Winter Program in China

We are pleased to let you know that we are accepting applications for our CUNY-BC winter 2017 China program.  This program is designed in such a way that all travel is education-related, with an academic focus on the courses we teach at real sites in China. The five cities we have chosen to visit are all sites of historic and cultural importance.  Click here for the Flyer: china-flyer and here for the program website:
MA students can get credit for this course, so if you are interested, please send an email to

International Affairs Fall 2016: New York events

UN Day celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The date this year is October 26, with a special focus on climate change. This free event should be lively and interesting, with an expert panel, discussion, networking, plus a buffet-reception and live music.  With participation by NGOs, community groups and activists, the event can promote community collaborations along with awareness about the UN and action on Sustainable Development Goals such as addressing climate change.
Because of the big response last year, RSVPs are strongly recommended.
New York University
Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
and the Network of East-West Women
Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
Fall 2016 Schedule
 Fridays 4:30 to 6:00 pm, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies  285 Mercer St., 7th Floor
September 16: Aušra ParkAssistant Professor, Political Science, Siena College  
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Female Presidents (Lithuania, Latvia, Kosovo, Croatia)”
October 7: Fabio Mattiolli, Assistant Professor, Faculty Fellow at the Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University
 “Manhood and Authoritarian Financialization in Macedonia”
November 11: Victoria Apostol, Founder, the Group of Feminist Initiatives, Moldova
“The Rise of Religious Populism in Eastern Europe”
December 9 : Marina KingsburyLecturer, Political Science, University of AL at Huntsville
“Let’s Have More Russian Babies: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Shapes Family Policy in Russia”

Study Abroad Workshop

Preparing to study abroad? The Office of International Education & Global Engagement is pleased to announce that we are hosting a scholarship writing workshop! This event will be held in 1108 Boylan Hall from 12:30PM – 2:00PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Learn about scholarships and stipends that are available for study and research abroad. Learn the key points of a winning scholarship application and increase the quality of your written proposals. Practice with professionals and receive insider tips from IEGE. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact the Office of International Education & Global Engagement at 718-951-5189 or visit

This workshop is open to all students, but is in high-demand and limited to 20 participants. We hope to see you there!

Graduation 2016-2017

Watch this space for all information about the 2017 graduation, which is for anyone receiving their degree in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017.  You will also be receiving a monthly e-newsletter from the Commencement Team, which is their primary way of communicating all details.  So you should ensure that their e-mail addresses are updated in CUNYfirst. And if you do not receive the e-newsletter, please subscribe by contacting us.

How Do You Know If  You Are Eligible to Graduate?
To participate in the 2017 Brooklyn College Commencement Exercises, students should have met all requirements for graduation or will meet all requirements for graduation by September 1, 2017. Students can determine if they have met or will meet the requirements through the graduation auditing process by filing through CUNYfirst.
Upcoming Deadlines
Students who are completing their degree requirements in fall 2016 must file for graduation by September 15, 2016.
Students who anticipate completing their degree requirements in the spring 2017 semester (June 1, 2017 graduation date) must file for graduation by February 15, 2017.
Students who anticipate completing their degree requirements in the summer 2017 semesters (September 1, 2017 graduation date) must file for graduation by May 15, 2017.
Save the Dates
Master’s Ceremony I:  Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Master’s Ceremony II:  Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Special Accommodations: Candidates who need special accommodations for themselves or their guests should contact the Commencement Team by TBA.  Brooklyn College does not provide wheelchairs. Individuals are responsible for bringing their own. Students should confer with their guests in advance about any accommodations to avoid accessibility difficulties.
Purchasing Commencement Cap, Gown, and Stole
To participate in the commencement ceremonies, you must purchase and wear a Brooklyn College cap and gown (and, as a master’s students, a stole). Commencement wear is available at the Brooklyn College Bookstore.
When and Where Can You Pick up Your Diplomas?
After the commencement ceremonies, the Office of the Registrar will notify students by e-mail when their diplomas are available and will provide them with the information they will need to claim it.  To make sure you receive that message, please make sure that your correct e-mail address is on file in CUNYfirst.

Graduate Student Mixer

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) of Brooklyn College will host a Fall 2016 graduate student mixer – watch this space for details.  Give school work a break and come network with fellow BC colleagues while enjoying free food, entertainment, and a chance to get Brooklyn College giveaways!  In the Student Center Penthouse from 6:30 to 10:00 pm.  Details here:


Learning Center: Writing Support for Graduate Students

The Learning Center (LC) provides free peer and professional tutoring in courses across the curriculum.  We are open 7 days a week: M-TH: 10 AM – 7 PM, F: 10 AM – 3 PM, and S/SU: 12 PM – 4 PM.  Students will find it a congenial place to share ideas, consult with a tutor, and improve their skills.  Computers are also available for use.   Students working on writing assignments can get support at every stage of the writing process, from outlining to revising, and everything in between.  For graduate students, the Learning Center hired a tutor, Ted Demos, to work specifically with graduate students.  He is available to meet with you to discuss writing strategies and to help you take advantage of all resources available in the Center.  To make an appointment, please call the center at 718.951.5821, or stop by.  For all non-writing  subjects, students may drop in during our posted days and times.  Tutorials are conducted in small groups or one-on-one depending on availability.  Our full schedule is available on our website at and updated throughout the semester.