Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
We Want to Highlight YOU
Want to be featured in a newsletter? 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.
ISSS Updates

Washington, D.C. Spring Break Trip:  This is the Last Call!
There's only a few days left to register for our trip to Washington, D.C.! The bus will leave Van Campen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 28 and return around 2:00 am on Sunday, March 31. 

We will explore the sights and sounds of the U.S. Capital city including museums, monuments, and more. Your registration includes transportation via motor coach, hotel, breakfast while in DC, and a guided bus tour of the National Monuments. Feel free to explore with us or on your own. We are all about having fun on this trip! 

***REFER A FRIEND, GET $50!***
This trip is now open to domestic and international students and scholars!
Tell your friends to spend spring break exploring Washington, D.C., and you each get $50 towards the trip!

Questions? Please contact our trip coordinator at
International Education Week: November 18-22,2019
Save the date for International Education Week - November 18-22 2019! IEW is an opportunity to celebrate and bring awareness to our community about international education. Over the next few months, campus offices, academic departments, and student organizations will begin planning events. If you would like more information about International Education Week, please click  here . If you'd like to be a part of the planning committee for events at Kent State, contact  Angelia Zielke .
Every school qualifies STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 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 that 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 ListBe sure your code is listed. If you have any questions, stop in to Walk-In Advising on Wednesdays!
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.
Global Education Library Consultations
Peggy Nzomo, the resident Global Education Librarian is available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in room 510 of the library for consultations on research, citations, and literature reviews. Please reach out to her via email at if you have any questions.
ISSS Advising Hours
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
March 20, 2019 |  Week 10
Education Abroad Student Profile:
Cassidy Lombardy
Cassidy Lombardy is a senior entrepreneurship major with minors in international business and marketing who studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland her junior year. In high school, Cassidy went to Paris, France and knew traveling was something she would want to do again. After picking up different study abroad pamphlets, the Geneva program caught her eye. She loved that it was business oriented and would give her the opportunity for an internship.
Through this program, Cassidy attended class and worked with people from all around the world. "It made me go out of my comfort zone and meet new people," she noted. Her internship gave her the opportunity to help market management and leadership courses offered through non-profit organizations.
Since travel is very cheap in Europe, she could easily travel around Switzerland and surrounding countries. One of her favorite parts of her trip was traveling to Germany and attending Oktoberfest. A big challenge for Cassidy was the language barrier when going to other countries. She also learned that in some countries it can be rude to ask and pet their dogs, since in some countries it is not custom to stop and talk in the streets. She discovered that some countries are not as consumer based as America is. Many stores closed early and would not be open on Sunday's.
Not only did studying abroad help Cassidy become more culturally aware, she also learned a lot about herself. She says, "it gave me a sense of appreciating what's around me and where I'm at in the moment." It also helped her to become much more patient, especially when working with people from other countries, because she knows what it is like to be in their shoes. Cassidy says that when traveling it is "important to go with the flow," and to do research before going to other countries.
At her time at Kent State, Cassidy has taken up many different leadership positions. She was a flashguide for two summers, a student success leader for two years, and taught the peer leader training course. As of right now, Cassidy works full time at a financial planning company where she was already offered a job after she graduates. She hopes to stay there for a few years and possibly relocate in the future.

Article written by  Alexandra Horchy, Office of Global Education Spring 2019 Intern
Upcoming Events
Spring Break
Enjoy your spring break! The last day of classes before breakstarts is Friday, March 22. Classes will resume of Monday, April 1 (Not an April Fools joke!). All offices will remain open during spring break. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns!
Kent State Day @CIFF
Join us for Kent State Day @CIFF, and the Office of Global Education a proud sponsor of the film, Midnight Traveler at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). Please join us to support Kent State, OGE, the filmmakers, and CIFF's 43rd year of CIFF promoting artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition. #CIFF43

  • Sunday, March 31-- 11:15 am, introduced by Moema Furtado
  • Monday, April 1-- 7:05 pm, introduced by Amber Cruxton
  • Tuesday, April-- 11:35 am, introduced by Salma Benhaida
Employment Seminar for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Join CAED and OGE for a chance to learn about employment opportunities for F-1 and J-1 students! Topics of discussion will include:
  • Different types of on- and off-campus employment option for international students (On-campus, CPT, OPT, STEM Extension)
  • Staying in status on your F or J visa and employment reporting requirements
  • Applying for jobs
Have all your questions answered from 5:30-6:15 pm in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design!
OPT Workshop
F-1 students studying at colleges, universities, conservatories, or seminaries may qualify for practical training, which allows them to engage in temporary employment to gain practical experience in their field of study. If you plan to apply, be sure to attend this final OPT Workshop of the semester.

Glass Molding Workshop
Learn how handmade glass pieces are made in this hands on experience. Mold your own solid glass piece (either a heart, flower, bird, sun catcher) and take it home with you! There will also be time to explore local shops and eateries. The cost of this event is $40/$62 and includes studio space, glass piece, and transportation to and from Larchmere Fire Works. This event is open to all enrolled international students & scholars; domestic students may join the group as guest of a Kent State international student or scholar.

Registration coming soon!

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