Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Making an Appointment with ISSS

We are live on KSA Advising and are ready to meet you for a one-on-one appointment. In order to schedule your appointment today, please go to our Make an Appointment page . If you are uncertain as to whether you need to make an appointment or come during Walk-In Advising times, please refer to our Office and Advising Hours page . On this page there is a list of the different discussion topics provided, along with what type of appointment you should consider making with ISSS.

You might also be surprised to learn that many of our processes are online at our 
Guides and Forms page and do not require a visit to ISSS. From the ISSS Advisors, we look forward to seeing you around our office!
NF/SF Grades  

Did you know?
Attending class is the number one predictor of academic success. Similarly,  maintaining full time status is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status. As an international student, it is important to know that earning grades of NF (Never Attended Fail) or SF (Stopped Attending Fail) can result in loss of full-time status, as those grades do not bear credit.

For example, if you are enrolled in 12 credit hours, but receive a NF or SF in one 3-credit hour course, your final credits earned at the end of the semester would be 9. Your SEVIS record will be terminated (F-1 status and I-20 or J-1 status and DS-2019) if you have dropped below full-time enrollment.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) verifies credit completion for all students on F-1 and J-1 visas regularly. If you have obtained an NF or an SF in any class (check your Graduate Planning System or GPS in FlashLine), we advise you to discuss your situation with your professor or academic advisor and rectify the issue before the end of the semester.
 
OPT Application 

For students completing their studies and graduating this May, it may be time to consider applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). All of the information you need to apply can be found in our OPT Tutorial. While on OPT, you are required to notify ISSS of changes in your employer, address, phone, etc. within 10 days of any changes. The process to do this is changing and we will be communicating with applicants the new steps how to maintain their status. 

Do you have questions outside of the OPT Tutorial? Stop in to ask ISSS during Walk-In Advising.
On Campus Employment 

The federal government has stated that F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus while class is in session for up to 20 hours a week. Breaks such as spring, winter, and summer permit up to 28 hours a week, per KSU guidelines. We wanted to remind you that we do monitor your hours and are required to change your status from ACTIVE to TERMINATED for unauthorized employment if you work more than 20 hours while class is in session. Here are some tips to avoid issues:
  • Talk with your supervisor to let them know of your work restriction to only 20 hours.
  • Monitor your hours closely.
  • If you clock in before/after your shift is set to start, make sure to count that additional time toward your 20 hours.
  • If you work in services and you have a hard time finishing work on time, work with your supervisor to develop a plan to make sure you don't go over your hours.
The ISSS office is here to help, so do not hesitate to stop in and ask us a question about on-campus employment  during Walk-In Advising .
Income Tax Reminder  

Reminder to International Students: It's Time to File Your Income Taxes
Federal law requires all international students to file an income tax return each year. Tax returns for 2017 are due April 17, 2018 for students who worked in 2017 or June 15, 2018 for students who did not have income in 2017 within the United States. The  Kent State 2017 Tax Guide  is now available with 
step-by-step instructions to help you determine your residency status as a 
non-resident alien or resident alien, and to guide you through the 2017 tax filing process.
 
Links to Helpful Resources:
For a more in-depth explanation about filing your U.S. income taxes, please 
refer to our previous article from our February 28, 2018  issue of the
University Library Offering Workshops for International Students

If you are graduating this May, congratulations! Many international students want their family and/or friends to visit for graduation. Often times, these individuals will need a visa to enter the United States. In order to prepare them for a visa interview, you can provide them support by writing them an invitation letter. 

We offer a guide, along with an example letter, on our  Invitation Letter Guideline page  to help you. You will also want to send them a copy of your transcripts to demonstrate you are a current student enrolled in courses at Kent State University. Transcripts can be ordered online through the  Registrar's Office

Once again, congratulations if you are graduating this May and we look forward to seeing your friends and family here on campus.
Host for the Holidays 
Survey

Feedback requested!
A group of Kent State University students is proposing a new program, Host for the Holidays, where international students will get the opportunity to experience a home away from home during the winter break. Would you please consider taking this 5 minute survey to help gauge interest in their idea? The survey can 
be found here.  
Walk-In Advising Hours for Spring 2018

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 4, 2018  |  Number 11   
Kent State international students enjoy lunch in New York City during Spring Break 2018.
Students Explore the Big Apple during Spring Break
 
Our ISSS advisors and 39 international students journeyed to NYC for a few days for Spring Break and Beyond visiting all of the amazing sites, creating new friendships and forging memories that will last a lifetime in the backdrop of the big city lights. Organized through the Office of Global Education, the group had the opportunity to walk through Central Park, tour the Statue of Liberty, and visit the 9/11 Memorial. Other exciting activities included walking the Brooklyn Bridge, seeing Wall Street, and t aking photos at the top of the Rockefeller Center. All trip attendees were treated to some of the most famous pizza pie in Brooklyn-Juliana's pizza. The ISSS advisors on the trip had a blast getting to know the students and are glad so many students joined them on this amazing adventure.
Upcoming Events
April 6  |   OPT Workshop
Room 018 (Lower Level), University Library  |  3:00 to 4:30 pm
If you are graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's ISSS Advisors for our next OPT workshop. The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. 
April 12  |   "Whose Career Is It Anyway
Schwartz Center Auditorium  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Whose Career Is It Anyway__ April 12 Join Career Exploration and Development for its Game Show Extravaganza "Whose Career is It Anyway!" Win prizes, earn Flashperks, Enjoy free Vegan and Vegetarian Food, Network with Employers, and More! Free and open to all.    
April 12 and 19  |   Career 911!
Center for University Excellence, Room 141  |  4:30 to 6:30 pm
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 14  |  Cleveland Art Adventure
Cleveland Art Museum, Bus Tour of Downtown and West Side Market  |  Day Trip
Cleveland Art Adventure_ April 14 Join us as we take a Saturday Day Trip to Cleveland, OH. We will spend the morning at the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. Then we'll take leisurely drive through downtown Cleveland to see numerous points of interest before we arrive at the West Side Market for an afternoon of shopping and fun. Join us! 
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  |  Entrepreneur Workshop
Multicultural Center,  Room 206, Kent Student Center  |  7:00 to 8:30 pm 
Entrepreneur Workshop_ April 18 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 20  |  International Fashion and Talent Show
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  7:00 to 10:00 pm 
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 28  |  Kent State Night at Progressive Field
First Pitch  |  4:10 pm
Cleveland Indians
Join us for Kent State
University Night at Progressive Field. Watch MLB action as the hometown Cleveland Indians take on the Seattle Mariners. Arrive early and enjoy the special Kent State pregame event in the East Ninth Street Patio within Progressive Field with raffles, drawings, giveaways, music and more. 
Use the special Offer Code KIPNIS to purchase discounted tickets!
May 10  |  International Graduation Reception
Kent State Student Center Ballroom  |  4:00 to 
6:00 pm
International Graduation Reception_ May 10
Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates. Celebrate your success with us at the International Graduation Reception. The event is free and open to all international students graduating this semester. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. The event is FREE, but we ask you to please register in advance. Register by April 23 and receive a FREE Graduation Stole embroidered with the name of your home country!
Plan Ahead

May 4  |  May 4th Remembrance  
May 6  |  Spring Classes End
May 7 to 13  |  Spring Final Examinations
May 12  |  Spring Commencement

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