International Student and Scholar Services hopes you will maximize your time in the U.S. by participating in activities that will help you adjust to life here and understand the regulations and policies connected to maintaining your immigration status. In addition to the many activities offered by Stevens’ clubs and Undergraduate and Graduate Student Affairs, ISSS offers the following activities especially for our international student community.

Conversation beyond Borders

Conversation beyond Borders (CBB) allows students and scholars of all backgrounds and interests to converse with other students, scholars, and staff from around the world. Conversations will include a variety of topics, such as pop culture, history, literature, media, psychology,and science! This is a fun and casual group that encourages Stevens’ students to learn about each other’s countries, cultures, and points of view, and helps international students improve their English. The CBB schedule for this semester is located here.

OPT Workshop

This workshop will help you understand the ins and outs of Optional Practical Training, the F-1 benefit that allows you to work in the U.S.. in a job directly related to your major for at least 12 months. The OPT workshop covers all of the main aspects of OPT, from the initial application to the types of possible OPT employment—even the STEM extension and H-1B cap-gap. If you are an F-1 student graduating soon, this workshop is essential for you, since you must apply early! This workshop is online, so you can attend it any time! The OPT workshop video is located here.

CPT Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you understand Curricular Practical Training, the F-1 benefit that allows you to be employed for a class that requires you to work. This workshop will answer all of your questions about CPT, including which classes qualify, when you can do CPT, and how to apply. The CPT workshop video is located here.

One to World

One to World is a non-profit organization that offers activities and programs for international students in the Metro NYC area to engage in cross-cultural exchange and learn about American culture. Because Stevens is a One to World member, you can participate in the exciting programs they offer each semester—including homestays with American families, dances, dinners, and visits to famous NYC sites. You can sign up for e-mail updates by sending an e-mail with your name to: [email protected]. The program calendar for each semester is located here.


If you have recently been accepted to Stevens, you will be receiving information about orientation soon. If you missed orientation or just need to review the various topics pertaining to maintaining your F-1/J-1 student status, you can find the Orientation PowerPoint here under "Orientation."

Student Organizations

Stevens students are encouraged to get involved on campus through student organizations and campus events. Becoming involved is a great way to enhance your collegiate experience and acquire important skills, such as team building, leadership, communication, and time management.

For a list of undergraduate student organizations, please visit the website of the Office of Student Life.

For a list of graduate student organizations, please visit the website of the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (OGSA).

Safe Zone

The Stevens Safe Zone is an ally program aimed at creating a more open campus environment, especially for students on campus who might identify as members of the LGBTQ and ally community, as well as for students who may be questioning.

For more information about the Stevens Safe Zone ally program and other diversity initiatives around the nation, please explore the Safe Zone website here. If you wish to contact a member of the Safe Zone program with any questions or to find a Safe Zone member on campus, please email Safe Zone.