Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Fall Semester Begins Early this Year 
 
Please be aware that Fall Semester begins on Thursday, August 23, which is a few days earlier than in previous years. The late-August start date is necessary to accommodate Kent State's new Fall Break, which occurs on October 11 and 12. The new Fall Break will provide students with a few days to catch their breath and enjoy some rest and relaxation away from their books and classes. It's just another reason to look forward to this Fall Semester!
 
Back to Class_ Fall Semester 2018  
Please mark your calendar with the following important dates for Fall Semester 2018:
August 15  |  New International Student Orientation 
August 16  |  International Student Resource Fair   
August 16 and 17 |  Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)
August 17  |  New Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation 
August 18 |  Final arrival date for returning ESL students, Fall Module 1*   
August 19 |  International Welcome Picnic 
August 20 |  Residence Halls re-open for returning students 
August 20 |  KSU Kick-Off (formerly Welcome Week)  
August 20 to 22  |  Kent State Kick-Off 
August 23 |  Fall classes begin
September 3  |  Labor Day (American National Holiday -- no classes and offices closed) 
October 11 and 12  |  Fall Break (No Classes)

 View the online Kent State Academic Calendar.  
 
* New ESL students must arrive on campus no later than August 14 and attend New International Student Orientation on August 15.
Fall Early Arrival Housing

Incoming and returning students living on campus for the fall are able to register for early arrival at a cost of $35/night. Dates for early arrival are  August 13-18 . Please check the Kent State Housing website on or after  August 1  for information on registering.
Showcase your country at a Cultural Café This Fall! 
 
Cultural Cafe 
The Office of Global Education is currently scheduling cultural cafes for the 2018- 2019 academic year (fall and spring). Would you like to showcase your country?
 
What is a Cultural Café?
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, Fall Semester 2018
Wednesday, September 18
Wednesday, October 23
Wednesday, November 13 
 
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!
ISSS Advising Hours for Summer 2018 
 
Walk-In Advising 
Monday  
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Tuesday
No Advising
Wednesday
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45 
Thursday
No Advising 
Friday  
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
 
Call-In Advising 
Monday  
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Tuesday
9:00 to 11:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 to 11:30 am 
Thursday
No Advising 
Friday  
9:00 to 11:30 am  
   
Special Student Services Summer Schedule
International Librarian, Peggy Nzomo, is in Residence at the Office of Global Education on Mondays, July 9 and July 23, 9:30 to 11:30 am

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
June 27, 2018  |  Number 3, Summer Edition    
America_s Independence Day_ July Fourth
Celebrating America's Independence Day
 
The fourth of July, formally known as Independence Day, commemorates the United States of America becoming a new nation separate from the British Empire. The federal holiday is celebrated every year on July 4-- the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from the British Empire, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The national holiday is typically celebrated with fireworks, parades, and festivals. 

More information on the history and significance of Independence Day can be found here.
Kent State Students enjoy the thrills and spills at Cedar Point
International Students Find Adventures and Thrills at the World's Top Rated Amusement Park

We began bright and early. You have to begin bright and early to conquer all there is to see and do at Cedar Point. Our bus pulled out from campus at  8:30 a.m. Most of the 21-thrill-seekers used the travel time to Cedar Point to grab a bit more rest on the way. Some of us had signed up to attend the trip with a friend. Others were looking forward to meeting other new international students throughout the day. Our motor coach driver, Calvin, shared insider's tips about the park - he had worked as a ride operator at Cedar Point prior to becoming a bus driver! Although the weather forecast called for rain, we were optimistic.
 
As it turns out, it was a perfect day to visit Cedar Point! Periodic rain showers kept the crowds small and lines short. With average line wait times under 15 minutes, it was almost as if the park was ours! Most students got to ride every roller coaster, challenge one another in the arcade, and even watch the sunset from Cedar Shores beach. So what were our favorite rides? Well, that's tough... but a few of the great ones were Steel Vengence (the fi rst and only 205-foot-tall hyper-hybrid roller coaster on Earth); the Gate Keeper; Rougarou (a floorless coaster); and V alravn (the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world). One student said, "I've been to Cedar Point many times before, but this one was the best!"
 
"Want some thrill and fun in your boring life? Cedar Point is the place!" -- Abhishek Bagale
Upcoming Events
June 14 to July 15  |  FIFA World Cup
4th Floor Library |  Multiple Viewings    
Watch World Cup Soccer at the Library_ 4th Floor_ June 14 to June15
The FIFA World Cup plays in Russia from June 14 to July 15. Relax and watch free live streams of each game on the 4th floor of the library!
July 13  |  Kent Blues Fest  
Downtown Kent |  4:00 to 1:00 am    
Kent Blues Festival_ July 13 This is the 10th annual Kent Blues Fest with 30 bands performing at over 20 different venues! Head downtown for food, drinks, and free live music all night!
July 28  |  Wizardly World of Kent  
Downtown Kent |  10:00 am to 8:00 pm  
Wizardly World of Kent_ July 28 If you like your fun mixed with a little magic and fantasy, you won't want to miss the Wizardly World of Kent. Event features a costume contest, lots of magical entertainment and a 5K Fun Run (or walk). It's a great way to conjour up a good time. 
August 16  |  International Student Campus Resource Fair   
Kent Student Center, 2nd Floor Mezzinine |  12:30 to 1:30 pm    
Kent State International Student Campus Resource Fair_ August 16 This annual event allows international students to conveniently meet with numerous on- and off-campus agencies, offices and departments which provide helpful resources and support for all Kent State students. Learn about available student services, meet key Kent State staff personnel and get all of your questions answered in one place. Mandatory for ALL newly-arrived international students. 
August 19  |  International Student Welcome Picnic  
Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center |  3:00 to 6:00 pm    
International Student Picnic_ August 19 "Welcome" to our new students and "Welcome Back" to our returning students. Enjoy all the recreational activities which the Kent State Rec Center has to offer! Food and drinks will be provided as well as the opportunity for swimming, basketball, volleyball, and more. Celebrate the  start of the new academic year with your fellow students!
Plan Ahead
  
July 4  |  Independence Day (U.S. National Holiday -- no classes and university offices closed)
August 23  |  Fall classes begin
August 24  |  Late Night at the Library  
September 3  |  Labor Day (U.S. National Holiday - No classes and university offices closed)   

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