Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
international education week 2018
International Education Week Continues
International Education Week is a week of events focused on sharing the international education initiatives that exist at Kent State University and highlighting the knowledge, talent, and diversity that our international students, faculty, staff, and scholars add to our community. In 2018, campus offices, and organizations will host more than 25 events across campus. From an international poetry reading to scholar lectures; from movie discussions to education abroad fairs, and a Career Boot Camp, the IEW 2018 calendar has something to offer everyone.

International Education Week is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about events across the country here.

You can learn more about the entire schedule of events on the   IEW 2018 website .
International Cook-Off
Thursday, November 15 | 6:00 to 8:30 pm
KSC Ballroom
The International Cook-Off is the largest event of International Education Week. Our student teams from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, are preparing authentic, interesting, and delicious dishes as they compete for 1st Place in the 2018 International Cook-Off. Our panel of expert judges choose the first place cook-off team, but we need your help to select the People's Choice Award!
Stick around after the Cook-Off to check out the FAB-ulously International FAB Thursday, hosted by Flash Activities Board; you'll find games and activities on the 2nd floor of the KSC from 7-10:30 p.m.
Order Your FREE Stole for Graduation
The Offices of Global Education, International Student Affairs, and the Alumni Association would like to recognize your achievements as an international graduate by presenting you with a graduation stole. Graduation stoles are garments worn at graduation to denote outstanding achievement and membership within a community. Order your free graduation stole when you register for the  International Student Graduation Reception by  Friday, November 30. You will receive your stole with your embroidered home-country's name at the International Graduation Reception on December 13.

You will only receive a graduation stole if you register by Friday, November 30
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.
Library & Technology Workshops
In conjunction with Information Services, the Library offers technology workshops and workshops on topics such as Avoiding Plagiarism, Citation Management and How to Write a Literature Review. Click on the links below to view workshop times and locations.
ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

Appointment slots are available every day of the week except Thursday.

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 
9:00 am to 11:30 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
We Want to Hear from YOU!
Starting this fall, we want to showcase you in our newsletter! Each week, one international student will be chosen to be interviewed and highlighted in our newsletter. Topics of interest include your home country, major, student involvement around campus, advice, and more!

If you are interested in being showcased, please contact Olivia Albrecht at with "International Student Profile" in the subject line.
International Student News
November 14, 2018  |  Week 12
International Student Showcase: Meet Anas Alzahrani
Anas Alzahrani is a senior studying Flight Technology. Originally from Saudi Arabia, he travelled to the U.S. 6 years ago when he started his first undergraduate degree in ESL at the University of Wilkes in Pennsylvania. Ever since he was a child, he wanted to be a pilot. His mother always encouraged him to follow this career path, so when he graduated with his first degree from Wilkes, he searched for programs in the U.S., and he found Kent State's aviation program. He decided to attend Kent State because of the impressive curriculum and handful of friends and family who also studied here.

Anas likes that Kent is a smaller town with not much traffic, which is similar to his home town in Saudi Arabia. When talking about his home country, Anas says, "It's not all camels and oil as everyone thinks. We are a large developed country with big cities not unlike the U.S., though the cultures are very different." One of the biggest cultural differences that he found was in the food. In his opinion, food is art in Saudi Arabia. It takes time to prepare and many spices are added to make the perfect dish. However, from his experience meals don't take as long to prepare here in the U.S.

Outside of studying, Anas is the president of the Saudi Arabian student organization on campus. He also enjoys volunteering and is involved in a classic car group in the community. The best thing that has happened to him since coming to Kent has been meeting one of his best friends. He says about his friend, "I would have never met this lifelong friend if I had never come to Kent."

One thing he would like to tell first year international students is to make sure you integrate on campus. Don't live off campus your first year if you can, so that you can make some American friends. Even live with a host family, if possible. "I lived by myself at first, and I wish I hadn't, so I could have gotten more involved in student life," he reflects.

His greatest accomplishment since coming to Kent State is being on the Dean's List every semester. He is proud of all of the hard work he has done in order to receive this honor. Most semesters he takes over 20 credits, so he pushes himself to succeed academically.

Once he graduates with his undergraduate degree from Kent State, he wishes to continue on and pursue a master's degree from Kent State's aviation program. Upon completion, he will return to Saudi Arabia and become a pilot. If you are interested in connecting with Anas, add him on Instagram and snapchat @anoosi14.

If you would like to be showcased, keep reading the newsletter for more details.
International Education Week T-Shirts
This year, we have IEW t-shirts for sale, so you can show-off your Kent State pride during International Education Week! These shirts have "Kent State University" in KSU Gold on the front, and "Flashes Forever," in various languages and colors on the back in the shape of a circle.

T-shirts are  $7 (payable via cash at an event or via  OGE Storefront ) and a vailable at the following events:
  • 11/15: International Cook-Off
    • 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, KSC Ballroom
  • 11/16: International Thanksgiving Dinner
    • 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, KSC 306
  • Throughout the week in OGE, Van Campen Hall
Upcoming Events
Culture Shock in the Classroom: International Student Panel
Friday, November 16 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Room 318, KSC
Please join the Student Diversity Action Council for their IEW student panel event. Hear about first-hand experiences adapting to life in the U.S., gain insight on different learning styles between domestic and international countries, and learn how to bridge the gap between students and faculty at Kent State.
International Thanksgiving Dinner
Friday, November 16 | 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Room 306, KSC
Join the Office of Global Education for a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday, November 16!  This event is $5 and open to all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Please register below.

Chinese Night
Friday, November 16 | 6:00 pm
Room 313, KSC
The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council are hosting a Chinese Night! Learn about the Chinese culture and try traditional Chinese foods.
Oud Masterpieces from Egypt, Lebanon and Syria by Danny Lahood
Saturday, November 17 | 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
North Water St Gallery, 300 N Water St, Suite H, Kent, Ohio 44240
This event will start with light food and drinks and a meet-and-greet followed by classical, folk, and modern music from Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, with several songs by the late, great Farid al-Atrash, nicknamed "King of the Oud"). Lahood, who also plays the derbake (goblet drum), will accompany himself with traditional percussion sounds produced by an electronic keyboard.

Going along with the evening's theme, a selection of delicious Lebanese foods, provided by Sanabel Middle East Bakery of Akron, will be served at no extra charge.

There is a $10 suggested donation
Oman's 48th National Day Celebration
Monday, November 19 | 6:00 pm
KSC Ballroom
Join the Omani Student Association as they celebrate Oman's 48th National Day. Free food and free henna!
International Graduation Reception
Thursday, December 13 | 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Center for Service and Alumni Engagement
Attention December graduates! As you prepare for commencement, we hope that you take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments. Graduation is a milestone; in just a few weeks, you will join the ranks of over 241,000 former students as proud Kent State University alumni.

The International Graduation Reception is held every year to celebrate you! Enjoy free food and drinks and take pictures in front of Kent State branded backdrops with your friends and family. If you ordered a free stole, you will receive it at 5:00 pm.

Registration to receive a FREE graduation stole is required by November 30, 2018

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