These programs, sponsored by the Graduate School, are intended to highlight and address a wide range of academic and social concerns faced by international students currently studying at Syracuse University and potentially working in the United States after graduation.

Spring 2017 Workshops

Finding Housing and Dealing with Landlords with Elin Riggs from Off-Campus and Commuter Services. Friday, January 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (program 3:00-4:15 pm, focus group on housing issues 4:15-5:00 pm) in Hall of Languages 207.

  • As you may have learned from experience, international students often lack the time, knowledge, and networks needed to find decent but affordable housing. Whether you are currently involved in a dispute with your landlord, hoping to upgrade your living arrangements for next year, or just trying to make the best of a poor situation, this workshop is for you. Elin Riggs, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, will review the basics of finding a room or apartment; how to determine which areas and neighborhoods will meet your needs; landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities; dealing with landlords, roommates, and neighbors; and resources (including legal assistance) available to you as an SU student.  *Note that following the workshop, you are invited to participate in a focus-group discussion as part of an effort to improve information and services for incoming international graduate students in need of housing.* Feel free to attend the workshop, the focus group, or both. Refreshments provided courtesy of the GSO.     Click here to register

What Every International Grad Student Should Know about US Employment with Dan Beaudry. Tuesday, March 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Grant Auditorium, White Hall.

  • Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside?  Dan Beaudry, author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States and former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students to find U.S. employment. H-1B’s are won in ways you likely don’t expect. What you’ll discover in this presentation may surprise you:
    ●    Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
    ●    Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised—and how to find them before anyone else.
    ●    Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job—and how to bypass it.
    ●    Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time—and how you can better invest that time.Sponsored by Career Services and the Graduate School.  Click here to register.


 Fall 2016 Workshops

Citing, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting: A Workshop for Avoiding Plagiarism with Prof. Rebecca Howard, Writing Program and Benjamin Erwin, Writing Center. Wednesday, September 21, 5:15-6:30 p.m. in Hall of Languages 207.

  • Citing, paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting – the emphasis in U.S. higher education on doing these tasks “correctly” (according to the approved citation format of your field) can seem strange and perplexing to international students, much like the American conceptions of plagiarism and academic integrity under which these rules and conventions are often discussed. Yet the consequences of a poor grasp of these issues can be severe for graduate students. Are you interested in learning how to prevent academic integrity problems with your written work? Please join Prof. Rebecca Howard of the Writing Program and Benjamin Erwin, administrator of the SU Writing Center, as they clarify U.S. academic integrity expectations, provide useful techniques for avoiding plagiarism, and describe campus resources to help you with your writing.


An Introduction to American-style Résumés with Christina Faulkner, Career Services.
Friday, October 21, 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Link Hall 105.

  • Have you ever wondered how to write an effective American-style résumé? Do you plan on applying for an academic or professional job in the United States? Are you unsure how to get started? Please join Christina Faulkner from Career Services as she introduces and explores American-style résumés. This presentation will highlight the nuances of American-style résumés and help take yours to the next level. This workshop is specifically geared toward international graduate students. Click here to register

Professional Network–Building for International Graduate Students with Dr. Catherine Maritan, Friday, October 28, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Hall of Languages 500.

  • Career Services and International Graduate Student Workshop: We are often told that building a professional network (“networking”) is a crucial aspect of career preparation for grad students. International students in particular may face legal or cultural barriers that make the process of forging a network even more challenging. In this presentation, Dr. Catherine Maritan (Whitman School of Management) will discuss key elements of successful network-building, including
    • Why networks matter
    • How to make contacts and extend your network
    • Taking advantage of conference attendance
    • Maintaining and utilizing your network

    Lunch is provided courtesy of the GSO. Click here to register.

    Catherine Maritan is Associate Professor of Management in the Whitman School, where she teaches strategic management at the undergraduate, MBA and PhD levels. Her research focuses on how firms build and use capabilities.