Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Featured Events

Last Call for Fall Break Trips!
This weekend, OGE is taking trips to Niagara Falls, Stotler's Orchard, and Cedar Point. Although registration for Niagara Falls has passed, you can still register for Stotler's Orchard until 10/12 and Cedar Point until 10/11.

Registration for these events is separate. For more details, check out the hyperlinks below. Register for events here.

Deadline to register: 10/12

Deadline to register: 10/11
ISSS Updates

Showcase Your Home Country at a Cultural Cafe!
We're still 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
October 23, November 13 
Cultural Cafe Schedule, Spring Semester 2019
February 5, March 19, April 9

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!
FlashLine Updates: Address/Telephone
Did you know that you have to update your address and phone number within 10 calendar days of the change in order to maintain your immigration status? In order to update the changes, please log into flashline and update your "Local Address." For specific steps, please use our "Local Address and Telephone Update" guide to assist you.
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.

International Cook-Off
November 15 | 6-8:30 pm
KSC Ballroom
Showcase the foods and culture of your home country! Do you love to cook? Does your passion lie within the culinary arts? Are you a "foodie who loves to explore the tastes of the cuisines of far distant lands? On November 15, six teams will compete for the title of International Cook-Off Champion - it's not too early to put together your cooking team and get ready to compete in Kent State's 10th annual International Cook-Off.

Registration is currently open; the deadline to register is October 15th. Each team must consist of 4-6 Kent State University students. Think you're ready to register? Make sure you have:
  • A team captain;
  • The names and email addresses of all team members;
  • Two recipes: an entree and a non-alcoholic beverage;
  • The name of your recipes (with country and region);
  • The recipe preparation instructions
Teams recipes will be reviewed and six teams will be chosen by a panel of expert judges. The teams will be notified of selection by October 22nd.

ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
There will be no ISSS Advisors available on Friday, October 12th

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 to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
9:00 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.

Plan Ahead
October 23 | Cultural Cafe
October 31 | Halloween
November 12-16 | International Education Week
International Student News
October 10, 2018  |  Week 7
International Student Showcase: Meet Fehintoulu Adebanjo
Fehintolu Adebanjo is a graduate student in Public Health from Lagos, Nigeria. Her passion for environmental sustainability has led her to major in Environmental Health Services. She decided to come to Kent State because of its eco-friendly environment, pristine standards, and alignment with her career goals. She loves the amount of nature and green all around campus and considers KSU a serene and multicultural center. "You can meet so many people from all over the world and they might even become your best friend," she says. Her closest friends here in Kent are from Ghana, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. She says, "It's amazing to be able to share a connection with friends who transcend race, color, background or country."

When Fehintolu arrived last January, she was shocked to see how cold the winter gets here in Ohio. Nigeria is a very warm and tropical country where the average temperature throughout the year is 81-92 degrees (F). It is the most populous country in Africa and has many tourist attractions such as beautiful beaches, game reserves, rainforests, waterfalls, highlands, and plateaus. The country is naturally endowed with many natural resources, has over 500 spoken languages, and is very rich in arts, crafts and culture which is why many tourists love to visit Nigeria. Fehintolu explained that Nigerians are very social, friendly and love to interact with people. "Adjusting to the U.S. culture was not hard but it took some time to get used to" she explained, "but it was nice to have friends that helped me adjust easily."

Back in Nigeria, Fehintolu started her own company with a few partners after she graduated from her undergrad. She managed the company for about a year and had fifteen employees underneath her before she decided to come to Kent to get her master's degree. Since she has been in Kent she has become a Global Ambassador, a Kent State of Wellness Ambassador, and a member of the PHSA (Public Health Student Alliance). She is most proud of winning the award scholarship from African community association this semester. Currently, she loves working with the Center of Pan African Culture. It has given her an opportunity to learn a lot about Africa, its cultural expressions, and meet so many interesting people.

In five to ten years, Fehintolu hopes to be working with an intergovernmental organization and be partnering with an NGO to foster child education and youth empowerment across Africa. She also hopes to start her own social enterprise which will focus on youth/women empowerment and environmental sustainability.

