Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
Register Your Team for the Interntional 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 19. 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 22.

Responding to ICE Officials
What should I do if officials from ICE or any other police agency come to my home?

Because you are lawfully within the U.S., you have certain rights under the law and constitution.  Ask the official to see his identification badge and ask if he has a warrant to show you. You are not required to let any government official into your home without a warrant unless there is an emergency. An example of an emergency is if someone within your home is in danger of harm.  You are required to give the official your correct name and date of birth. Beyond that, you have a "right to remain silent." You are not required to volunteer any other information. Do not give any false information. You should calmly and politely state that you do not want to answer any questions until your attorney can be present. The official might say things like he will not be able to help you unless you help him. He may try to make you think you will get into trouble if you do not answer his questions.

You cannot get into trouble for remaining silent. This is your right.

To  protect yourself, it is important that you do not speak with ICE or any other police officer unless you have a lawyer with you. Simply ask how to contact the officer then consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Social Security Card Information
There are a number of benefits to having a Social Security Number (SSN), but how can students get one? The only valid way to get an SSN is by finding employment, and the only employment students are permitted is on-campus employment. Off-campus employment requires authorization from ISSS first, but you can make an appointment with an ISSS Advisor to learn more. Once you have a job, you then need to bring your offer letter and the Social Security Employment Verification Form (completed by your supervisor) to ISSS either by an appointment or during Walk-In Wednesdays . We will then sign the form and provide instructions to the next steps. Just remember, you should always talk to us before working on-campus to ensure that you stay in status!
Graduation Invitation Letters
If you are graduating this December, 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!
Showcase Your Home Country at a Cultural Cafe!
We are now scheduling for Spring 2019 Cultural Cafes!
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, 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!
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
October 17, 2018  |  Week 8
Ahmed Al Gharibi International Student Showcase: Meet Ahmed Al Gharibi
Ahmed Al Gharibi is an international student from Oman. He is studying computer science and is in his second year here at Kent State. His passion for video games sparked his interest in computer science; he is fascinated with technology and wanted to delve deeper into the science behind the games.

Ahmed decided to come to Kent State because of our program for his major. His home country, Oman, sponsors students who have graduated from high school with high marks to come to the U.S. for their undergraduate degrees. When deciding where to attend school, he found that Kent State had a great computer science program. What made it even better is that there is a large population of Omani students studying here. He is so thankful that he had this opportunity and considers it one of his greatest achievements. "Being able to study here is so great," he says, "I really hope that some of my friends who are still in Oman will take advantage of this program too and come to study at Kent."

After graduation, Ahmed hopes to stay in the U.S. and build his career. He would love to be able to work with a major corporation like Microsoft or Google for a few years before he returns to Oman, where he would continue his career in computer science.

Some of his interests include playing soccer with his friends, traveling as much as he can, and making YouTube videos. He hopes that one day he can visit all of the 50 states. He says about the U.S., "They each [states] have something unique to offer. Every time I visit a new state, I discover something new." His YouTube channel is based on his travels and daily life here. Most of his friends and family from back home in Oman watch his channel in order to see what he's up to. His favorite T.V. shows include Game of Thrones, Friends, and Dark. He loves hip-hop music, and the Weeknd and Eminem are two of his favorite artists.

Get to know Ahmed by following him on Instagram and YouTube.

If you would like to be showcased, keep reading the newsletter for more details.
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.
Unhappy With Your Progress This Semester? Unsure of How to Turn Your Semester Around?
Student Success Programs will be offering Save My Semester Workshops this semester to provide assistance to students who have not met their academic goals at midterm time.    Workshops are geared towards first-year students but any level undergraduate student is welcome to attend.    The workshops will focus on goal setting, identification of resources and tools/tips for a successful end to the semester.

Please contact Student Success Programs at 330-672-9292 with any questions.

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.

View workshop offerings on the International Students LibGuide  and technology Workshop offerings

Upcoming Workshops
Avoiding Plagiarism & Citation Basics
10/18-- 5:15 pm to 6:30pm, Room 152, Main Library

Searching Databases and Google Scholar
10/22-- 10:50 am to 12:05pm, Room 152, Main Library


How to do a Literature Review
10/24-- 3:00 pm to 4:00pm, Room 334, Main Library


Academic Writing & Grammar
10/30-- 3:00 pm to 4:30pm, Room 334, Main Library


Walk-in Consultations in Van Campen Hall
Research & Citation Help
Thursdays-- 9:30-11:30am

Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Fridays-- 10:00am- 12pm
Upcoming Events
October 20 | International Student Tailgate
Southeast Platform, Dix Stadium | Gates open at 2:00 pm, kick-off is at 3:30 pm
Cheer on the Kent State University Flashes football team as they compete in the Wagon Wheel Challenge vs. the University of Akron. 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.

Notes: Free transportation is provided by PARTA during the game; parking at Dix stadium is $5. For more details about the game, check out the Athletics site.

October 23 | Cultural Cafe
Ballroom Balcony, KSC | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Throughout the semester, OGE hosts Cultural Cafes with presentations and food sampling from two different countries. Free and open to people of all ages. October's host countries are Albania and South Africa.

This event is free and open to all!

Plan Ahead
October 30 | OPT Workshop
October 31 | Halloween
November 12-16 | International Education Week
November 13 | Cultural Cafe: Indonesia & Democratic Republic of Congo
November 15 | International Cook-Off
November 16 | International Thanksgiving Dinner

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