Caltech offers a rich diversity of clubs available to students, employees and affiliated members of the Caltech and JPL community. The Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) registers and supports undergraduate student clubs. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) represents and supports graduate student needs. The Student Affairs Program Fund provides funds and assistance to student clubs or organizations that provide campus-wide programs.
Open to spouses and partners of Caltech students, postdocs and JPL scientists with international backgrounds. We are from different cultures and speak different languages, but share similar experiences of working to make Pasadena our new home. In CISC, we share our interests, cultures, life experiences, adventures, and even our grandmothers' recipes! We help each other with information and nurture our friendships to overcome the difficulties of living in a foreign country to create fulfilling lives for ourselves and our families. If you find yourself alone while your spouse is busy studying or working, you are warmly welcomed to join the fun we have here at CISC.
Caltech Postdoctoral Association
The Caltech Postdoctoral Association (CPA) is a dynamic organization more than 650 postdoctoral scholars. CPA is administered by postdocs and mandated to enhance the postdoctoral experience at Caltech and JPL. Activities are directed by an elected board of directors. All postdocs who are interested in shaping their postdoc experience are highly encouraged to get involved and make a difference for all.
The International Offices host this annual series for international students and scholars seeking immigration information regarding employment in the United States. Topics include: practical training, options for academia or industry, and lawful permanent residence.
Mondays | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Week 2 - Week 10 during each Academic Term
Open to all students, Intercultural Discussion Group (IDG) is co-hosted by the International Offices and the Counseling Center. The group meets weekly during each academic term, beginning week two through week ten. Facilitators introduce a new topic each group and encourage students to discuss their perspectives.
Caltech and JPL partner with Nestle, Ernst & Young, and the French American Chamber of Commerce to host networking and educational events for relocated spouses who are looking for career opportunities in the Los Angeles area. The purpose of IDCN is to provide insight into the job opportunities available in the participating companies and to network with HR professionals and other relocated spouses/partners. Interested spouses/partners can enroll in IDCN by sending an email to email@example.com.
A week of student, faculty, and staff presentations, highlighting Caltech's international excellence in education and exchange. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. The International Offices, in coordination with the Caltech community, sponsors campus-wide events throughout one week each November.
Monthly | Typically 2nd Thursday | 8:45 - 11:00 AM | East Bridge (#33)
All first time Caltech and JPL J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to attend orientation. All other new scholars, spouses/partners, and families are welcome to participate. We will provide information about regulations affecting your immigration status in the United States. We will also share advice to assist you and your family as you transition to life in Pasadena.
Fall Term | Begins at 4:00 PM | Wednesday, September 13, 2017
International Student Orientation is designed to help incoming international students feel comfortable in their new surroundings and to help them adjust to life in the United States and at Caltech. International Student Orientation takes place in Avery Dining Room (building 99 on the Caltech campus map). View photos of our 2015 orientation program.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Programs
The JPL International Office hosts several annual workshops and information sessions for employees, postdocs, and visiting researchers. Business Administration Managers and hosts are also invited to attend. Current workshops include H-1B v. J-1 Comparison and Planning for Legal Permanent Residency. The JPL International Office is also available to do other sessions as requested, such as Short-Term Visitors to JPL: B-1 and WB.
The International Offices purchase access codes for Sprintax a web-based program designed for students, faculty, post-docs and staff who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, and who will file federal taxes as nonresidents. For a nominal fee, those individuals can also use Sprintax to prepare and file their state taxes. Additionally, each year a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) presents a seminar to provide line-by-line instruction on how to complete California nonresident tax returns.
The International Offices softball team, “Globe Throopers," provides the international community a great introduction to the game plus opportunities to develop friendships with American students. Summer games are coordinated by the Graduate Student Council Intramural Softball League. View photos of our 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 seasons.
A week of cultural presentations and the International Food Fair. Celebrating the cultural diversity of the Caltech community, World Fest is sponsored by the International Offices and the Caltech Y, in coordination with a number of international and cultural student clubs. Events take place across campus during one week each spring. View photos of the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 World Fest celebrations.
ISP offers a variety of events and activities for students to become more familiar with the area and with one another during periods when classes are not in session. Winter break programs have included excursions to the Huntington Library, L.A.'s Chinatown, and other areas of cultural or regional significance. ISP hosts an annual Winter Party. View photos of our 2014 2013, 2012, 2011 Winter Parties.