. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and I have 5 years of experience working at a hospital in pediatrics. I am currently enrolled in the Paralegal program because I always liked to read and learn about laws ever since I was a child, but because I come from a family of medical professionals, I ended up following their footsteps and went into the medical field upon graduating from college. After working for 5 years as a nurse, I decided to go back to school to follow my dream and become a paralegal and maybe in the future, go to the law school and become an attorney. Since Unites States is world renown for having the best education system in the world, I decided to come here to realize my dream and study in the law field. Something I consider interesting about myself is I can speak four languages since I learned Portuguese in Brazil, Italian in my family home, Spanish when I used to live in Chile during an internship, and English since I moved to the United States. Lastly, I did an overseas internship in France, so I can speak minimal French. I am really happy about the possibility of having the option of two career paths since I am really passionate about helping people as a nurse, but I also want to work in the law field as well. Being able to study here in the United States is a wonderful experience because I can have one of the best educations in the world, while also enjoy living in a country that has a lot of interesting cultures!

Check out alumni spotlight featuring BCC graduate, Joshua Ahazie. Learn about student clubs, planned International Education Week activities, and get expert guidance on transfer and program extensions processes.
Click the links below to download the PowerPoint presentation or watch the recording!

International Student Update Presentation

International Student Update Zoom Recording

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