Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
PNC Fraud Scams Alert
No students from Kent State have been impacted, but please be advised that scams involving international university students have been identified nationwide. The scam involves fraudulent phone calls from perpetrators pretending to be representatives from U.S. government agencies or that of the student's home country. Students have been told they are the subject of a money laundering investigation in their home country or are the victim of identity theft, and they will be sent home if payment is not made.
Perpetrators typically:
  • Identify themselves as a government representative and may direct students to a legitimate webpage that shows a deportation policy.
  • Threaten students to comply with their instructions or face immediate deportation.
  • Tell students to leave their home for some secluded place and not talk to any school authorities.
  • Solicit money from students, often asking them to pay using gift cards or to electronically transfer funds.
  • Provide students with alternate purposes for the activity when questioned by financial institutions or other entities.
Please be advised that no government agency will ever demand money or conduct business in this fashion. Never comply with such requests, and never provide personal information, such as social security number, bank account number or credit card number to anyone you don't know, and if you receive a call, hang up immediately.
Psychological Services
Psychological Services University Health Services offers a number of free workshops to students who are enrolled at Kent State University. Everyone is welcome, and no registration or appointments are needed.
  • The Art of Coping: Building Emotional Resilience
    • Discuss overcoming challenges, compassionate self-talk, and setting realistic expectations
    • Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
    • Conference Room C, 2nd floor
  • Conquering Anxiety: Manage Stress of Everyday Life
    • Discuss coping skills/tools, stress management, and mindfulness
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Conference Room C, 2nd floor
  • Empowering Students in Recovery
    • Discuss safe and confidential substance use recovery and support
    • Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
    • Conference Room A, lower level
All workshops are located in the DeWeese Health Center.  For more information, please call 330-672-2487.
Spring Break Sign & Dine
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!

We will be in the Office of Global Education (VCH 106) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.   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.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Any time an F-1 student wants to work or volunteer off campus in a capacity related to his or her academic major, it is important to always get authorization before starting any employment. When a student is currently studying, the way to do that is by applying for   Curricular Practical Training (CPT) . A student is eligible for CPT if:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The CPT experience is either:
  • Satisfying a program requirement placed on all students, or
  • 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).
Regardless of whether or not the work is voluntary or paid, the student must be approved for CPT before they can begin working.

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 6, 2019 |  Week 4

Now Accepting Sign-Ups for Student Profiles
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.
Kent State University Alumnus Named Super Bowl MVP
Julian Edelman capped off Super Bowl LIII with a victory for the New England Patriots and claimed the highest honor awarded to a player during the championship game of the National Football League (NFL).

The former Kent State University quarterback and proud alumnus was named the Most Valuable Player of this year's Super Bowl, becoming the first Mid-American Conference student-athlete to receive this title. He is the seventh wide receiver to receive the Super Bowl MVP award.

In addition to his professional football career, Mr. Edelman still maintains his ties with the Kent State.  "I learned so much from my time at Kent," Mr. Edelman told Kent State in November 2017. "The experiences I had there definitely helped shape me into the player and person I am today. I will always be grateful for the opportunity Coach Martin gave me and for the friends I met there."

He co-hosted an athletics department auction in 2014, was the Grand Marshal of the Kent State Homecoming Parade in 2015 and was inducted into the Kent State Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame. He also still keeps in close contact with his former teammates and coaches.

"He's never lost sight of where he came from," former Kent State coach Doug Martin told KentWired in October 2015. "He's very appreciative of Kent State for giving him an opportunity. A lot of times, guys lose sight of that. I think that says a lot about who he is."

Article written by Emily Vincent & Olivia Boris
Free Application Week: February 10-17
Thinking about continuing your education at Kent State? Be sure to apply starting Sunday, February 10. No application fee will be charged during the entire week, and n o special waiver code is required (The application system will bypass the fee payment screen entirely).

The free application offer is valid for both domestic and international applications for any application type (e.g., masters, doctoral, certificate, non-degree, guest, transient, etc.). If you would like more information about the application process, please make an appointment with one of our advisors. The free application window will close on February 17.

Upcoming Events
Cultural Cafe: Ghana & Oman
February 12, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
310 A/B, KSC
Each semester, OGE hosts three Cultural Cafes to highlight countries around the world! Students from Ghana and Oman will give information about their home countries in a PowerPoint style presentation. They will also provide a traditional entree and dessert for you all to try. We hope you can attend!

This event is free & open to all!
Coming together: Dating and marriage
(China & Nigeria)
February 14, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
White Hall
Come and explore the ways that social media, culture, generation, geography within a nation, and religion all influence dating and marriage practices around the world. Bring a date! Enjoy the chocolate banquet. FlashPerks are available to undergraduate students, as are sign-in verifications for students attending for class.

This event is free & open to all!
Monsters Hockey Game
February 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm (7:00 pm game)
Quicken Loans Arena
Join your fellow international students on a trip to Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH) to cheer for the Cleveland Monsters as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals. Tickets are $20 -$30 and include your ticket and transportation via motor coach to and from the game.
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.
Washington D.C. Spring Break Trip
March 28-31, 2019
The wait is over. Join your fellow international students and members of the OGE staff on a spring break trip to Washington, DC. Leaving Wednesday, March 28 and returning early in the morning March 31, we will explore the sights and sounds of the U.S. Capital city including museums, monuments, and more. Cost for this trip ranges between $360 and $560 (depending upon hotel accommodations) and includes transportation via motor coach, hotel, breakfast while in DC, and a guided bus tour of the National Monuments. Participants can choose a group itinerary, or create their own. There are many things to do and discover in the nation's capital, regardless of whether the US government is operating or in shutdown! This trip is open to currently enrolled KSU international students and scholars.

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