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!  Now Open to All!
There's still time to join your fellow international students and members of the OGE staff on a 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 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! 

This trip is now open to domestic and international students and scholars! Tell your friends and spend your spring break exploring Washington, D.C.!

Questions? Please contact our trip coordinator at
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.

OPT Workshop Dates & Times

Food Resources on Campus
Empty fridges, bank accounts running low and bills waiting to be paid - it's a reality for at least 36 percent of students attending four-year colleges in the nation, according to a study from the Hope Center  , a nonprofit research center.
It's why some Kent State students, like Emily France, believe it's their mission to fight back against food insecurity on college campuses.  

"The joy you receive when you help a random stranger obtain a meal is indescribable," wrote France, a junior psychology major, in an email.

Despite a full course load and other extracurriculars within her major, France volunteers at Kent State's Campus Kitchen, a student-run kitchen that donates meals to the community.

"Volunteering  at Campus Kitchen has been the best decision of my undergraduate career due to being able to help my community," she said.

Article written by David Williams

If you or someone you know is having trouble with food insecurity, please reach out to us or one of the resources below. There are also volunteer opportunities available for you to help others on in the Kent community.

Graduation Invitation Letters
If you are graduating this May, congratulations! Many international students want their family and/or friends to visit for graduation. Often times, these individuals will need a visa to enter the United States. In order to prepare them for a visa interview, you can provide them support by writing them an invitation letter. We offer a guide, along with an example letter, on our  Invitation Letter Guideline page   to help you. You will also want to send them a copy of your transcripts to demonstrate you are a current student enrolled in courses at Kent State University. Transcripts can be ordered online through the  Registrar's Office . Once again, congratulations on your graduation; we look forward to seeing your friends here on campus!

Helping to Detect Scams
Every individual with a cell phone or email address has most likely received some sort of scam communication. It is important to know the difference between scam and regular communication, because giving individuals information in the course of a scam can leave you vulnerable, sometimes financially speaking. Our Information Services department offers help on  security awareness . Make sure to read through the information carefully. They provide contact information at the bottom of the page in case you have questions or concerns.

For phone calls and emails alike, remember to never give information such as your phone number, address, birth date, social security number, visa information, etc. In the case that someone is calling from a company you work with or a school you have attended, then they should have your information in front of them to verify. Stay safe and be smart out there!
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 6, 2019 |  Week 8
International Student Profile:
Ahood Al Mamaari
Ahood Al Mamaari is a senior nutrition student. She is from Oman, a country in the Middle East situated on the southern end of the Arabic peninsula. Ahood came to the United States in late 2014 after receiving a scholarship from her home country's embassy. She was given a list of schools to choose from, and began researching fervently to make sure she made the right choice.
"I research and Google everything," Ahood said, "They (Oman Embassy) gave me five universities to choose from and I chose Kent State."
Kent State caught Ahood's eyes because of its reputation for diversity, and inclusiveness. The moment Ahood reached the campus, the international student program welcomed her with open arms.
"They always say 'welcome home,'" Ahood said, and so Kent State became her second home as she initially began studying English as a second language. Ahood began to walk a similar path that many international students took before her. Ahood said she really likes the quiet, serene setting of the campus. It makes for a good place for studying she says.
After a year as an ESL student, Ahood officially declared her major in Nutrition. While beginning her major, Ahood was required by her Introduction to Nutrition professor to volunteer at a minimum of six hours during the semester. This initial nudge into volunteering sparked a fierce love in Ahood that continues to this day.
"I found volunteering a good thing. It broke my studying routine. It was a requirement for the class, but now I do it for myself," Ahood said.
As any student does during finals week, Ahood sought after a stress relief. Mere moments after completing a final, Ahood rushed out to volunteer at one of her usual organizations including Campus Kitchen, and also nursing homes from around the area.
Ahood uses the information gained from her studying of nutrition, and her love of volunteering to coalesce the two together to affect communities she volunteers for. For example, Ahood uses her knowledge of natural cooking spices to teach elderly people at the nursing homes how to use them to promote a healthier diet. She also does a program at Campus Kitchen where she and others create "Mighty Bags" or nutritious food packages for children of low-income families who have trouble with food security. She says what sticks out to her the most is the gratitude and thankfulness of the people she helps. It warms her heart.
After Ahood graduates in the fall of 2019, she plans on returning home to Oman, and build her own community center to help those in need in her own community. After establishing the center for community efforts, she says she wants to return back to Kent State to pursue her master's degree in nutrition.
"I recommend everyone at Kent State to volunteer. There is a lot of good opportunity around us," Ahood said, "You need to give yourself the chance to do it." 

