Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Full Course Load Reminder

In order to maintain your F-1 status, you need to be registered for full-time classes. This means, as an undergraduate student, you need 12 credit hours (9 hours must be traditional). Traditional classes are classes that meet in-person or face-to-face with your instructor and are not online courses. Graduate students are required to have 8 credit hours a semester to be full-time and only one class can be online. ESL students need to be registered for 17 credit hours a semester. There are options for students who are getting ready to graduate, who have medical issues, or who are initially struggling with the English language. We will have a  Reduced Course Loads article at a later date. Until then, if you have questions about your full-time registration, please come see us in the ISSS Office.

International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program offers a unique opportunity for international undergraduates, graduates, and scholars to build relationships with Kent State faculty and staff and their families for the purpose or exchanging culture in a unique and fulfilling way. Students/scholars can sign up for the International Friendship program at any time through the year and will be matched as soon as possible. The groups/pairs can arrange to spend time together as often as they would like. Program experiences can include family events, informal meals, regional outings, holiday celebrations, athletic events, or anything else that would enhance the student's experience in the U.S.  for the program can be found online. The program is sponsored by the Office of International Student Affairs. Questions about the program can be directed to Eron Memaj:
Spring 2018 Commencement

The reservation period for Spring 2018 Commencement is now open through April 6. Graduation candidates whose application for graduation has been tentatively accepted by their advising office for the current term have been contacted already via their Kent State email account with instructions to make their reservation.

Spring 2018 candidates can also make their reservation by logging into Flashline before April 6:
  1. Log into Flashline
  2. Click on the Student tab
  3. Under Resources, select Graduation
  4. Click RSVP for the Kent Campus Commencement Ceremony
  5. Select "Yes" to attend University Commencement at Dix Stadium
All graduates who complete the RSVP will be eligible to download six (6) guest tickets beginning on April 16.
Scam Alert for International Students

Kent State Student Legal Services Student Legal Services has received information from attorneys at other universities that international students are being targeted as victims of scams. The report that students have received phone calls from persons claiming they are from the United State Government. The scam artist claims the student is in trouble with the U.S. for failing to pay taxes and threatens that they will be sent to jail, lose their visa or be deported if they do not pay large sums of money. Typically, the victim is instructed to pay the money by purchasing gift cards such as for ITunes.

Do not become a victim of this type of scam. No one from the U.S. Government would contact you by telephone about such matters. If you do receive such a call, do not give the caller any personal information. Copy the phone number,  then block the number on your phone. Do not purchase any gifts cards or send any money in any form. Instead, immediately contact Student Legal Services for further help and assistance.

Phone : (330)672-9550  
To protect yourself from scams:
  • Do not answer a call if you don't recognize the phone number
  • Use good security on your laptop
  • Control your privacy settings on social media and do not accept friend requests from persons you do not know
  • Never agree to wire money, give your credit card information or cash a check for someone you do not know
  • Only visit websites and order goods form trusted sources
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 You may also feel free to contact his faculty advisors, Dr. Marty Jencius at and Dr. John Rainey at
Your participation in this study is most sincerely appreciated.
Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours

International Student and Scholar Services

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 
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
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 

Kent State 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration
International Student News
February 21, 2018  |  Number 6

International Students Find Fun and Friendship at Weekend Activities 
Two scheduled activities last weekend -- a ski trip to nearby Brandywine Ski Resort and a celebration of the Chinese New Year in the Kent Student Center Ballroom -- afforded students an opportunity to step away from their studies and enjoy themselves.

Kent State Ski Trip_ 2018 Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures last week, a small troop of students arrived at Brandywine Saturday morning to find plenty of snow on the slopes. Newcomers and experience skiers alike enjoyed spending the day careening down the snow trails to the delight of all.

That same evening, a large assembly of nearly 300 students packed into the KSC Ballroom to enjoy the numerous festivities which the Kent Chinese students had prepared to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog. During the celebration, the audience enjoyed festive decorations, numerous song and dance performances (see photo above), and delicious food and refreshments.
Pacifique Niyonzima Student Video Profile: Pacifique Niyonzima 
Hear how a student from Rwanda and current Office of Global Education intern overcame incredible odds to earn a degree and discover his purpose in higher education.
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 23  |  DJ Night Party
Room 206, Multicultural Center, Kent Student Center  | 7:30 pm 
Join the Kent Indian Association as they host an amazing night of party and dance. Bring your friends and have fun showing off your best moves on the dance floor. There will also be gifts and awards.

February 28  |  Cultural Café, Australia and Saudi Arabia
Kent Student Canter Ballroom Balcony  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm 
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  |   Cavs Game
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland  |  7:30 to 10:00 pm 
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 5  |   OPT Workshop
Room 018 (Lower Level), University Library |  3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
If you are graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for our next OPT workshop. The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. 

March 15  |  "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party
Room 111, Van Campen Hall  |  1:30 to 4:00 pm 
If you plan to travel this Spring Break, then you'll want to join the staff of the Office of Global Education for our "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party on March 15. 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  |  "NYC 2018" Spring Break Trip
New York City 
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

March 1  | Holi Festival
March 11  |  Daylight 
Savings Time Begins
March 17  |  St. Patrick's Day
March 20  |  First Day of Spring
March 21  |  Cultural Café: Finland and India
March 26 to April 1  |  Spring Break 
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