Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
On-Campus Employment
Many of you have found on-campus employment and we are excited you have! We wanted to pass on a few reminders to help you maintain your status.
  1. You are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week while class is in session.
  2. During the breaks (summer, fall, winter, and spring), KSU policy allows you to work up to 28 hours.
  3. These hours are not per job, but total. If you have multiple jobs, the combined totals are not allowed to surpass 20 or 28 hours, depending on the time of year.
  4. Lastly, for students on a J-1 visa, you need to discuss any and all on-campus employment with ISSS before starting so that we can update your DS-2019.
Don't work too hard, but have a bit of fun and stay in status!
International Graduation Reception
OPT for May Grads
If you are graduating this semester, it is time to decide whether you want to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or something else. There are four different options available to you once you complete your program. You have until  July 18, 2019 to decide whether you would like to:
  • Apply for OPT;
  • Apply to a new program at KSU;
  • Transfer your SEVIS to a new institution and start a new academic program; or
  • Return home.
Many of our students choose to apply for OPT, which allows you to work for one year following your graduation, but the application process can be confusing. In order to prepare you for OPT, if that is what you choose, we have a number of dates and times available for our OPT Workshops.


STEM Majors & What They Mean as an F-1 Student
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors are a big deal, but every school qualifies majors differently. STEM majors qualify for what is called OPT STEM Extension, a 24-month extension of work authorization following the 1-year of Post-Completion OPT. For students who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, you can verify whether your CIP Code (listed on your I-20 under  Major 1   as a 6-digit number XX.XXXX) is STEM by going to the  STEM Designated Degree Program List   and comparing finding if your code is listed. Still have questions? Stop in to Walk-In Advising on Wednesdays!

The View From Here Opening Reception
January 25, 2019 | 5:00-7:00 pm
School of Art, KSC
Featuring work created since 2010, this exhibition offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists-individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal.

The opening reception will be on Friday, January 25, and the exhibit will be on view until February 22 at the CVA Gallery.

Free and open to the public
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 23, 2019 |  Week 2
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 ahorchy@kent.edu by putting "International Student Profile" in the subject line. Feel free to check out previous student profiles here.
International Student Profile:
Meet Tahira
Tahira is an international student from Sialkot, Pakistan. She is here with the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program with Pakistan which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to allow her to study at a university in the U.S. for one semester. She comes from a small town in Pakistan where women don't have opportunities like this one very often. In a family of four, Tahira is the oldest daughter of two. Her parents do not have any sons, which can be seen as negative in her community. Tahira wants to change that and show that she can be a provider for her family, even as a woman.

When she was planning on attending college, Tahira wanted to become a doctor. She wanted to be able to provide for her family and was passionate about medicine and helping others. She took an entrance exam, but when she received the results from the exam, she was devastated: she had missed the cut off by only a few points. Angry that the exam that would have given her many opportunities didn't work out, she gave up on her dreams to become a doctor. Her parents were sad, but they knew that the option to marry after high school was always a good option as well. When Tahira was told she would have to marry if she didn't attend college she did not know what to do. "I was mad because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be somebody, not just someone's wife," she says, "So I decided that I wouldn't give up. If I couldn't be a doctor, I will be something else. I will get up and keep trying because I learned that if I were to give up, I wouldn't be anybody. I had to be better and provide for my family."


Edit: Please note that Tahira was here for the Fall 2018 semester and has completed her exchange program.
Upcoming Events
K-Pop Random Dance Challenge
January 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Governance Chambers, KSC
Join OISA and ISC for a night of K-Pop music and dancing! Learn about K-Pop and South Korea. There will be free food, Kahoot games, and amazing prizes!

Please email isckentstate@gmail.com with any questions.
Chinese Student Association Spring Festival Celebration
February 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
2nd Floor Ballroom, KSC
The 2019 Spring Festival Celebration is right around the corner! As the biggest event of the year, Chinese Student Association invite you to join us for the warmest holiday in the coldest season! Everyone is welcome to attend and have fun with us, there will be performance and games, with food, beverages, prizes and giveaways provided. Do not miss this chance to enjoy the authentic Asian culture and delicious food while hanging out with friends!

Please fill out the RSVP form if you are attending. Feel free to contact ca.kent@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

RSVP here! Free admission
Cultural Cafe: Host Countries TBA
February 5, 2019 | 4:00-5:30 pm
KSC Ballroom Balcony
Each semester, OGE hosts three Cultural Cafes to highlight countries around the world! Students from two different countries will give information about their homes 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!
Monsters Hockey Game
February 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Quicken Loans Arena
Join us in cheering on the Cleveland Monsters while they go head-to-head against the Milwaukee Admirals. The puck drops at 7:00 pm at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

Registration information TBA
Washington D.C. Spring Break Trip
March 28-31, 2019
Join us for a trip over Spring Break to our country's capital! Trip information and registration TBD. Keep updated with our Facebook for trip updates.

Additional questions or concerns? Contact  Angelia Zielke, Event Coordinator for International Student & Scholar Services.

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