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On Tuesday, November 5th, the Office of International Education hosted 2 visitors from Ireland whose mission of the Institute of Study Abroad in Ireland is to provide authentic cultural and educational experiences in Ireland for community colleges with a focus on conflict resolution and peace studies. John O'Connell and Niamh Hamill spoke in Robert Brem's Comparative Government class at College of Alameda, as well as met with Laney staff and faculty to discuss future collaborations on bringing students to Ireland.

Click Here to Watch a Facebook Live Video Recording of the Presentation

To learn more about the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, please visit

A typical study trip to Ireland with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland is between 8 and 16 days in Ireland. Many lead faculty and global studies advisers begin the process by joining one of our site visits or professional development trips to Ireland. These short trips are an excellent way to prepare for a future study trip.

Each study trip is tailored to the requirements of the faculty and institution. We will design a program that will be a relevant and effective course component. This may be an interdisciplinary program, or it may be focused on a particular field of studies. Either way, our expert lecturers will work with you until the study program has the learning outcomes you require. Our team will make sure that the classroom work, field trips, cultural activities, meals and accommodation are all coordinated for you, that the program is academically robust and professional, safe, enjoyable and affordable.

Global Studies- Interdisciplinary Cultural Experience
Peace Studies, Civil Rights & Social Justice
Nursing & Healthcare
Literature/Arts/Theatre Studies
International Business Studies
Ecology, Environment and Sustainability
Women’s Studies
Sports Management/Sports Team Bootcamp
Criminal Justice


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On November 11, 2019, Peralta Colleges' Students, Staff, Friends and Family visited the brand new Chase Center which is the new home to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. The team played the Utah Jazz, and although they lost, it was an exciting game with a lot of energy from start to finish. A portion of each ticket sold went to support the Peralta Study Abroad programs, which in 2019 saw 8 programs send 110 students abroad. You can read the full report from 2019 programs by Clicking Here

To learn more about Peralta's Study Abroad programs, including our listing for 2020 programs, please visit: 

To give to our Study Abroad Foundation Account to support more students going abroad, please visit:

NEW: International Conversations Radio Show/Podcast Episodes (Live: 2nd Thursday each month at

PCCD International – Study Abroad YouTube Video Playlist

Study Abroad Opportunities for Community College Students and Strategies for Global Learning - IGI Publishers
Gephart, Drew A. “Low-Cost Initiatives for Expanding Study Abroad Opportunities” (Chapter 11 – pages 158-171)

Spring 2020 Enrollment Dates Available
Your spring 2020 enrollment dates are available through your Student Center. You can also view the Spring 2020 classes online as well. As always, we encourage that you enroll as soon as you can for your spring 2020 classes.
Post-Completion OPT
It’s not too late to apply for Post-Completion OPT! If you have petitioned to graduate for your Certificate or Associate’s Degree, you can apply through GPS. Email Drew Gephart ( with any questions.
Health Insurance & Waivers
All F-1 international students are required to maintain health insurance during their study.  Students will automatically be enrolled into the Peralta international health insurance plan.

Our health insurance rates will keep the same monthly rate and should be posted to your Student Center soon. Please keep in mind that coverage will run through the end of July and will be $878.50 total.

There are a limited number of reasons to waive the mandatory health insurance fee. The Health Insurance Waiver must be completed by Friday January 17, 2020
Offices Closures
The OIE will be open a week after the semester ends: December 16 – December 20. Due to staffing shortages, we will not be open on Monday December 23rd.  Below is a recap of our days of operations:

November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 28/29 (Thanksgiving)
December 21 thru  January 1 (Winter Break)
Reopen: Thursday January 2nd

Travel home or out of the US this winter break?  Important information below
It is that time of year when some students are thinking about travelling home for the winter break.  As always, you will need to check in with either the BCC or Oakland office to get the back of your I-20 signed for travel.  Remember to bring your passport together with your I-20.  More information can be found in the handbook page 14

And we want you to be fully aware of the following, especially if you are going to have to apply for a new visa—remember you are applying for a new visa, not renewing a visa:

All students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress which means maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
All students must be making progress in their academic plan. Usually students can complete an AA program in 2.5 years.

If you will need to apply for a new visa and your GPA is below 2.0 and / or you have had multiple program extensions, please consult with Office of International Education staff NOW and prior to booking a flight ticket.  We do not want you to travel and then be unable to return to complete your study here.
New Changes in Laws:  Change of Status to US Permanent Resident
International students are granted F-1 visa status to pursue education in the United States with the expectation that the student will return to their native county after completing their program of study.  Some students, though, find that their situation changes and that they submit an application to become a Permanent Resident (apply for a green card.)  There are important new changes in American law pertaining to public charge that students should be aware of—and we suggest students considering applying for permanent residence seek legal consultation or guidance.  More information can be found here:
International Education Week (IEW)
Come participate in events at College of Alameda, Laney College, and Berkeley City College November 19-21.  IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Check out the OIE webpage for more information:

On October 11, 2019, 7 international students had the opportunity to visit the brand new Google cloud campus located in Sunnyvale, California. We got an inside look to the offices and met with numerous Google staff members for Q&A to talk about their sustainability practices, transportation services, and what it would take to be hired at Google. The students also received a special tour of the facilities, hosted by Larry Green who is in the Transportation, Health and Real Estate division of Google, and had the opportunity to eat lunch at an all you can eat buffet which is offered to Google employees each day. Students also received an inside look to Google’s work environment and special technology used for meetings and work productivity.


2 weeks later on October 25th, 6 international students were selected to visit the Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Palo Alto. At Amazon, students received a special presentation from their Global Business Development Manager, Rich Hua, on the culture of innovation at Amazon. The presentation focused on Amazon’s key principles and practices and how they have become one of the largest companies in the world. Students learned about Amazon’s hiring practices and what it would take to get a job at Amazon as well. This was the third visit to Google and first visit to Amazon. These tours were organized by Drew Gephart, Peralta’s International Services Manager, who has also provided a special group tour to Facebook in the past as well.