Peralta Colleges

Office of International Education


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This is a $500 scholarship awarded twice per year once in the spring and again in the fall to a single recipient each semester.

Be an F-1 International student, with at least one semester remaining at Peralta.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in good academic standing.
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.
Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a Peralta faculty person (Not from the International Office).
Applicants must be involved in student activities.

Application Starting: January 15, 2016
Amount: $500.00
Scholarship for Chinese International Students
Application Starting: January 15, 2016
Amount: $3,200.00

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Fall 2015 was our first semester awarding the new $500 International Scholarship through the Peralta Colleges Foundation. This scholarship will be open each semester for all international students attending the Peralta Colleges. This semester's winner was Hikaru Yuki from Japan. Here is a quote from her:

"Thank you very much for awarding me the International Scholarship.  I want you to know how truly honored I am that you have chosen me to be the recipient of this award. It will go a long way in helping me towards my goal of becoming a nurse."

The Spring 2016 applications will open on January 15, 2016!

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During the Spring 2016 semester, College of Alameda will be offering Intensive ESL classes. The courses will be offered from February 1 - March 18, 2016 (Monday-Friday) from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

The courses are ESL 222-Intermediate Reading and Writing (6 Units - CLASS CODES: 24568/24569) and ESL 232 -Intermediate Listening and Speaking (4 Units - CLASS CODES: 24570/24571). Students may choose to enroll in one or both classes.

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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

(510) 303-4946


Global Education Facilitation

Paul Bardwill – President

(916) 386-1957


Go Overseas

Anna Morris – Study & Intern Abroad Director

(715) 222-2588


San Francisco State University

Janelle Waldrep – Study Abroad Advisor

(415) 405-4253


Academic Programs International (API)

Leiann Mar – Campus Relations Representative

(512) 600-8900


Institute of International Education

Katie Zee – Program Officer

(415) 362-6520


San Mateo County Community College

Zaid Ghori – Director, Special International Programs

(650) 738-7098


iNext International Insurance

Maggie Robinson – Senior Sale Executive

(207) 553-7895


International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Frank Serna – Director of Strategic Partnerships

(619) 813-8135


Merritt College

Ron Felzer – Instructor

(510) 531-4911


UC Berkeley Study Abroad

Lan Vu – Summer Abroad Program Coordinator

(510) 643-0322