Article written by  Nick Garisto, Office of Global Education Spring 2019 Intern
KSU Student Media Survey-- Win $25!
As a consistently evolving organization Kent State Student Media wants to know how you access campus news. They are conducting research to determine how members of this campus interact with their material. Taking this short survey would allow them to better understand how to serve you and deliver quality content.
This quick survey will take you less than five minutes to complete. Your participation in the survey is strictly confidential, and you will be asked questions about how you consume and recognize Kent State Student Media material.
As a thank you for your participation, at the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to participate in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. One participant will be randomly selected!

Or copy and paste this text into your browser:
Upcoming Events
March 7-8, 2019 | Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm, Friday 10:00-2:00 pm
1st Floor, White Hall
Women have come a long way, yet there's still more to be achieved. The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceForBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

Come take a picture with the Read Center on Thursday and Friday to win some prizes. Share your balance for better photo using the hashtags for a chance to be featured on social media.

Fire in the Heartland
March 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:00 am
141, Taylor Hall
Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America is a documentary film about a generation of young people, who stood up to speak their minds against social injustice in some of our nation's most turbulent and transformative years, the 1960s through the 1970s. On May 4, 1970, thirteen of these young Americans were shot down by the National Guard in a shocking act of violence against unarmed students. Check out this documentary and receive 300 FLASHperks.
Active Minds
March 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Big Idea Room, 335 Lowry Hall
In an effort to improve student mental wellness, the College of Public Health, Division of Mental Health and Substance Use is introducing an Active Minds chapter  to Kent Campus! The chapter is a collaboration of different student groups and student volunteers all with the same purpose-- to improve and support student mental wellness at Kent State. Become a founding member and help shape the future of the Active Minds organization at Kent State University!

For more information, please email Tam Nguyen
Sign & Dine
March 14, 2019 | 1:30-4:30 pm
106, VCH (OGE)
If you are leaving the country for spring break, stop in for our Sign & Dine event to get your travel signature. Celebrate "Pi Day" (π = 3.14) by eating some delicious snacks; de-stress with a fun coloring project, and plan ahead for your upcoming trip! Once your I-20 or DS-2019 is signed, you are free to travel the world. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget! If your visa is expired or will expire during your travels, you will need to renew it before reentering the United States.
International Fashion & Talent Show
March 15, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Ballroom, Kent Student Center
The OISA and ISC are hosting a fashion and talent show on March 15 in the KSC Ballroom. There will be free food and performances!  Please contact with any questions.
March 15, 2019 | 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
4th Floor, Library
Knitting for Those in Need (KTN), a charitable organization based in Kent, Ohio, will join its Kent State University student chapter in sponsoring a 12-hour Knit-a-Thon. The event is free and open to the public. Experienced and non-knitters are welcome. Supplies are provided, and a simple form of knitting will be taught during the event. Come when you can, leave when you need to. The volunteer service organization promotes the use of the yarn arts of loom knitting, needle knitting and crochet to create warm items to serve people of need in the community.

For more information about the event, or KTN and its mission, contact 330-552-8299 or email
Pansori (판소리) is a unique tradition of story-singing originating in South Korea, in which a solo vocalist, accompanied by a single barrel drum called buk, performs all the roles, as well as the narration. In 2003, UNESCO recognized pansori as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

For her concert, Dr. Chan E. Park will treat audience members to a bilingual performance (in Korean and English) of "Sugungga" (수궁가 / 水宮歌, Song of the Underwater Palace), an ancient fable in which a turtle uses trickery to lure a wily hare to the undersea palace of the Dragon King.

There is a $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

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