Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates

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!

Conversation Partners
The Conversation Partner Program at Kent State University is a volunteer program that pairs international students with students from the United States. Once an international student and domestic students are paired, they meet weekly for one hour to have an informational conversation in English. The program not only helps international students develop English skills, it helps build cultural awareness as well as rewarding friendships between students. 

International Student Activity Fee (ISAF) Fund Request
Searching for funding to plan the next great campus event? All International Student organizations are eligible to apply for funding through the International Student Event Fund Request. Grants up to $1,000 are available for events that: Promote international understanding or enhance knowledge of an international culture; facilitate interaction between two or more cultures; or enhance participation in university-wide events, such as International Education Week.

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.
2019 Summer Fashion Academy
Do you know anyone who is 16-18, has a passion for fashion, and wants to spend a week at   one of the top-ranked Fashion Schools in the U.S.   this summer? Please let them know about this program! The summer fashion academy allows students to explore the design and business aspects of the fashion world through hands-on creative activities, while gaining a preview of the college experience that will prepare for the expectations, rigors and opportunities of college life. Basic conversational English ability is required; an online interview will be administered to international applicants prior to final acceptance into the program.
Cost: $1,500  ($150 deposit due with registration). Included: six nights in a Kent State residence hall, all meals, supplies and materials. Not included: flights, visa fees (B2 tourist visa), medical insurance.
Online registration opens  Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12:00 Noon U.S. Eastern Time. Space is limited and usually fill completely within one hour or less, so interested students should register as soon as the site becomes available.

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 
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 
9:00 am to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
No call-in advising 
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
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
January 30, 2019 |  Week 3
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.
Students at Kent State basketball game
Kent State Wins in Overtime!
International students from Kent State spent their Tuesday evening tailgating before the Kent State Golden Flashes basketball game against the Toledo Rockets.
The Office of Global Education (OGE); the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS); and Student Athletic Services coordinated the event as a way for international and domestic students to enjoy an evening experience together at the MAC center.
"Tailgating is such an American cultural tradition," Eron Memaj, Director of International Student Affairs, said. In his experience, there is nothing quite like tailgating found anywhere else in the world. Memaj went on to say how this event gives international students the chance to have a uniquely American experience, while also giving them the chance to meet others within the international and national student body at Kent State.
Events like this one also highlight how close knit the international student body is on Kent's campus. Marselle Piccin, a Fashion Design student from Brazil, noted how she often recognizes familiar faces from other international student events she has been to. She attends because of her work with ISSS.
"These events help me to know more people," Hussein Sallam, an English as a Second Language student, said, "They really helped me with learning English."
While it is a learning experience for Hussein, he also noted how the university community is very "respective" and "generous." Hussein said he has a friend who can't speak English living on campus, and his friend mentioned how he receives much help from the Kent community in navigating the area.
Many Kent State international student programs were advertised at the event including Conversation Partners, International Student Friendship program, and the Global Village.
Attendees were treated to a catered meal and lounge seats on the third floor of the MAC center. The Kent State mascot Flash graced the lounge with his presence as a way to get everyone excited for the game to come. The Flashes beat the Rockets after a tough game, 87-85.

Article written by Nick Garisto, Spring 2019 OGE Intern

Wind Chill Warning
Forecasted temperatures and wind chills are expected to dip to dangerously low levels, creating unsafe weather conditions. Extreme Cold Weather Safety Tips 

Spring 2019 Graduates
Earlier this semester, the Spring 2019 Commencement announcement was sent to all current term graduates. The announcement details the ceremony schedule, RSVP, ticket download start date, as well as Grad Fair and website information.
Graduating international students who RSVP to attend One University Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019 will be invited to register to represent your home countries during the ceremony processional by carrying your country's flag. Look out for the email invite that will be sent to those who RSVP'd. It will be sent after Spring Break.
Upcoming Events
UNITE Game Night
January 31, 2019 | 4:00-6:00 pm
Entrance on 3rd Floor, KSC
The Women's Center, Student Multicultural Center, SRVSS, and LGBTQ center are joining together to host a game night this Thursday! Check out the fun with free food, FlashPerks, Nitendo Switch, Jenga, and Inflatable Twister. The fun starts at 4 pm in Kent Student Center.
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, the Chinese Student Association invites 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!

This is a pre-register event. Please fill out the RSVP form if you are attending. Feel free to contact if you have any questions or concerns.

RSVP here! Free admission
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 coming soon!
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. Registration coming soon!
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. Registration coming soon!

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