Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
Order Your Free Graduation Stole by Friday
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
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Any time an F-1 student wants to work or volunteer off campus in a capacity related to his or her academic major, it is important to always get authorization before starting any employment. When a student is currently studying, the way to do that is by applying for  Curricular Practical Training (CPT) . A student is eligible for CPT if:
  • He or she is in valid F-1 status at the time of application and has been in full-time status on the same SEVIS record for one academic year at the same educational level (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral) preceding the CPT application.
  • The student abides by all rules surrounding full-time course registration while on CPT. Full-time CPT authorization is comparable to a full course of study if it is required by their program.
  • The CPT experience is either:
  • Satisfying a program requirement placed on all students, or
  • Optional, meaning the student will register for coursework in their program of study in the concurrent term to represent the CPT experience (example: an internship or independent study credit).
No matter if the work is voluntary or paid, the student must BE APPROVED for CPT before they can begin working.

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
International Student News
November 28, 2018  |  Week 14
International Student Showcase: Meet Usha Kamal
Usha Kamal is a graduate student studying through Kent State's International Baccalaureate (IB) Examiners partnership. She has completed her Ph.D. in Forest Genetics from the Forest Research Institute in Dehra Dun in India. She is currently working in the IB school in India as a TOK Coordinator and a TOK, biology, and ESS facilitator. At Kent State, she is studying as part of the IB examiner teacher credit scheme towards the course, "Evaluation and Assessment of IB Grading Standards."

Usha is originally from the northern part of India, specifically the cities of Almora and Nainital, which are in the hills of Kumaun. She says, "India is a spiritual land and has a very unique blend of diversity. Citizens have the freedom to follow their religion and culture. It is a beautiful place and an international tourist area with many temples and ashrams."

Outside of her studies, she loves listening to music, exploring new places, and playing chess. She is also involved in a nature club and plans on starting a clean air club in school to combat air pollution, which is a major global problem. Some advice she would like to give to other international students is: "Be an active member of the university's community and use your time in college productively. Be focused, passionate, and consistent in your studies, but also learn to have fun and have a long term vision past your college graduation."

She is very passionate about the curriculum that she teaches at the IBDP and is happy with the way her IB program is developing thus far. She says, "The IB is progressing and helping at a global level with installing the values that the younger generations need to have by instilling international mindfulness, intercultural understanding, and open-mindedness." She is also proud of the work she has completed at Kent State. She has earned 12 out of 12 on the IB Examiner Grading Rubric, which is a distinguished score in all 4 of the rubric criteria.

Once she completes her program through the International Baccalaureate with Kent State, Usha sees herself in a senior leadership position as a director or principal in IB schools in five to ten years from now. She hopes to be able to implement the knowledge and skills that she has learned in her journey as a facilitator, workshop leader, and examiner to help the education community. Additionally, she hopes to promote unity, humanity, harmony, and peace to make the world a better and beautiful place to live in.

Telling Stories with Pictures
Often, we think communication is just through words. But communication is also very visual. If you are interested appearing in a Kent State University ad or video campaign please email, Don Vana at, to schedule a time to stop by the Office of Global Education for a quick reference picture for both current and future campaign consideration.
It's a powerful way to support one another and who knows you might become famous in the process!
Upcoming Events
Sign & Dine
Thursday, November 29 | VCH 106, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Are you leaving the United States during Winter Break? Come to our Sign & Dine event to get your travel signature, eat some snacks, and take some goofy pictures in preparation for your fun trip ahead!

We will be in the Office of Global Education (VCH 106) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 29Once 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 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
Terry Boyarsky: Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition
Saturday, December 8 | 7:30 pm
North Water Street Gallery
300 North Water Street, Suite H, Kent, OH
Boyarsky's program, entitled "Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition," will feature rarely heard music from Bartók to Bach, all inspired by ethnic dance and music from the villages of Armenia, Afghanistan, Rumania, Russia, and more, many displaying unusual modes and meters.

The event will feature hearty and delicious home-cooked Eastern European foods (served at no additional charge), including borscht, blini, and kvass.

The concert will start at 8:00 pm and precede with light food and drinks at 7:30 pm.

$10 suggested donation or pay what you can

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