HD 103 International Student First Year Experience • 2 Cr.


Provides international students new to the American college system the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the U.S. higher education environment. Required for all new-to-American college students enrolled in ten or more credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


Prerequisite: Required for all new F-1 students on BC’s I-20


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe where and how to access support services and activities available at BCC and ISP.
  • Demonstrate use of US college vocabulary and BCC terminology
  • Identify characteristics of successful international students
  • Identify culture shock barriers and other barriers to college success
  • Develop personal goals and strategies for success
  • Clearly follow F-1 visa requirements and stay in status
  • Describe the levels of the US education system and identify how to successfully transfer to a four-year institution
  • Demonstrate the importance of diversity within an American college environment and their role in diversity issues as ISP students
  • Describe how to register, receive advising and access campus resources
  • Establish social connections with cohort of international students
  • Establish academic connections with BCC faculty and staff




  • Student Services