International Bridge Program

International Graduate Student Bridge Program

Studying in a foreign country can be both challenging and exciting. International students often experience a period of cultural adjustment when they first arrive to the United States and specifically Johns Hopkins University.

Graduate affairs staff, in collaboration with various offices on the campus launched the International Graduate Student Bridge Program to better support this transition process for new international graduate students.

(Please note: School of Education graduate students are also welcome to attend all Bridge Program events.)

Welcome Week Events

(International graduate students are expected to attend these two sessions.)

Successfully Transitioning to the JHU Culture and Campus Resources
Dr. Garima Lamba
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Location: Clipper Room (Shriver Hall, Third Floor)

Understanding the Academic Culture at Johns Hopkins
Dr. Eric Rice, School of Education
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Location: Clipper Room (Shriver Hall, Third Floor)

Bridge Program Information Sessions During the Academic Year

Social Security Numbers and Driver’s Licenses
12:00 -1:00 P.M.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Location: Great Hall (Levering Hall, behind the coffee station the First Floor)

“Library Services: More than Just Books”
Presented by the Staff of the Sheridan Libraries
3:30 -4:30 P.M.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Location: Great Hall (Levering Hall, behind the coffee station on the First Floor)

Credit in the United States: Protecting your Credit, Important Documents and Identity
3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
October 31, 2013
Location: Clipper Room (Shriver Hall, Third Floor)

Finding a Job: Searching, Applying and Interviewing
Presented by the Office of Career Services, Amanda Baker
November 14, 2013
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Location TBD

Surviving in Grad School: Managing Stress, Expanding Your Support Group 
Dr. Garima Lamba
December 5, 2013
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Sherwood Room, Levering Hall

Enhancing Communication and Networking Skills for Personal, Academic and Professional Success
Presented by the Office of Career Services, Amanda Baker and Dr. Garima Lamba
January 16, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Mattin 160

Introduction to Taxes in the United States For F-1 and J-1 Non-Immigrants
February 27, 2014
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Hackerman B17

Finding Work/Life Balance
Dr. Garima Lamba
March 13, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Mattin 162

Landlords and Tenants: Maximizing the Relationship
Presented by the Office of Off-Campus Housing, Hana Hasan-McDonald
April 10, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Mattin 162

Reconnecting to Family and Home after Being in the United States
Dr. Garima Lamba
May 6, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 P.M., Mattin 162

Contact Us
Christine Kavanagh, Director of Graduate Academic Affairs, Whiting School of Engineering