Advising & Programming
The Office of International Student Services provides comprehensive services and programs for our international students. International students enrich classrooms, campuses, and communities in ways that endure long after students return to their home countries, and we focus on every available resource to support our diverse population. In 2015-2016, we had more than 200 nonimmigrant international students from over 50 different countries at Swarthmore College. This fall we will welcome 64 new international students and 8 new undocumented/DACA students. Currently we support 342 internationals, dual citizens, and permanent residents.
From student orientation to alumni panels and weekly dinners, the Office of International Student Services supports a variety of programs, both academic and social, throughout the year. In addition to immigration workshops, the office offers a variety of other workshops to help students succeed both at Swarthmore and beyond. This past year, the office hosted an intensive public speaking workshop with international female-identifying students. The workshop was designed to help students practice and improve communication skills. The office also hosted a SPRINTAX workshop to help students through the complicated task of annual taxes.
The office also supports undocumented/DACA students and is actively working to increase support, training, and club development for these students through collaboration with Admissions and other partners throughout campus. The office led an initiative to place the monarch butterfly symbol for understanding, support, humanity, and freedom in offices across campus to demarcate safe spaces and allies for undocumented students.
Further, the Office of International Student Services is a campus leader in responding to global issues and crises. Support for global attacks and natural disasters is offered by the office through candlelight vigils, one-on-one counseling, and other individual support. Individual support and guidance is also offered to students who may be struggling with personal problems.