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Note to International Students:*Now accepting applications for the Global Classroom Connector for Spring 2018! International students, click HERE to apply. You can read more about the Global Classroom Connector program below!*



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

Spring Semester Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Information Sessions

Wednesday, January 24, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

Spring Semester Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Sessions

Wednesday, February 7, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

Tuesday, February 13, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

Thursday, February 15, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Jenison 213

Wednesday, February 28, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

Wednesday, April 4, 2018; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214

OPT Document Review Clinics
Each semester, CISS holds regular OPT document review clinics at the same time each week. These sessions are held for students who have prepared all documents, and who may have final questions regarding the forms before submitting to CISS for review.
SPRING 2018 OPT Document Review Clinic Dates: every Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00pm, January 18 to April 26, 2018

Culture Fest

Find out more information about Bentley's Annual Culture Fest Week in which we celebrate all of our identities.

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 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. 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 faculty:

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 GCC ambassador from Brazil could provide a first-hand perspective on Brazil’s economy and culture to an economics class or a panel of international students could speak about business culture in their home countries in a GB 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 conversation than through the classroom!

Examples of presentations from the last two semesters include:

  • A student from Ecuador presentated in an advanced Spanish language class on Ecuadorian slang, politics, and culture and led an engaging discussion.
  • A panel of students from Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Bulgaria answered questions about their experiences with cultural differences in the workplace for MG 228 "Managing Diversity in the Workplace"
  • A panel of students from Vietnam, Brazil, Bolivia, and China facilitated a conversation about non-verbal communication styles across cultures in PS351 "Nonverbal Behavior and Judging Others"

If you are interested in learning more, click HERE to fill out our GCC Faculty Interest Form which will help us learn more about the needs of your specific classroom. You may also email for general information.

*We accept presentation requests on a rolling basis throughout the semester!*

for staff: 

Do you work frequently with international students? Are you interested in hearing from about international student perspectives? 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. This semester, a group of 5 panelists spoke to the Bentley University Police Department about their experiences with police officers on campus and in the U.S. and norms around police culture and protocols in their native country. Both experiences resulted in enhanced understanding between students and staff. Students left with more accurate information about resources on campus, and staff were provided context into working with students from diverse backgrounds.

If you are interested in having a panel/presentation for your staff, click HERE to complete the GCC Staff Interest Form. The form will help us learn more about what you're looking for in a presentation or panel. For general information, you may also email We look forward to hearing from you.


Global Classroom Connector Photo Gallery

Click Here to see photos of our Global Classroom Ambassadors in action!