Peralta Colleges

Office of International Education


Hostelling International USA is offering fourteen $2,000 travel scholarships exclusively for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, and San Francisco students and residents.

The program is called the Explore the World Scholarship, and it is administered by the nonprofit organization Hostelling International USA (HI USA). HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships are for young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad.

The scholarship is open to individuals age 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.  Also, eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at

To find out more contact: John Schilder (, Community Affairs Manager for HI USA

He will be on campus the following dates and times:

LANEY COLLEGE - Monday, February 25
Tabling in Student Center from 9am-12pm
Workshop in F-170C from 12pm-1pm (Register Here)

COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA - Tuesday, February 26
Tabling in Quad and Workshop in room F-109 from 12-1pm (Register Here)

BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE - Wednesday, February 27
Tabling next to welcome desk (TBD)

Peralta Colleges Study Abroad Presents…
A Night at Yoshi’s Oakland featuring Jonah Melvon & Adesha

YouTube promo for Oakland Yoshis show featuring Jonah Melvon + Adesha in conjunction with "Peralta Colleges Study Abroad Program"
Thursday, April 4th – Doors open at 7:30pm (Showtime: 8:00pm)
Yoshi’s Oakland (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607)
Contact: Drew Gephart (
Individual Tickets online for $30: ($35 at door)
Payment Options for Sponsorships
Online by Credit Card:

US Mail:  Make checks payable and mail to:
Peralta Colleges Foundation
333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606
REF:  Study Abroad

The Office of International Education and Peralta Colleges Foundation of Peralta Community College District will be hosting its inaugural Study Abroad Fundraising Event, “A Night at Yoshi’s Oakland featuring Jonah Melvon & Adesha”, to raise monies for our local students to support and expand their horizons in their quest to become a global citizen in the 21st century. We would be so honored if you and/or your company join us as a sponsorship partner and attend the event.

Your support will provide scholarships to students in need so that they may have the resources for this once in a lifetime experience.  In 2019, the Peralta Colleges are planning to offer up to 11 programs in Japan, Taiwan, Belize, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Egypt, London, China, Ghana and Costa Rica (

The event will be held at the renowned jazz supper club Yoshi’s Oakland on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 8pm – 10pm featuring entertainment by local sensations Jonah Melvon featuring Adesha. Jonah and Adesha are more than Oakland natives who share a passion for the arts, they also happen to be siblings. This year they decided to bring the household back together again, as they tour on Jonah’s latest record “RainWater Project”, with teasers from his first record “This is the Year”. This soulful, lyrical, warm hearted dual, is proud to be bringing their home away from home experience, to listeners worldwide

Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College) has been providing educational services for individuals of our community seeking to provide themselves with higher education opportunities. Since many of our students are from low-socioeconomic families, studying abroad has never been a major priority for them. With your help, we can change that mentality.

According to the Institute for International Education (IIE), fewer than 10% of American college students participate in international study programs, and less than 25% of those students are from underrepresented minority groups. The study abroad experience can be a life-changing event that can provide a student with a new found sense of confidence or independence, a new foreign language skill, an increased ability to work in diverse work environments and most importantly the opportunity to explore new cultures.

Please contact me directly at or 510-587-7834 for any questions you may have. We sincerely thank you for your time and continued support.

We are pleased to announce the publication of Study Abroad Opportunities for Community College Students and Strategies for Global Learning (IGI-Global). This is the first book on community college education abroad.  The chapters in the book showcase education abroad at rural community colleges, within technical and career programs, and for racially and economically diverse students. IGI-Global is offering a 40% discount for books ordered through Use the code:  IGI40
Malveaux, Gregory F., and Rosalind Latiner Raby. "Study Abroad Opportunities for Community College Students and Strategies for Global Learning." IGI Global, 2019. 1-324. Web. 14 Jan. 2019. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-6252-8

Direct link to chapter 11 -

Gephart, Drew A. "Low-Cost Initiatives for Expanding Study Abroad Opportunities" (Chapter 11 - pages 158-171)

ABSTRACT: Community colleges without a budget strictly allocated to study abroad programs need to be creative in how they expand opportunities for their students. This chapter will focus on the strategies developed by the Peralta Community College District’s Office of International Education to develop a stronger study abroad program with limited resources and staffing. After the Peralta Colleges committed to the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative in 2014, it created new study abroad programs, organized annual study abroad fairs, was awarded a scholarship of $7,500, created new promotional materials and an administrative procedure, launched a new website and newsletter, organized financial aid workshops and professional development day presentations for faculty and opened a study abroad scholarship through its Foundation. The chapter will share how other colleges can learn from these efforts and institutionalize study abroad on their campuses.

BIO: ​Drew Gephart, M.S., is the International Services Manager for the Peralta Community College District located in Oakland, California. He currently develops and manages enrollment for special programs related to international education, as well as oversees all study abroad programs. Drew organized the district’s first annual study abroad fair in 2014 and was awarded a scholarship of $15,000 to provide six Peralta students $2,500 each to study abroad. He also presented at the Institute of International Education’s conference on “Models and Best Practices in Internationalization at the Community College” and NAFSA’s Region XII conference on “Designing Effective Familiarization Tours for International Recruitment Partners”. Drew has written two successful proposals for the California Colleges for International
Education (CCIE) grants to support the internationalization of the Peralta Colleges and strengthening of the international programs. Drew earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay

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The Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarship application deadline is due March 1, 2019. To learn more about the scholarships for Peralta Community College students, please visit:

These workshops are a perfect opportunity to help students manage the overall process to alleviate feeling overwhelmed.

Upcoming Dates: All Workshops will be from 12noon – 1pm

February 4th- Laney College (F170C)

February 5th- College of Alameda (C-104)

February 6th - Berkeley City College (Room 55)

February 7th- Merritt College  (R-Building 110- Student Lounge)

The workshop will include and not limited the following topics:

Learn how to write your personal essay;
Explore all the scholarships available to you;
Great forum to get all your questions answered;
Hear about the overall process of fund disbursement
How to package and highlight your accomplishments: community service, internships, academic awards, leadership positions
Learn the importance of seeking external scholarships and funds

Brought to you by Office of International Education and the Peralta Colleges Foundation

For more information contact: LaNiece Jones (Executive Director) AND Drew Gephart (International Services Manager)

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We are working with a network preparing a Student Feedback feature on the USA for the March 2019 issue of Study Travel Magazine.

The aim of the feature is to build up a profile of overseas students studying on English language programmes in the USA, and to find out students' opinions about their course and location. The feature is a "snap-shot" portrait of international students studying in the country.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please fill out the attached questionnaire and email it back to no later than Monday, December 10th.

Student Feedback USA questionnaire