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The Center for International Service
Center's Events and Special Notices

The Center for International Service organizes events and special programs throughout the year for CSI students, faculty, and staff, oftentimes inviting local and international visitors. For more information about any of the Center’s events, please check out CSI’s Events Calendar. You may also contact the Center at 718-982-2100 or stop by Building 2A, room 206 or email

International Coffee Hours
This is an open house in the Center’s lounge area, located in building 2A, Room 206. It takes place the second Thursday of every month from 4:00 - 5:30pm. International students, study abroad participants, faculty and staff with an interest in international affairs are welcome to gather for this monthly event.

A Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities for Americans Overseas
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Center for the Arts, Lecture Hall (1P-119)


  • Patricia H. H. Guy, CUNY Diplomat-in-Residence at City College of New York
  • J. Michael Kirkland, CPA, CGMA, President, New York State Society of CPAs
  • Kenneth Browne, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Moderator: Stephen Ferst, Executive Director of the Center for International Service

Sponsored by Eta Lambda Chapter Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

Call The Center for International Service at 718-982-2100 for more info.
A Personal Growth CLUE event

CSI International Film Festival Spring 2014
The Center for International is pleased to present a week-long international film series in spring 2014. Screening of the five feature films will take place in the Library's Electronic Theater (1L-103), the Screening Room at the Center for the Arts (1P-223) and at the Center for International Service (2A-206). Theses screenings are open to all members of the college community.
The purpose of the presentation is to stimulate our students to the rigors of studying film and media and promote studying film is crucial to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary liberal arts education. This presentation also helps us to fulfill the mission of CSI "to strengthen our diversity and foster civic mindedness, and nurture responsible citizens for our city, country, and the world." Through interaction with our speakers, faculty and students, the presentation provides forums for the exchange of ideas and critical thinking.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Service, the Department of Media Culture, the Department of the Library and the CSI Student Housing.
This event is funded in part by the Campus Activities Board using Student Activity Fees.

Immigration 101 Workshops
Each semester the Center for International Service staff offers a series of workshops for international students and scholars about a variety of topics ranging from career planning to optional practical training, among others. For a list of the most recent semester’s Immigration 101 offerings, look at our most recent flyer.

World on Wednesday
This is a weekly lecture series that generally takes place every Wednesday throughout the semester from 12:20 – 1:10 pm in the Campus Center. Lectures are given primarily by CSI faculty and some staff on topics that range from music, politics, literature, or current events of a particular country or region.

Study Abroad Information Sessions
Students are invited to come to the lounge area of the Center for International Service for study abroad information sessions. Most sessions are general in scope and explain the various destinations and types of programs, semester or short-term. Some sessions may focus on a specific session (such as summer) or a region or country (such as China or Italy). The education abroad unit of the Center generally offers 1 or 2 info sessions a week during both fall and spring.

Passport Day: Apply On-Campus for a U.S. Passport
Have you ever wanted to travel abroad but don’t have a passport? Apply for a passport in one stop. Avoid the long lines at the Post Office and New York Passport Agency.  You may also apply for and receive an International Student or Educator Identity Card.  This event is for students, faculty, staff, or friends in the community who are U.S. citizens and interested in getting a passport. It will take place in the Center for International Service. For details on the requirements to obtain a passport in general, visit

International Education Week
This is an event celebrated usually in the third week of November every year on all campuses in the U.S. and around the world. Here at CSI, we offer forums and lectures with an international focus on topics that range from culture to politics to immigration. We also celebrate our study abroad programs and offer information sessions for CSI students who wish to participate. The designation of International Education Week was originally a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education to recognize the value of global exchanges between the US and other countries.  This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for educational exchange.

Film Screening and Meet the Director: Rebuilding Hope
Tuesday, November 19
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, Building 1P-Room 120

Join us for the documentary film screening, Rebuilding Hope, the work of award-winning documentary filmmaker Jen Marlowe, as she brings Gabriel Bol Deng's story and the Ariang School project to the attention of audiences worldwide. The film chronicles the struggle for survival and the ultimate triumph of Gabriel and his two Sudanese friends, Koor Garang Chol and Samuel Garang Mayuol, from their journeys from "Lost Boys" to college graduates to American citizens. Following the screening will be a Q&A session with Gabriel Bol Deng. For more information about this film, visit

A PG CLUE event. Refreshments will be served.

This event is funded in part by the Campus Activities Board, using Student Activity Fees.   Co-sponsored with the Pluralism and Diversity Program, a program of the Division of Student Affairs.

Holiday Open House
December 12: 1-3 p.m.

Join us for an informal holiday celebration. Students, visiting scholars, faculty members, staff, and those who would like to make new friends — all are welcome!

Meet the CUNY Diplomat-in-Residence
Each year CUNY hosts a Diplomat-in-Residence, who keeps an office at City College but makes visits to all the CUNY campuses to promote careers in foreign service.

Celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival
This February 21, 2013 from 2:30-4:30pm in Building 1C-Green Dolphin Lounge, come explore the rich Chinese culture through participation in the celebration of the most important Chinese traditional holiday, namely the Spring Festival. There will be a lion dance, a Chinese Brush Painting workshop and a lot of giveaways. Learn about the Chinese language, the most enduring culture and civilization, and learn about different programs of study abroad in China. This program is sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the Center for International Service, and is funded by the Campus Activities Board using the Student Activity Fee.

The Shanghai Circus and Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music will be offered by the Center for the Arts, Spring 2014. These are highlighted events for the internationally-minded audience; for a complete listing of Center for the Arts and other campus events, please go to CSI Events Calendar.

Classroom Visit Program
Study abroad program advisors in the education abroad unit of the Center for International Service make close to 100 class visits each year to promote CSI’s wide range of international study programs to our students. CSI faculty who are interested in receiving an advisor to visit his/her class for a brief explanation of our wide range of international study program offerings are invited to contact the Center.

International Visitors and Speakers
The Center for International Service welcomes delegations, large and small, from around the world to the CSI campus each semester. CSI has partnerships with other universities and international organizations and often will invite campus reps, faculty and students to participate in our visitors’ on-campus experience. The Center also sponsors and announces special lectures with an international focus throughout the year.