Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
We Want to Highlight YOU
Want to be featured in a newsletter? We would love to highlight you! If you are chosen to be interviewed, we will ask you information about why you decided to attend Kent State, any organizations you are involved in around campus, and the best way for fellow students to reach out. This way, you can learn about other students with similar interests and learn more about organizations around campus you may want to be involved in. 
If you would like to be highlighted, please contact Alexandra Horchy at by putting "International Student Profile" in the subject line. Feel free to check out previous student profiles here.
ISSS Updates

Washington, D.C.-- Registration Extended!
There's still time to join your fellow international students and members of the OGE staff on a trip to Washington, D.C.! The bus will leave Van Campen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 28 and return around 2:00 am on March 31. 

We will explore the sights and sounds of the U.S. Capital city including museums, monuments, and more. Your registration includes transportation via motor coach, hotel, breakfast while in DC, and a guided bus tour of the National Monuments. Feel free to explore with us or on your own. We are all about having fun on this trip! As much as we love everyone at Kent State, only currently enrolled Kent State international students and scholars are eligible to attend. Tell your friends and spend your spring break exploring Washington, D.C.!

Questions? Please contact our trip coordinator at
Success Coaching! Seminar
The Success Coaching! Seminar is a half-semester course designed to give students an opportunity to recognize and embrace their interests, skills, talent, creativity, and gifts they possess naturally to inspire and maximize personal growth.

Upon completion, students will prepare a comprehensive action plan for achieving short-term and long-term goals, develop self-awareness practices, as well as develop practices to increase life balance and success.

Remaining courses availabe:

March 7-May 5, 2019
Tuesdays, 2:15 pm to 3:55 pm
Room 163, Visual Arts Center
One (1) credit hour
CRN: 22283
Course: 10095
Section 010


March 7-May 5, 2019
Wednesdays, 2:15 pm to 3:55 pm
Room 255, Visual Arts Center
One (1) credit hour
CRN: 22284
Course: 10095
Section 011

For more information, please contact Pamela Jones at 330-672-0972 or

Midterm Grades
All freshmen or first-year undergraduate students will receive midterm grades to help them check their academic progress. If this applies to you, check your grades to ensure you have no NF (Never Attended Fail) or SF (Stopped Attending Fail) grades, as they can affect your immigration status negatively. ISSS verifies credit completion for all students on F-1 and J-1 visas regularly and if you have obtained an NF or an SF in any class, we advise you to discuss your situation with your professor or academic advisor to rectify the issue before the end of the semester. If the issue is not fixed, an NF or SF grade could put you below the full-time course load requirement and your SEVIS record would be terminated at the end of the semester. You can avoid this issue by checking your grades and fixing them now. If you have questions about regarding your immigration status and the effects of NF/SF grades, please talk to ISSS by  making an appointment  or coming to  Walk-In Advising.

Helping to Detect Scams
Every individual with a cell phone or email address has most likely received some sort of scam communication. It is important to know the difference between scam and regular communication, because giving individuals information in the course of a scam can leave you vulnerable, sometimes financially speaking. Our Information Services department offers help on  security awareness. Make sure to read through the information carefully. They provide contact information at the bottom of the page in case you have questions or concerns.

For phone calls and emails alike, remember to never give information such as your phone number, address, birth date, social security number, visa information, etc. In the case that someone is calling from a company you work with or a school you have attended, then they should have your information in front of them to verify. Stay safe and be smart out there!
NF/SF Grades
Did you know? Attending class is the number one predictor of academic success. Similarly, maintaining full-time enrollment 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.

