Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
 
A student is eligible for CPT if:
  1. He or she is in valid F-1 status at the time of application and has been in full-time status on the same SEVIS record for one academic year at the same educational level (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral) preceding the CPT application.
  2. The student abides by all rules surrounding full-time course registration while on CPT. Full-time CPT authorization is comparable to a full course of study, if it is required by their program.
  3. The CPT experience is either:
    1. Satisfying a program requirement placed on all students, or
    2. Optional, meaning the student will register for coursework in their program of study in the concurrent term to represent the CPT experience (example: an internship or independent study credit).
No matter if the work is voluntary or paid, the student must BE AP PROVED for CPT before they begin working For more information, please visit our  Curricular Practical Training webpage.
International Graduates:

Register for the International Graduation Reception by Monday, April 23 to Receive a FREE Graduation Stole Embroidered with the Name of Your Home Country
 
International Graduation Reception
In celebration, the Office of Global Education, International Student Affairs, and the Alumni Association would like to recognize your achievements as an international graduate by presenting you with a FREE Graduation Stole embroidered with the name of your home (see photo above). Graduation stoles are traditional adornments worn at graduation to denote outstanding achievement and membership within a community.

International Graduation Reception_ May 10 To receive your FREE graduation stole, you must register before Monday, April 23 for the
International Graduation Reception which will be celebrated May 10. You will receive your stole at the Reception.
Travel Signatures  
 
Traveling Outside the US this Summer? Plan Ahead!
International students planning to travel outside the United States over the summer need to obtain a travel signature prior to leaving the country. We invite you to plan ahead in requesting a travel signature. The best way to do this is to join us to connect, enjoy refreshments, and receive your travel signature all at once.
 
Sign & Dine
Thursday, April 26, 2018
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Office of Global Education, VCH 106
 
Ensure you have the correct travel documents and approvals with you.
Please remember to travel with the following documents:
  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa
  • I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature (see following)
  • EAD card, job offer letter, and pay stubs (if you are participating in OPT or STEM OPT - pay stubs are optional)
If you are unable to join us for this event, you can obtain a travel signature by dropping off your most recent I-20/DS-2019 to the reception desk at the Office of Global Education
during normal business hours. Your I-20 will be ready for pick up the following business day with an updated travel signature on page 2 for I-20s or page 1 for DS-2019s. The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT).
 
Because of required processing time, we recommend that you plan well in advance to obtain your travel signature. 
 
The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT). 
Answering the DACA Question  

If you are a DACA student (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attending Kent State, you may rightfully be confused about the status of the program, especially in regards to renewal applications. Recent actions within the U.S. government towards the program have left many uncertainties and questions.
 
To assist your understanding of the recent actions and your resulting, Kent State Student Legal Services has made available a helpful Questions and Answers document, which was originally published by the Immigrant Legal Services Center of the University of California in late March. We encourage all DACA students to review the document and take any appropriate action. Simply click the link below to access the document.
University Library Offering Workshops for International Students

The University Library is offering the following one-hour workshops, which are designed specifically to support the academic success of international students. All workshops are free and are held in the University Library.

Writing Literature Reviews
April 19, 9:15 am, Room 334
 
Public Speaking
April 19, 4:30 pm, Room 018 (lower level)
 
Academic Writing Workshop
April 23, 3:00 pm Room 334
 
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
April 25, 4:00 pm, Room 334
 
APA Workshop
April 26, 10:00 am, Room 333
 
Citation Management Workshop
April 27, 10:00 am, Room 334

More Resources for Instruction:
For more information, contact Peggy Nzomo, Global Education Librarian
Phone: 330-672-1661
Walk-In Advising Hours for Spring 2018

Please note: There will be no Walk-In Advising on Friday, April 20, due to a department meeting. Regular Friday advising will resume on April 27. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday  
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Tuesday
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
Wednesday
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45 
Thursday
No Advising 
Friday  
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
 
Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Email: isss@kent.edu 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 

International Student News
April 18, 2018  |  Number 13  
Global Ambassadors
Become a Global Ambassador

Kent State Global Ambassadors Global Ambassadors provide a welcoming and friendly environment for those international students who are newly arrived to the Kent campus. They help international students adjust to life at Kent State, connect them to campus and academic resources, introduce them to the local area and offer insights into the nuances of American culture. Their knowledge and experience of the Kent State Community make them the ideal mentors for international student attempting to find a way to fit in, socialize and have fun!

