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New International Graduate Students

To help new international graduate students learn their way around USF, the Office of International Services offers a variety of optional sessions throughout the month of August. Some sessions are facilitated by our staff and campus partners, and cover topics such as U.S. culture, navigating healthcare in the U.S., or getting involved as an international student. Some events on this list are hosted by other departments or organizations, and we'll encourage attendance by walking over together from our office, BEH 255. All sessions below are entirely optional, and you do not need to register in advance. Join us as your schedule allows, and we look forward to introducing you to all USF has to offer in the weeks ahead!

*check back as new events are added frequently

schedule of events | fall 2021 

Getting to Know U.S. American Culture
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 11th from 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Getting to Know U.S. American Culture
Contact: Kristen Zernick at kzernick@usf.edu 
This interactive session will help new international students feel comfortable navigating cultural differences in the U.S.


Navigating the Tampa Bay Area
Date & Time:
Thursday, August 12th from 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Navigating the Tampa Bay Area
Contact: Kristen Zernick at kzernick@usf.edu
No car? No problem! International Services will teach new students about their public transportation options, rental cars, and more.


International Student Welcome Party & Shopping Event
Date & Time: Friday, August 13th from 12:00-6: 00 PM
Location: 13508 Avalon Heights Blvd, Tampa, FL 33620
Link: Let us know you're coming here!
Contact: Kristen Zernick at kzernick@usf.edu
Come join the Office of International Services and our friends from American Campus Communities for a welcome party at the Avalon Heights property! Meet other international students, enjoy free food and music, and get your apartment shopping done by taking the free shuttle to Target, a nearby store where you can purchase everything you need to get settled in your new space. This event is open to all international students, and we'll be arranging walk over groups from BEH 255 at the following times: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.


Photo Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour
Date & Time:
 Wednesday, August 18th from 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: Meet outside on sidewalk between BEH and FAO
Contact: Bethany Holmes at holmes16@usf.edu 
Join the International Allies for a 1-hour walking tour of campus that includes stops at the Marshall Student Center, Student Services Building, USF Library, and more!


Photo Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour
Date & Time: Thursday, August 19th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Meet outside on sidewalk between BEH and FAO
Contact: Bethany Holmes at holmes16@usf.edu 
Join the International Allies for a 1-hour walking tour of campus that includes stops at the Marshall Student Center, Student Services Building, USF Library, and more!


Photo Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour
Date & Time: Thursday, August 19th from 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Meet outside on sidewalk between BEH and FAO
Contact: Bethany Holmes at holmes16@usf.edu 
Join the International Allies for a 1-hour walking tour of campus that includes stops at the Marshall Student Center, Student Services Building, USF Library, and more!


Hurricane Preparedness
Date & Time: Friday, August 20th from 2:30-3:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Hurricane Preparedness
Contact: Kristen Zernick at kzernick@usf.edu 
Ready for hurricane season? Join our Director, Marcia Taylor, for tips and tricks to help you stay dry and prepare for Florida's unique weather.


Photo Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour
Date & Time: Friday, August 20th from 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Meet outside on sidewalk between BEH and FAO
Contact: Bethany Holmes at holmes16@usf.edu
Join the International Allies for a 1-hour walking tour of campus that includes stops at the Marshall Student Center, Student Services Building, USF Library, and more!


Get Involved: iLace (International Ladies and Conversational English)
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 24th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Get Involved - iLace
Contact: nancyjteach@gmail.com or ame.welch@gmail.com
Student wives! International women! This is for you. Come hear how a weekly meeting can become your friendship circle and encouragement while you are at USF. Here you will learn about American culture, meet American women as well as women from other nations, share your story - all while you practice conversational English. 


Get Involved: iLace (International Ladies and Conversational English)
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 25th from 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Get Involved - iLace
Contact: nancyjteach@gmail.com or ame.welch@gmail.com
Student wives! International women! This is for you. Come hear how a weekly meeting can become your friendship circle and encouragement while you are at USF. Here you will learn about American culture, meet American women as well as women from other nations, share your story - all while you practice conversational English.


Get Involved: Friends of Internationals at USF
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 25th from 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Get Involved - Friends of Internationals
Contact: ms@internationals.org 
Friends of Internationals at USF is a multicultural network of the BCM and local church ministries in the Tampa Bay area. Our primary purpose is to assist international students, scholars, and their friends or family living on or near the University of South Florida campus. Come join us for an info session on how Friends of Internationals at USF can be of service to you!


International Student Panel
Date & Time: Friday, August 27th from 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: International Student Panel
Contact: Kristen Zernick at kzernick@usf.edu
Current international students will share their experiences and answer questions about life at USF.


Get Involved: Student Innovation Incubator
Date & Time: Thursday, September 2nd from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Link: Get Involved - Student Innovation Incubator
Contact: Sujie Chen at sujiechen@usf.edu 
Curious about how to start a business and what resources are available at USF? Do you have an innovative business idea? Start your entrepreneurial experience at the Student Innovation Incubator (SII) today! Not sure about how to proceed? Bring your questions to the SII team at their information session on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 11:00 AM.  The team will share about their specialized programming and resources, and how you and your business can qualify to join the cohort. All majors and level students are encouraged to attend. Don't miss out on this opportunity!