Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
Insurance Waiver
All international students, who are attending classes at any campus and taking at least one credit hour, are required to have health insurance that is comparable to the coverage provided with the Kent State sponsored student health insurance plan.The student is billed for the full cost of single coverage under the university's student health insurance plan each semester.

Waiver requests will be granted if the student provides proof that they have an active health insurance policy that meets the university's coverage requirements.

Any international student may request a waiver of this fee if:
(a)  The student provides proof of full sponsorship by a government agency including health insurance, or
(b)  The student provides proof of health insurance provided by a United States employer

To complete the enrollment process or complete a waiver application please click here.

The open enrollment and waiver deadline is January 31, 2019.

International Graduate Assistants may enroll for coverage by clicking here.
Registration and Reduced Course Loads (RCL)
In order to maintain your F-1 status, you need to be registered for a full-time course registration. Each level and the number of credits required are below.
  • English as a Second Language : 17 credit hours of in-person courses
  • Undergraduate/Bachelor Level : 12 credit hours and at least 9 of those are in-person or traditional courses, not online
  • Graduate/Master/Doctoral Level : 8 credit hours and only one course can be online
There are some cases where a student does not require a full-time course load. Our Reduced Course Load (RCL) webpage explains the different scenarios where students may qualify. Some common ones include final semester before graduation, thesis/dissertation coursework, or medical issues. Review our guide to learn more, but make sure to apply for an RCL BEFORE falling below full-time registration because it can affect your immigration status negatively . If you have questions about your registration or RCLs, please speak with an ISSS Advisor this week via email or Walk-In Advising.
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. If that were to happen, 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.
ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

New advising schedule begins 2/4/2019

Walk-In Advising 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45

Call-In Advising 
Monday  
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
Wednesday
No call-in advising 
Thursday
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Friday  
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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 
106 Van Campen Hall
International Student News
January 16, 2019 |  Week 1
Welcome, Spring 2019 Semester!

Hello, and welcome to the International Student Newsletter!  Whether you are a new student on campus or returning to Kent State, this newsletter will provide updates concerning events around campus, immigration, student profiles, and other internationally-related news.

The newsletter will be circulated every Wednesday and will be sent to your Kent State email. If you are graduated or unaffiliated, you may opt out of the newsletter. However, if you are still a student at Kent State, it is important for you to receive these updates.

Last semester we introduced student profiles that served as a way to highlight international students. Throughout last semester, we learned about so many achievements you all have made during your time here. If you are 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 ahorchy@kent.edu. Feel free to check out previous student profiles here.

We also have a Facebook and Twitter account for daily updates. They can be found at the bottom of this newsletter,  or you can follow our Facebook here and our Twitter here.

We hope you are having a great first week of classes, and a fresh start to the new academic year!  As always, you are more than welcome to come visit us in the Office of Global Education, located in Van Campen Hall, if you have any questions or concerns. Advising information can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.
Upcoming Events
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist during the civil rights movement in the 1950's. MLK day is a federal holiday commemorating his birthday every year. There will be no classes held on on Monday, January 21, and university offices will be closed. Classes and offices will resume and reopen on Tuesday, January 22.

In the spirit of bettering the community, there are numerous volunteer opportunities taking place on MLK day. These opportunities are open to the Kent community, and most are held around campus. Search below for a service that fits your interests!


Tailgating with Kent State Basketball
January 22, 2019 |  Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC)-- Located next to Kent Student Center
Help us cheer on our Kent State Men's Basketball team against the Toledo Rockets! There will be plenty of food and fun to go around, so you are more than welcome to bring friends and family. Please RSVP all who are attending. Once RSVP'd, you are able to pick up tickets before the game or in OGE between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The fun starts at 6:00 pm on January 22 in the LOGE (MACC)! See you there!


Showcase Your Home Country at a Cultural Cafe!
Various Dates | Kent State Ballroom Balcony
We're still scheduling Cultural Cafes for this semester! Would you like to showcase your country?

During Cultural Cafes, international students and scholars represent their home country by giving a short presentation about something that makes their country unique. Presentations are diverse and can include history, highlights, and information about interesting people, places, or things. They can include music, dance, games, discussion, and more - it's up to you! 

Did we mention that there is food? Our Cultural Café coordinator will work with you and with Dining Services to prepare two traditional foods from your culture (an entrée and a dessert).

Cultural Cafe Schedule:
Tuesday, February 5: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 19: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 9: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Are you interested in presenting or learning more? Contact  Angelia Zielke, Event Coordinator for International Student & Scholar Services.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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