Peralta Colleges

Office of International Education


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PCCD has cancelled all classes until April 6th in light of the "Shelter in Place" impacting the Bay Area. Please read PCCD's full statement for details as well as  SF Chronicle's Shelter in Place article.

Our office continues to be available online at We are responding to emails during normal business hours - although there may be some delays due to the adjustment we have working from home.

Please let us know your concerns, questions, or anything else that comes to mind.

PCCD and its colleges will be closed through Saturday March 21st. The Office of International Education will continue to provide services but they will be limited. This announcement made by Chancellor Stanback Stroud can be found HERE.
Our office is planning a series of Zoom meetings next week where we can answer questions you may have. We will also review how we might be able to accommodate emergency in-person support through this closure.
In the meantime, the best way to connect with our office staff is by email. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have:

Enrollment, Travel, & Health Insurance:

Michael Goldberg (
Matthew Jones (


Karla David (
Nha Le (

Outreach & Support:

Mang-Ling Cho (
Annie Liu (


Drew Gephart (

General Inquiries:

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Emailed to students on Wednesday, March 16th, 2020

As you may know, the Peralta Colleges have cancelled classes the remainder of the week and Spring Break has been moved to next week. This means that there are no classes until Monday March 23rd.

When classes resume, most will be delivered online with some exceptions. It is my understanding that your teachers will communicate this to you directly and that information will be more readily available as soon as possible. Please be sure to check your student emails during the next week for these and other important updates.
If you are considering departing the country at any time during in the upcoming months, we encourage you to review CDC Travel Guidance, CBP, and Department of State, and meet with your DSO before departing the country during the semester or during summer break. There are many travel restrictions in place – including many countries in Europe.

Our office understands that there may be circumstances where you must depart the country and we are always here to support you.
Student Resources:

PCCD’s Coronavirus Page: This page will have updates from PCCD about our steps
Student Resources for Online/Hybrid Classes: Resources for classes being moved online

Portal to Canvas: Where online courses are located

CDC guidance on Protecting Yourself

CPT/OPT Impact:
If you have employment that is interrupted due to COVID-19, please communicate with the DSO that authorized your employment.

Our thoughts are also with each of you. We hope that all of you take precautions to remain healthy and get treatment when needed. We are also thinking of all of your families local and international that are being impacted by this. We understand that this may create hardships and uncertainty in times ahead. Please be safe, smart, and let us know how we can help.


Thomas Torres-Gil, PDSO
Director of International Services & Student Support

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Listen Here:

Episode #4 - Join host, Drew Gephart, as he speaks to Petra Maria and Louis Goltz, the leaders of Laney College’s Cosmetology in London Study Abroad program which has been running since 2017. Hear about the students who went on the program and the lives that have been touched. Also, this show’s International Student Spotlight is with Lydia who is an international Student from London currently studying at the Peralta Colleges. And a special visit from International Program Manager, Michael Goldberg, sharing about International Education Week activities taking place on campus to spread the appreciation of other cultures and international students.

Previous episodes also available!!!

Episode #3 - Gaye Walton-Price (Arabic Faculty, Berkeley City College) and Barbara Alothaimmeen (Study Abroad Student) share their experiences studying abroad in Egypt. Thomas Torres-Gil (Director of International Education, Peralta Colleges) discusses his vision for the international program and his experience studying abroad in Chile. Featuring: International Student Spotlight with Shashwat Bajaj from Sri Lanka and Interview with Sheila Bostic who also studied abroad in Egypt and Jamaica. Hosted by Drew Gephart (International Services Manager, Peralta Colleges)

Episode #2 - Florentino Ubungen (International Outreach Advisor, SFSU), Simon Chan (Business Faculty, Merritt College) and Matthew Jones (International Program Manager, Peralta Colleges) share stories ranging from playing baseball in the Philippines, taking students abroad to Japan and China and supporting international students’ success through advising and activities. Hosted by Drew Gephart (International Services Manager, Peralta Colleges)

Episode #1 - Aldane Walters (International Student from Jamaica/Host of Feel Alright) and Andrea V. Lee (Department Chair of Dance, Laney College) discuss life in Jamaica to the U.S., and an inspiring study abroad program to Ghana. Hosted by Drew Gephart (International Services Manager, Peralta Colleges)

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