• Programs and Events

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) sponsors many activities, ranging from informative workshops to social get-togethers. Visit the events calendar to learn about upcoming events hosted by ISSS and other offices, such as Student Development and Activities, Health Education, Intercultural Support, and Career Development.

    International Student and Scholar Services offers workshops on

    Email ISS@newschool.edu for dates and times of upcoming workshops.

    Fun Fridays with ISSS

    At the start of each semester, ISSS hosts fun tours for international students who would like to explore New York City. In the past, excursions have included baseball games, tours of the United Nations, tours of the Statue of Liberty, Broadway shows, museums, and other fun activities. Where tickets are required, they are usually discounted for advance purchase at the ISSS office. Quantities are limited; first come, first served. 

    International Essay Contest

    Theme: Global Exchanges: Stories of Your Journey from Here to There

    International exchange students are invited to submit original essays describing their experiences and sharing their ideas about supporting exchanges programs at The New School. The best essays will be published on the ISSS website.

    Coffee and Tea 

    Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the staff of ISSS for coffee and tea every Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at various New School buildings. Stop by to relax, have some fun, and get updates on ISSS services and special events events. Please contact ISSS for a schedule of locations for the current semester.

    International Student Mentor Program

    The International Student Mentor Program assists new international students in adjusting academically, culturally, and socially to the United States and The New School. Mentors are experienced fellow students who make themselves available to advise and assist new students upon arrival and during their first semester at The New School. For mentors, this is an opportunity to learn about other countries and make new friends from around the world.

    Mentor volunteers are friendly and open-minded students who have been at The New School for at least one semester and are sincerely committed to helping international students adjust to life away from home.

    Mentees are undergraduate and graduate international students who have traveled thousands of miles to study and who need a little orientation in an unfamiliar place.

    Submit your application to be a mentor or to obtain a mentor.

    Download and complete the appropriate form and email to issevents@newschool.edu or bring it to the International Student and Scholar Services office at 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor.

    The Conversation Partners Program

    Conversation Partners is a way for New School students, faculty, and staff to improve their foreign language and communication skills in a relaxed, non-academic setting. ISSS pairs language learners with native speakers for free form conversation. This activity is open to everyone in the New School community, including matriculated and non-degree students and full- and part-time faculty and staff. The only requirement for learners is basic listening and speaking skills in the language you wish practice. All conversation partners should be sociable, approachable, reliable, and respectful towards others with an interest in sharing new cultural experiences.

    Submit your application by email to issevents@newschool.edu or bring it to the ISSS office at 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor.

    Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair

    Volunteering is a great gateway to jobs and internships for international students who are interested in staying in the United States after their education is completed. ISSS co-sponsors the annual Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair to help connect our students with volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations active at The New School and in New York City.

    International Book Club 

    Informal but informative, the International Book Club is an activity for anyone interested in world literature and diversity. Since the summer of 2007, the International Book Club has been meeting once a month for readings and discussions of books selected by the participants. Members include students, faculty, and staff from all divisions and offices at The New School. Recent book selections include The Shadow of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali and Blindness by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago. Meetings are held in coffeehouses and other informal places on and off campus. For more information, email issevents@newschool.edu.