Get to know Fehintolu more, by following her on InstagramTwitter, or  Facebook!

If you would like to be showcased, keep reading to the end of the newsletter for more details.
Check Out This Spring 2019 Undergraduate Course
The Department of Pan-African Studies invites you to learn more about the Model African Union course.

In this course, students will:
  • Study past and current issues that confront Africa and the African Union (AU)
  • Travel to Washington D.C. to attend simulated meetings of the African Union: Feb. 21-24 2019
  • Attend the 2019 National Model African Union Conference at Howard University
This interdisciplinary undergraduate course allows students to do four things:
  • Learn about Africa's major 20th-21st Century Challenges
  •  Study African Politics in Practice in the Nation's capital
  • Participate in a simulated summit of the African Union
  • Network with students and faculty from 30 to 40 universities and colleges
Upcoming Events
October 11-12 | Fall Break
This is the first year that Kent State has instated a fall break. There will be no classes on Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12. Classes will resume on Monday, October 15. University Campuses and offices will be open during fall break.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing, fall break!

October 11-13 | Alternative Fall Break
Kent State University's Alternative Breaks expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community engagement, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities. These programs  engage students in service as well as to inform them about current social issues and encourage their on-going involvement in social change. Some of these experiences may be used to fulfill the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR).

This fall break, take a trip to Cleveland and Cincinnati to learn more about homelessness and immigration. All lodging, meals, and transportation is included in the $100 fee.

fallsOctober 11 | Niagara Falls Day Trip
Niagara Falls | 6:30 am to 12:30 am
On Thursday, October 11 , we'll travel to Niagara Falls, NY  to see the USA side of Niagara Falls! The trip will include motor coach transportation, entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, and a Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass.

Deadline to register was 10/9
orchardOctober 13 | Stotler's Orchard
Stotler's Orchard | 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The autumn season in the Midwest is marked by crisp morning air, trees whose leaves change from green to orange and red, and fall harvests. On Saturday, October 13 , we'll travel to Stotler's Orchard  for delicious apple treats and to pick apples directly from the tree. Over 100 varieties of apples grow in northeast Ohio, and they're all delicious!

Make fall break plans now to join the Office of Global Education and other international students for a fun afternoon of apple picking, apple cider, and apple donuts! 

Register now! Deadline is 10/12
halloweekendOctober 14 | Cedar Point HalloWeekend
Cedar Point | 8:30 am to 10:30 pm
On Sunday, October 14 , get ready for thrills and chills as we travel to Sandusky, OH for HalloWeekend at Cedar Point ! In addition to world-class roller coasters, Cedar Point celebrates Halloween with funhouses, trivia games, a parade, a hay bale maze, and a lot of spooky spirit.

Register now! Deadline to register is 10/11
October 17 | International Student Appreciation Dinner
Ray's Place, Kent | 6:00 pm
October 15-19 is National  Transfer  Student Week! It's a week of celebration for you - our  transfer  students. Campus wide, you will see programs and events geared toward raising awareness about the important role that  transfer  students play in creating our dynamic, diverse, engaged, campus community.
In the Office of Global Education, we want to celebrate you. We invite you to join the OGE team, our Global Ambassadors, and other international  transfer  students for a  Transfer  Student Appreciation Dinner.

This event is free for international  transfer  students, but pre-registration is required. Guests are welcome (but will need to purchase their own dinner); please register them when you register yourself.

Questions? Please email

Register now! Deadline to register is 10/16
October 20 | International Student Tailgate
Dix Stadium | Gates open at 2 pm, kick-off is at 3:30 pm
The Office of Global Education, in partnership with Athletics and International Student Affairs, is hosting a FREE tailgating event for international students and their guests. This family friendly event will include food, beverages, games, and more. Cheer on the Kent State University Flashes football team with us - it'll be a great time!
This event is free. RSVP to reserve free tickets for yourself and your group.

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