Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
OPT Application

Optional Practical Training: Registration Time!  
  For students graduating in May 2018, the period for applying for  Optional Practical Training  (OPT) will be opening on February 19th. OPT is an off-campus work authorization that directly relates to a student's major field of study and typically is applied for 90 days before graduation.
 
For the students interested in getting a jump-start on the application process, please view the  OPT Tutorial to view the different requirements for the application. Since the process is quite extensive and tedious, we require all students to complete the  OPT I-20 Request Form , which asks for all application documents to be uploaded in one PDF. We recommend scheduling a 30-minute appointment with an ISSS Advisor for any additional questions you might have.

Immigration Tip of the Week: NS/SF
 
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.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services 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.
 
A Unique Course Offering for Globally-Minded Students

This semester, the Office of International Programs and Education Abroad in the College of Arts and Sciences is offering a selective, undergraduate, 1 credit hour, experiential learning course, Leading in a Global Society: Breaking Cross-Cultural Boundaries. The objective of the course is to create projects that highlight the importance of inclusiveness in the Kent State University community that will be showcased at the end of the course in the form of an art gallery exhibition.

Students who are globally-minded and want to expand their cultural boundaries are invited to apply! If selected for this course, you only have to attend 3 meetings during the Spring 2018 semester with a 4th meeting time being optional. The deadline for registration is March 2.
Conversation Partners

The Conversation Partner Program at Kent State University is a volunteer program that pairs international students with students from the United States.  Once an international student and domestic student are paired, they meet once a week for one hour to have an informational conversation in English. The program not only helps int ernational students develop English skills, it helps build cultural awareness as well as rewarding friendships between students.
Graduate Student Requests Your Assistance

International Doctoral student Suleyman Akeil is conducting a study investigating the relationship between cyberbullying-victimization, acculturative stress and depression. To gather data for his study, he is requesting that his fellow international students complete a short survey. Participants in the survey will have the chance to win one of four $50 Visa Gift Cards. Click on the button below to take the survey.

If you have any questions about this study, Mr. Akeil may be contacted by email at sakcil@kent.edu. You may also feel free to contact his faculty advisors, Dr. Marty Jencius at mjencius@kent.edu and Dr. John Rainey at jrainey@kent.edu.
 
Your participation in this study is most sincerely appreciated.
Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours
International Student and Scholar Services

Mondays 
1:30 to 4:00 pm Last sign in at 3:45 
Tuesdays  9:00 to 11:30 am
Last sign in at 11:00 
Wednesdays 
9:00 to 11:30 am
Last sign in at 11:00 1:30 to 4:00 pm Last sign in at 3:45 
Thursdays  No Advising 
Fridays  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 

Seven Nepali Friends
International Student News
February 14, 2018  |  Number 5

Seven Friends from Nepal Uncover Academic Advantages at Kent State
Last fall, Kent State was privileged to welcome seven international students to its campus, all of which are friends from Nepal: Anit Kunwar, Saroj Dahal, Man Bahadur Kshetri, Swastik Shrestha, Bishal Pokhrel, Mahesh Gaire, and Salan Gahaju. Being close friends while living in Nepal, the seven still find it extraordinary that they all decided to choose Kent State as their academic destination. Among the seven, six are freshmen and one is a new graduate student. Despite their close friendship, the young men are pursuing radically different academic paths. Their selected majors include computer science, applied engineering, mechanical engineering, business administration and biotechnology .
 
From left to right in the above photo: Man Bahadur Kshetri, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology; Salan Ghaju, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology; Bishal Pokhrel, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology; Swastik Shrestha, Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics; Anit Kunwar, MBA, Information Systems; Saroj Dahal, Mechanical Engineering; and Mahesh Gaire, Computer Science.
 
Anit, who began work on his second master's degree this fall, recently talked about what first attracted him to Kent State, what it is like being an international student, and what he loves most about Kent State.

February 17  |  Chinese New Year Festival
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  7:30 to 10:30 pm 
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Chinese Student Association. Join them for an evening of performances, games, food and a raffle. Your registration is requested.

February 22  |  Internship, Co-op and Career Fair
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
 
Sponsored by the Center for Career Exploration and Development. Features a number of career-oriented workshops. 

February 22  |  Cultural Dialogues: Philippines and Tanzania
Room 200, White Hall  |  12:00 am to 1:00 pm 
Sponsored by the Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education and presented by the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). A light lunch is included.  

February 28  |  Cultural Café, Australia and Saudi Arabia
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm 
Cultural Cafe_ Australia and Saudi Arabia_ February 28
Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Australia and Saudi Arabia as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 

March 3  Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Basketball Game
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland  |  Game Time: 7:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Basketball Game_ March 3
Join the Office of Global Education and your fellow Kent State students as we travel north to Downtown Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena to watch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Denver Nuggets in a star-studded NBA Basketball match-up. The big game gets underway at 7:30 pm. You won't want to miss all of the action. Tickets are $30 for ISAF students ($40 for non-ISAF) and includes transportation to and from the game by luxury motor coach.
March 15  Sign and Dine Travel Signature Party
Room 111, Van Campen Hall  |  1:30 to 4:00 pm 
Sign and Dine Travel Signature Party_ March 15 If you'll be traveling this upcoming Spring Break, then you'll want to join the staff of the Office of Global Education for our "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party. Get your travel signature while enjoying fun, refreshments, giveaways and prizes. It's a fast, fun way to get your travel signature. We'll see you there!

March 28 to 31  |  New York City, Spring Break Trip 2018
New Your City Skyline Announcing NYC 2018. Join other international students for the trip of the year - spring break in New York City. Explore the largest city in the United States with friends and advisors from the Office of Global Education. Travel by motor coach, leaving Wednesday, March 28 and returning Saturday, March 31. The cost is $200 for students assessed the International Student Activity Fee ($540 for students not assessed the fee), and includes transportation, lodging, breakfast daily, one dinner, and a 3-day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour ticket.

Plan Ahead

February 14  |  Valentine's Day
February 16  |  Chinese New Year
March 5  |  OPT Workshop
March 11  |  Daylight Savings Time Begins
(turn your clocks ahead one hour)
March 17  | St. Patrick's Day

March 20  |  First Day of Spring
March 26 to April 1  |  Spring Break 
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