The Office of Global Education is currently recruiting new Global Ambassadors to assist new international student who will arrive for fall semester. If you like meeting new friends and helping them overcome the challenges of navigating a new environment, we encourage you to become a Global Ambassadors. Its a personally rewarding experience in which you'll have fun while helping people discover Kent State.
Become a Global Ambassador today!

For more information about becoming a Global Ambassador, contact the Office of Global Education at: isss@kent.edu.
Students Discover Cleveland with Visits to Art Museum, West Side Market
 
International Students enjoying the Cleveland Art Adventrue_ April 14 About a dozen students joined the Office of Global Education this past Saturday for a Cleveland Art Adventure. The students started their morning at the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. They then took a bus ride from Cleveland's East Side to its West Side for an afternoon of culinary exploration at the West Side Market. During the bus trip across town, the students enjoyed a leisurely ride during which they traversed  Cleveland's lakefront and downtown where they caught a glimpse of many of the area's local attractions and points of interests.
Upcoming Events
April 18  |  Cultural Café, Rwanda and Vietnam
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, Third Floor  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm 
Cultural Cafe_ Rwanda and Vietnam_ April 18 Join us for our final Cultural Cafe of the semester. Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Rwanda and Vietnam as two international students host fascinating and informative presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 
April 18  |  A Flash of Cultures: Art Gallery Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Room 134, Uumbaji Gallery, Oscar Ritchie Hall  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm 
A Flash of Culture_ April 18 View the gallery then join to hear a panel discussion on how art can bridge cross-cultural boundaries between. Panel includes three well-recognized intellectuals in the Kent State Community: Drs. Marcello Fantoni, Uma Krishnan and Kristin Staslowski. Refreshments provided. Free and open to all.
April 18  |  Entrepreneur Workshop
Multicultural Center,  Room 206, Kent Student Center  |  7:00 to 8:30 pm 
Are you an international student with a great idea for a business, but aren't sure how to set up one in the United States? Then join LaunchNET to get free legal advice, receive tips on setting up a successful buisness and learn about business related resources available to you on campus. Win $380 towards Optional Practical Training (OPT). 
April 19  |  Career 911!
Center for University Excellence, Room 141  |  4:30 to 6:30 pm
Career 911_ April 12 and 19 Not sure what to do after graduation? Career 911 is here to help. Sponsored by Career Exploration and Development, Career 911 covers everything you need for post-graduate success. Plus, FREE Pizza! Don't miss it.     
April 20  |  International Fashion and Talent Show
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  7:00 to 10:00 pm
International Talent and Fashion Show_ April 20
The annual International Fashion and Talent Show incorporates a fashion show displaying the traditional clothes from different parts of the world. It also includes a talent show where students portray their talents from singing, dancing and more. The event also includes free cultural cuisines from around the world. 
April 22  |  College "Suit-Up" Event
JCPenney Store, Chapel Hill Mall |  6:30 to 9:30 pm 
Join Career Exploration and Development at the Chapel Hill Mall JCPenney Store for the Suit-Up Event. The event is open to all Kent State University students (must have Flashcard to enter) and their family/support members (must be accompanied by the student). Personal shopping in the career apparel sections of the store will allow students to purchase professional attire at savings of an additional 40% off the already discounted 30% off price, using the in-store coupon provided that evening.
April 25  |  International Scholar Poster Fair
Second Floor Mezzanine, Kent Student Center |  1:00 to 3:00 pm 
International Sholar Poster Fair_ April 25 The Office of Global Education invites you to explore the important work and research being performed by Kent State International Scholars. The Poster Fair format enables you to meet our scholars and listen as they present their research.
April 26  |  SummerTime Sign and Dine
Office of Global Education, Van Campen Hall  |  1:30 to 4:00 pm 
SummerTime Sign and Dine_ April 26 International students planning to travel outside the United States over the summer need to obtain a travel signature prior to leaving the country. We invite you to plan ahead in requesting a travel signature. The best way to do this is to join us to connect, enjoy refreshments, and receive your travel signature all at once.
April 27  |  World Music Ensembles
Ludwig Recital Hall, Center for the Performing Art |  8:00 to 9:30 pm 
Experience music from around the world with the Thai Ensemble, African Ensemble and Steel Band. This concert is free and open to the public.
Plan Ahead
 
April 13 to May 6  |  Spring for the Arts
April 28  | Kent State Night at Progressive Field: Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
May 1 |  World Music: Asian Music  
May 4  |  May Fourth Remembrance
May 6  |  Spring Classes End
May 7 to 13  |  Spring Final Examinations
May 10  | International Graduation Reception
May 12  |  Spring Commencement 

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