Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates

International Cook-Off Team Announcement
Congratulations to the six teams who will represent their countries' cuisines at the 2018 International Cook-Off!
  • Team Sri Lanka
  • Team Nigeria
  • Team Indonesia
  • Team India
  • Team Brazil
  • Team Bangladesh
The International Cook-Off is the largest event of International Education Week. Showcasing foods and beverages from each country, teams of 4-6 will prepare authentic, interesting, and delicious dishes. Our panel of expert judges choose the first place cook-off team, but we need your help to select the People's Choice Award! The International Cook-Off will be held Thursday, November 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Good luck to all of our teams; we can't wait to see you there!

Run The World Virtual Run!
The Run The World project is a scholarship fundraiser for Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA) students to utilize on an education abroad experience during their academic career at Kent State. This event aims to raise funds and appreciation for education abroad in our ever-changing world. The fifth-wave of higher education that we are currently navigating proves the importance of not only cultural-awareness, but cultural acceptance, and the best way to learn about the many different ways in which people live is to experience it yourself through education abroad.
All participants will receive an official Run the World Virtual Race shirt and finisher's medal. Run or walk anytime and anywhere you want to support the cause!
international education week 2018
International Education Week: November 12-16
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 20 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. You can learn more about the entire schedule of events on the   IEW 2018 website . 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 .
STEM Majors & What They Mean as an F-1 Student
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors are a big deal, but every school qualifies majors differently. STEM majors qualify for what is called OPT STEM Extension, a 24-month extension of work authorization following the 1-year of Post-Completion OPT. For students who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, you can verify whether your CIP Code (listed on your I-20 under Major 1 as a 6-digit number XX.XXXX) is STEM by going to the STEM Designated Degree Program List and comparing finding if your code is listed. Still have questions? Stop in to Walk-In Advising on Wednesdays!
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.
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 will be shortened on November 7 due to a faculty/staff event. The morning will still be 9-11 am, but the afternoon block will be from 1:30-2:30 pm.

Walk-In Advising 
9:00 am to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Last sign in at 2:15 

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
Spooky International Student News
October 31, 2018  |  Week 10
International Student Showcase: Meet
Xiaoshan (Sandy) Zhang
Sandy Zhang, is an international transfer student from Shenzhen, China. She started out as an exchange student at the Kent State Stark campus in the fall of 2015. After the exchange program was over, Sandy realized what a wonderful experience she had there and decided to return to Kent State to continue her education with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing.

Sandy decided to come to Kent State because of the excellent professors and diversity of the campus. She also loves all of the opportunities she has to get involved on campus. She says, "Kent is so great. Not only does it offer many academic resources to its students, it also gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and make international friends." She loves learning about the differences in culture between people. On campus, she is currently involved with the  Chinese Student Association. This organization allows her to host Chinese culture events and share her culture with other students.

Some advice that Sandy has for other international students is to get involved and not overthink anything. She says, "You never know how many different opportunities are out there until you step out of your comfort zone. Don't doubt yourself! By reaching out, you will have more connections and chances come to you than you can expect. The best things will always show up when you least expect it."

In the future, Sandy hopes to graduate from Kent State and continue on to graduate school. Once she has her Master's degree, she wants to gain more experience before she is ready to open her own company in China. Sandy plans to open her own global company for international trade. She also hopes to work with charity organizations that will help people, especially disabled people and children. "I want to make a contribution towards my country and society," she noted. A bright future is beyond Sandy's graduation as she progresses into making her dreams a reality.

If you'd like to connect with Sandy on social media, add her on  Facebook and  Instagram!
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.
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.
Upcoming Events
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on
October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31.
It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward
off ghosts. 
Grove City Outlet Shopping
Sunday, November 4 | 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Grove City, PA
Brrr! It's getting cold outside! Have you purchased winter clothing yet? Join the Global Ambassadors and the Office of Global Education for a trip to the Grove City (PA) outlet mall to stock up on winter clothing at discount prices. You may even get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Alternative Breaks Open House
Thursday, November 8 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)
Registration is now open for the 2019 Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs! Travel to communities near and far to learn about important topics through community service, cultural excursions and group reflection. All programs include student and faculty/staff leaders, and provide wonderful opportunities to connect outside of the classroom.
Cultural Cafe: Indonesia & Democratic Republic of Congo
Tuesday, November 13 | 4:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony
November 2018 Cultural Cafe graphic
To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, International Student and Scholar Services at the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés every semester. Each month, students, faculty and staff are invited to the informal and free Café that seeks to educate and familiarize them about the home countries of our international students.

International Graduation Reception
Thursday, December 13 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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 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 30th Congratulations, graduates! #FlashesForever!
Registration to receive a FREE graduation stole is required by November 30, 2018
Plan Ahead
November 16 | Fulbright Friday

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