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.
ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

Walk-In Advising 
9:00 am to 11:00 am
1:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Call-In Advising 
9:00 am to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
No advising
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 
106 Van Campen Hall
International Student News
February 27, 2019 |  Week 7
Education Abroad Profile: Mallory Raitz
Mallory Raitz is a senior fashion merchandising major who studied abroad the fall semester of her junior year in Florence, Italy. She chose Florence because Italy is the center of Europe, making it very easy for her to travel. Going to Florence would give her not only the time to study, but also the time to explore surrounding countries. Mallory wanted to attend Kent State for its superb fashion program, and because she could also have the "college experience," which other fashion schools do not offer.
Mallory's favorite part of studying abroad was being able live with her close friends in a foreign country and learning from the people she met from around the world. She loved being independent and learning how to live on her own while living in a new country. She says the hardest part of living in Florence was the fact that there was no dishwasher, clothes dryer, or air conditioning. Grocery stores in Italy are also very different which made grocery shopping difficult. Her experience helped her grow as a person and become more independent. She says, "whenever we took trips not sponsored by the school, we had to set them up ourselves." This includes making her own travel plans and getting hotels. It was also important to learn the language and key words from other countries she visited so she could communicate.
Through studying abroad, Mallory gained a better understanding of different cultures. She says she became "more sensitive of other cultures and the way others think." She loved interacting with different people from around the world and learning about how their lives differ from hers in America. After college Mallory wants to move to a bigger city. She is currently looking at fashion related jobs in New York City. Mallory's ideal job is one where she can travel a lot and have opportunities to meet new people.

Article written by  Alexandra Horchy, Office of Global Education Spring 2019 Intern

International Community Impact Award
Sponsored by the  Office of International Student Affairs , the  International Community Impact Award  recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State University community through activities and relationships. This award recognizes an international student leader who graduates in May 2019.

Nomination process:
  • The deadline to submit a nomination is April 5
  • Students, faculty, and staff can submit a nomination. You can also submit your own nomination
  • Nominations must be typed and no more than one page saved in a Microsoft Word or PDF document.
  • The nomination should include specific examples of how the nominee achieved one or more of the areas listed here.

The winner will be announced at the International Student Graduation Reception on Thursday, May 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Student Center Ballroom.

Upcoming Events
Rock the Runway 2019: Woodstock
March 2, 2019 | 8:00-10:00 pm
KSC Ballroom
Kent State students of all different majors will showcase their talents in a Woodstock themed fashion show. Follow  @CSIKent  on Twitter for more information! Free tickets will be available February 25-27 from 8:00 to 5:00 pm in the Center for Student Involvement office (227 Kent Student Center).
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Game
March 3, 2019 | 4:00 pm (6:00 pm game)
Quicken Loans Arena
Cheer for the home team as the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena. The cost of this event is $55-$71 and includes your game ticket (section 100) and transportation via motor coach to and from the game.
Registration deadline: 3/01
Fire in the Heartland
March 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:00 am
141, Taylor Hall
Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America is a documentary film about a generation of young people, who stood up to speak their minds against social injustice in some of our nation's most turbulent and transformative years, the 1960s through the 1970s. On May 4, 1970, thirteen of these young Americans were shot down by the National Guard in a shocking act of violence against unarmed students. Check out this documentary and receive 300 FLASHperks.
Active Minds
March 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Big Idea Room, 335 Lowry Hall
In an effort to improve student mental wellness, the College of Public Health, Division of Mental Health and Substance Use is introducing an Active Minds chapter  to Kent Campus! The chapter is a collaboration of different student groups and student volunteers all with the same purpose-- to improve and support student mental wellness at Kent State. Become a founding member and help shape the future of the Active Minds organization at Kent State University!

For more information, please email Tam Nguyen
Sign & Dine
March 14, 2019 | 1:30-4:30 pm
106, VCH (OGE)
If you are leaving the country for spring break, stop in for  our Sign & Dine event to get your travel signature, eat some snacks, and take some goofy pictures in preparation for your fun trip ahead!  Once your I-20 or DS-2019 is signed, you are free to travel the world. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget! If your visa is expired or will expire during your travels, you will need to renew it before reentering the United States.
Pansori (판소리) is a unique tradition of story-singing originating in South Korea, in which a solo vocalist, accompanied by a single barrel drum called buk, performs all the roles, as well as the narration. In 2003, UNESCO recognized pansori as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

For her concert, Dr. Chan E. Park will treat audience members to a bilingual performance (in Korean and English) of "Sugungga" (수궁가 / 水宮歌, Song of the Underwater Palace), an ancient fable in which a turtle uses trickery to lure a wily hare to the undersea palace of the Dragon King.

There is a $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

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