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Learn about obtaining permission to work off-campus as an F-1 visa holder. To register or request more information, please email the CISS.

2017-2018 dates coming soon. Stay tuned!

Fall Semester Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Sessions


OPT Special Evening session


Fall Semester Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop



Global Classroom Connector Program

GCC For students:

Have you ever wanted to share your unique background and cultural perspectives with your peers at Bentley? Ever felt the need to challenge stereotypes or teach others about your home country? Now is your chance!

Introducing the Global Classroom Connector Program at Bentley. The Global Classroom Connector Program (GCC) is a high-impact, community engagement program that allows you, an international student, to present about your home country, culture, and traditions to the Bentley community.

The GCC Mission:

 The Global Classroom Connector program at Bentley University aims to promote global awareness, intercultural sensitivity, and unity amongst the  campus community. By connecting academic classroom lessons, student events, and gatherings with first-hand perspectives of international students,   the Global Classroom Connector program is committed to encouraging dialogue around international themes and promoting global citizenship.






How It Works:

International students will apply and be selected for the GCC program on a rolling basis. After completing training to give you skills, tips, and techniques for engaging audiences, you will be placed on a list of available presenters for the ’17-’18 Academic Year. You will visit classrooms, events, and staff meetings around campus to share information about your experiences and perspectives as an international student. All scheduling is completed by staff members in the CISS, and you will be given ample time to prepare.

How to Apply:

APPLY TODAY! Students interested in becoming GCC Ambassadors should apply online by clicking the link HERE. You will be contacted by the CISS to schedule an interview to discuss your candidacy. 

for facutly:

This program offers the unique opportunity for trained international student volunteers to present during one of your lectures, on a topic that is relevant to your curriculum. For example, a student connector from Brazil could provide a first-hand perspective on Brazil’s economy and culture to an economics class. Please consider this possibility when working on your fall syllabus.

Now more than ever, we are seeking ways to facilitate direct interaction between members of our international student population and our domestic students. There is no better way to encourage these dialogues than through the classroom!

 A few highlights of the Spring semester include:

• A student from Ecuador presented  in an advanced Spanish language class on Ecuadorian slang, politics, and culture and led an engaging discussion with students on those topics.

• A panel of students from Vietnam, Brazil, Bolivia, and China facilitated a lesson and conversation about non-verbal communication styles across cultures.

If you are interested in participating, we can match you with one of the trained volunteers to discuss specific details. To sign up, or for more information about potential GCC matches for your curriculum, please email your request to See our flyer for more details! 

for staff: 

Do you work frequently with international students? Are you interested in hearing from an international student perspective? GCC works for you, too!

For example, last year a Global Classroom Connector presented to a Health, Wellness & Counseling staff meeting about general knowledge regarding her experiences in the healthcare system in China and cultural approaches to the topic of mental health. The experience resulted in greater context for the experiences of our Chinese students using those resources, giving the staff a more comprehensive understanding about how to work with that population.

For more information or to sign up for a GCC presentation, please email and we will work with you to make it happen.


Learning and Development

Info. coming soon!