SJSU International Alumni Panel: Career Development through the Pandemic and Beyond

You’re invited to join ISSS and the Career Center for a panel discussion with SJSU International Alumni!

  • Career Development through the Pandemic & Beyond
  • Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Time: 5:00-6:00 PM 
  • Register here  to receive Zoom link

SJSU International Student & Alumni share about the challenges and successes in searching for and finding internships and jobs through the pandemic. The panel will also discuss what it’s like working during the COVID-19 years, and share their tips on the job search process, networking, and career development as a former international student. Learn more.

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2021-2022-Global Spartan Scholarship Recipients

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and International Recruitment and Partnerships (IRP) host the Global Spartan Scholarship for both newly admitted and current students. The Global Spartan Scholarship was created to recognize and provide financial support to our new and continuing, matriculated international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants for this scholarship must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, commitment to globalization, international education, and financial need.

Below are three Global Spartan Scholarship recipients that we would like to recognize. Congratulations on your achievements, and thank you for your contributions to our Global Spartan, SJSU, and global communities. Continue Reading…

Spring 2021 Global Spartan Scholarship Recipients

In fall 2020, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) was pleased to launch our inaugural Global Spartan Scholarship, created to recognize and provide financial support to SJSU international students. We received several hundred applications from continuing international students for a very limited number of scholarships. This large number of applicants not only made it difficult for the committee to make their selection, but also demonstrates the need for more financial support for international students. This spring, in addition to the Global Spartan Scholarship for continuing students, we were able to open a separate Global Spartan Scholarship for newly-admitted international students. These applications are currently under review for the 2021-22 academic year, and winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

Today, we would like to recognize our first cohort of scholarship recipients, who were awarded funding toward their spring 2021 tuition and fees. Spring 2021 Global Spartan Scholarship recipients: Congratulations on your achievements, and thank you for your contributions to our Global Spartan, SJSU, and global communities! Continue Reading…

Student Spotlight: Yuyi Huang

Yuyi (Yuki) Huang

  • Major: Management Information System (MIS)
  • Home Town: Wuhan, China

Yuki (as she prefers to go by) is part of our very first Global Leader cohort and has been part of the team since day one! You may have seen her assisting at our ISSS front desk or co-leading our weekly Thursday Tea Time.

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Alumni Spotlight: Utsav Jain

Utsav Jain, MS Software Engineering, 2019

Utsav Jain was selected to be the student speaker for our inaugural “Celebrate! Honoring International Graduates” event for the class of 2019. He currently works as a Software Engineer in Silicon Valley and remains an active international alumni, who continues to give back to our Global Spartan community.

What are you doing now?

Software Engineer at Corning Inc.

What is your most favorite memory of SJSU?

It is quite hard to pick one memory. Having group project meetings in the student union, playing games and chatting with other international students at the ISSS Coffee Hour. One of the most favorite things I did was the “Practically Speaking” program conducted  by Amy Russo from the Writing Center. 

I will also remember my graduation ceremony quite fondly. Due to current events, it might sound like a brag, but there was certainly something magical about the event.

I would like to mention my favorite professor, Prof. Michael Larkin. The way he conducted his lectures was truly remarkable.  

How has your SJSU experience impacted your life either personally or professionally?

My advanced degree from SJSU enabled me to further my career as a Software Engineer. A major advantage of my program, MS in Software Engineering, is that most of the courses are taught by professionals working in the industry, that too in Silicon Valley.  

Personally, I started a new phase of my life after graduating from SJSU, although I carried a lot of lessons, memories, and friends from my “University times”.

What do you wish you would have known sooner about life in the U.S. or about being an international student at SJSU?

Firstly, you will get home sick. However, the Bay Area is very diverse. There’s a good chance that you’ll find shops and restaurants catering to your background. Nothing can replace the comfort of your hometown, but going to a place which serves food like home certainly helps.

Secondly, if you plan to stay in the US for long, depending on your nationality, you may need an immigration plan that might be a decade or longer. You would need to be selective with your employers and limited to the kind of jobs you can work.

Lastly, SJSU has so many resources, it’s hard to even know all. I wish I had attended some more random events and participated in some more random activities. For example, the aforementioned “Practically Speaking” program was a totally random thing offered by the writing center. I was a software engineering student, so it didn’t really have a connection with my  field of study. But it turned out to be one of the most fun things I did and improved my overall personality.     

What advice would you give to current international students?

Firstly, always stay on top of your paperwork, especially immigration related. It appears quite intimidating at first, but most of the time, it is pretty straightforward. Also, whenever the U.S. immigration authorities want something from you, it’s best to give them as soon as you can even though they might take an arbitrarily long time to get back to you. 

Secondly, connecting with your peers in class is just as important as making industry connections. It may feel a bit difficult to talk to people of other nationalities in your class, but it can be very rewarding.  

Lastly, change your computer language to default to English (U.S.) :-).