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International Bridge Program

Studying in a foreign country can be both challenging and exciting. International students often experience a period of cultural adjustment when they first arrive to the United States and, specifically, Johns Hopkins University.

The Office of International Services along with the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) and Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) Graduate Affairs Offices, in collaboration with various offices on the Homewood campus, launched the International Bridge Program to better support this transition process for new international students. Each year the International Bridge Program hosts sessions at the Homewood campus at least once a month. All international students at all Johns Hopkins campuses are welcome to attend these Bridge Program events.

 

Campus Services

This presentation was provided by a staff librarian from Homewood covering the services provided by the S. Eisenhower Library, Brody Learning Commons, and briefly by the Peabody Library.
Presented by Stephen E. Stich, Sheridan Libraries
*Intended audience: Homewood and Peabody students

Finding Housing

This 10-minute session was presented by the Homewood Off-Campus Housing Office. It provides helpful links and resources for housing near Homewood, JHMI and DC, as well as considerations that international students and scholars should make while looking for housing.
Presented by Hana Hasan, Housing & Dining Services

Cultural/Life Adjustments

This session was presented during international student orientation at Homewood and it discusses adjustment issues faced by international students.
Presented by Dr. Leslie C. Leathers, Counseling Center
*Intended audience: Homewood students

This 30-minute session was presented by the Counseling Center at Homewood. Though the Counseling Center at Homewood serves Homewood and Peabody students only, the message in this presentation is relevant and helpful for all graduate students at Johns Hopkins.
Presented by Dr. Eric Rose, Counseling Center

This 30-minute session was presented by the Counseling Center at Homewood. The topic is very broad and relevant to all graduate students at Johns Hopkins.
Presented by Dr. Leslie Leathers, Counseling Center

This half-hour session was presented the JHU Counselling Center at the Homewood Campus to provide an overview of the dating and relationships cultural norms in the U.S.
Presented by Luba Popivker and Yin Lin, Counselling Center

This half-hour session was presented by the JHU Counselling Center at the Homewood Campus to provide helpful tips and resources of how international students could balance their work and life demands.
Presented by Luba Popivker and Yin Lin, Counselling Center

This half-hour session was presented by the JHU Counselling Center at the Homewood Campus to provide helpful tips and resources to international students and scholars returning to their home countries after their stay at JHU and the U.S.
Presented by Luba Popivker and Yin Lin, Counselling Center

Career Related Programming

This presentation discusses how to improve communication skills & networking strategies, and resources available on campus to aide students in their personal, academic & professional endeavors.
Presented by Tessa McKenzie, Homewood Career Center, and Dr. Barbara Baum, Homewood Counseling Center

This session explains the different job search strategies international students need to utilize and how they can maximize their potential in gaining employment opportunities in the U.S.
Presented by Amanda Baker, Homewood Career Center

Other Topics

This session discussed about the U.S. tax system and how to file Federal and State tax returns, including exemptions, treaties and utilizing University resources.
Presented by Scott King, Office of International Services

This session discusses about how international students and scholars could develop their credit history in the U.S., protect their personally identifiable information (PIIs), and it provided tips and resources on how they could protect themselves from identity theft.
Presented by Christine Kavanagh, WSE Academic Affairs Office, and Semhar Okbazion, Office of International Services