On this page you will find many ways to get involved through the CISS at Bentley!
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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
Tuesday, January 22, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
Wednesday, February 6, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
Thursday, April 4, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Location TBD
Spring Semester Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Sessions
Wednesday, January 30, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
Tuesday, February 5, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
Thursday, February 14, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 110
Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
STEM OPT session: Tuesday, March 5, 3:30 - 5:00 (hybrid format - contact GA_CISS@bentley.edu for login information)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
Tuesday, March 26, 2019; 2:00-3:00, Smith 214
CISS would like to introduce Bentley’s newly redesigned Conversation Partners Program: Conversations Beyond Borders
We hope you will consider being a part of this fantastic program that connects international students with US students, staff and faculty at Bentley.
- International graduate students are matched with domestic students or Staff/Faculty members to meet and talk every other week/monthly.
- You can talk about anything—classes, work, sports, news, etc. or attend great events together, sponsored by the program!
- We will provide you with monthly themes and ideas to keep your connection going strong!
- This program is helpful in easing the adjustment to the US & Bentley for students from other countries, and in teaching each other about traditions and lifestyles
Benefits of participating in Conversations Beyond Borders:
- Learn about other cultures
- Make new friends
- Connect with others in a more personal way than you do in your profession
- Develop the intercultural skills that are highly-sought after in the workplace
- Enjoy a social lunch or coffee time together one hour once or twice a month
- Try out your mentorship skills – you might be surprised how much you have to offer about life in the US!
- Learn new things while assisting your partner in improving their English skills
- Win a prize in our end-of-semester raffle for active participants!
Sign up now!
Don’t miss this opportunity! Please complete the CBB Intake Application Form to participate.
Find out more information about Bentley's Annual Culture Fest Week in which we celebrate all of our identities.
The WorldView Program is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Bentley Magazine! Read more here.
Worldview 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 WorldView Bentley. The Worldview Program 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 Worldview Mission:
The WorldView 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 WorldView program is committed to encouraging dialogue and promoting global citizenship.
How It Works:
International students apply and are selected for WorldView on a rolling basis. After completing training to provide skills, tips, and techniques for engaging audiences, students are placed on a list of available presenters. WorldView Ambassadors visit classrooms, events, and staff meetings around campus to share information about their 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 WorldView Ambassadors should apply online by clicking the link HERE. You will be contacted by the CISS to schedule an interview to discuss your candidacy.
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 WorldView 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 presented 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 WorldView Faculty Interest Form which will help us learn more about the needs of your specific classroom. You may also email GA_CISS@bentley.edu for general information.
*We accept presentation requests on a rolling basis throughout the semester!*
Do you work frequently with international students? Are you interested in hearing from about international student perspectives? WorldView works for you, too!
For example, last year a WorldView Ambassador 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 WorldView 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 GA_CISS@bentley.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.