The International Cell is a student-run body which works in collaboration with the Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) and a faculty mentor to cater to the needs of foreign exchange students, and provide the SSLA student body with information and guidance about academic opportunities abroad. It works under the ambit of Symbiosis International’s (Deemed University) larger vision of internationalization of higher education. It plays an important administrative role in streamlining processes for incoming and outgoing students. In addition, it seeks to offer solutions for problems that international students may have during their stay in Pune, or the SSLA student body may face regarding applying for or continuing education abroad. The cell is segmented into three divisions – Incoming (which includes student and faculty exchanges), Outgoing and Further Studies, which work closely together to serve the needs of the SSLA community.
The Incoming Cell is the immediate point of contact for foreign exchange students during their time at SSLA. From their arrival at the institute till their departure at the end of the semester, the Incoming cell is responsible for ensuring that they understand the processes and requirements of the college. The cell’s responsibilities include helping the students with their registration paperwork, FRRO process, course selection and getting them acquainted to life at SSLA and in Pune. The Incoming cell has created a welcome kit that is given to every exchange student at their arrival. It holds information about the college, locality and the city including a list of important phone numbers and email addresses that they may require during their stay. In conclusion, the Incoming Cell is responsible for helping the exchange students at SSLA have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
The outgoing cell is the mediator between the students of SSLA and the SCIE. The cell helps students who wish to go on a semester abroad, exchange or summer school programmes in other countries, with their paperwork, transcripts, course mapping and credit transfers to ensure that they have a smooth transition in their host countries. It is the responsibility of the Outgoing Cell to make sure that students are following deadlines, have completed the necessary paperwork, and are in constant communication with SSLA regarding their subjects and coursework. In sum, the Outgoing Cell helps all students going for the Global Immersion Programmes (GIP) through SSLA, to lighten their load of work and help them through each of their processes.
The Further Studies cell assists students in acquiring information regarding post graduate opportunities abroad. The cell does so by conducting seminars which specifically counsel students in identifying a stream to match their aptitude and interests. Furthermore, the cell organizes GRE/GMAT coaching classes and assists students with their application processes.