Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Featured Events
Join us for an upcoming event - we've missed you!
We've been working hard on these upcoming events - can't wait to reconnect with you soon!

On Saturday, September 15th, travel to the  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame   to be inspired by the power of music, then explore Cleveland from the water by taking a  Goodtime III Cruise.

Check out the first  Cultural Cafe  of the semester on September 18th and learn about the cultures (and foods!) of Nepal and Zambia!

Still making plans for Fall Break? Join other international students for a trip to Washington, DC (October 11-13) or stay close to home and enjoy the midwestern tradition of fall apple picking at Stotler's Orchard on October 13.

For more information about other upcoming events, check out our  events page . We hope to see you soon!
September 12 |  International Student Reception
1st floor, Library |  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  
Please join us on  Wednesday September 12 , 5-7pm  at the library for delicious snacks, games, prizes and fun! Come meet other incoming and returning international students, learn about library services and meet your subject librarian. All international students and their families are welcome.

ISSS Updates
NF/SF Grades: How They Can Affect Your Immigration Status

Did you know? Attending class is the number one predictor of academic success. Similarly, maintaining full time status 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. If that were to happen, 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. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services 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.
December Graduates: Your Options and OPT

If you are graduating this semester, it is time to decide whether you want to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or something else. There are four different options available to you once you complete your program. You have until February 17, 2019 to decide whether you would like to:
  • Apply for OPT;
  • Apply to a new program at KSU;
  • Transfer your SEVIS to a new institution and start a new academic program; or
  • Return home.
Many of our students choose to apply for OPT, which allows you to work for one year following your graduation, but the application process can be confusing. In order to prepare you for OPT, if that is what you choose, we have a number of dates and times available for our OPT Workshops. We did add more options this semester, per student feedback.

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!
Global Ambassadors

New students, Global Ambassadors are here for you! If you are still looking for a great way to get connected to Kent State University and begin building long-lasting friendships, then sign up to be matched with a Global Ambassador.

Meet our Global Ambassadors! They are student leaders on campus with a variety of passions and interests. Beyond their current commitments they are seeking ways to help make your transition to KSU as easy as possible.

ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Exciting change for 2018

You asked for it, and you got it! More time with your ISSS Advisors and less time waiting in the lobby. We now have appointments available 4 days a week to ensure students are able to meet with advisors as needed. We have Walk-In Wednesdays for those quick questions and appointments for all your other needs. Appointments can be scheduled  here .

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
International Student News
September 5, 2018  |  Week 2
May 4 Visitor Center
Attractions at Kent State

Kent State has a great history since its establishment in 1910. Some areas on campus have been dedicated to the growth that the university has seen over the years such as the Fashion Museum, the May 4th museum, and the Wick Poetry Center. These areas are worth a visit if you find yourself with some free time on campus.

Fashion Museum
Kent State has its very own museum of Fashion! Among some of the most popular majors at KSU are Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. These programs were initiated when a very large donation of clothes, historic costumes, paintings and decorative arts was given to Kent state from Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman. The President of Kent in 1982, Brage Golding, offered to create a museum and start a curriculum in fashion, which Jerry enthusiastically agreed to. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday and is free to any KSU student who has their flash card with them. It now holds over 20,000 objects and has a permanent collection as well as exhibits that change throughout the year.

May 4th Visitors Center
On the Kent campus in May of 1970, a large mass of students were protesting the bombings that were happening in Cambodia by the United States military. The US National Guard came to the campus to shut down the protests but the students wouldn't disperse. One National Guard member started to shoot and 28 others joined him. Four students were killed and 9 were injured. Today, the May 4th Visitor's Center was established to allow anyone to visit and learn more about the history of the shooting. It is located in room 101 of Taylor Hall. A monument to honor the fallen students is also placed behind Taylor Hall and a walking tour of the area was created along with a documentary that explains the events of what happened on that day. May 4th is a big day in Kent State's history and is commemorated every year by students, faculty, and staff.

Wick Poetry Center
This center was founded in 1984 by Robert Wick and his brother Walter Wick in honor of their sons. It is a center that focuses on poetry and encourages young writers to share their work and grow as poets. Throughout the school year, readings, publications, workshops and scholarship opportunities are available to students who take an interest in poetry. The May Prentice building, near the Center of Architecture and Design on the Esplanade, houses the Wick Poetry Center and its staff and interns. There is also a Wick Poetry Corner on the second level of the library where readings are often held.
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.
pizza party with students
New Student Pizza Party

International students enjoyed a free lunch of pizza and refreshments on Thursday, August 30 in the downstairs lobby of Eastway. The lunch was provided by the Office of Global Education and allowed the students to mingle and get to know other international students here at Kent State. Several staff members from the OGE also partook in the event and chatted with the students to see how the first week of classes was going. The lunch had a good turnout as it was a wonderful opportunity for students to take a break from classes and enjoy some pizza with good company.
Upcoming Events
September 7  |  Black Squirrel Festival 
Risman Plaza |  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm    
Kent State International Scholar Summer Picnic_ June 29
The Black Squirrel Festival has been a Kent State tradition for 37 years! The event offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Vendors will have coupons and freebies, and student organizations will be tabling to recruit new members. This is the perfect opportunity to find an organization to join!
September 8 |  Run the World 5K & Kent International Festival
Risman Plaza |  8:30 am  
The Run the World Race Series is a collaboration between the colleges and regional campuses within Kent State University and the Office of Global Education to raise money for education abroad student scholarships.  The Series will consist of the fourth annual Run the World held on Kent State's Kent Campus and the third annual Run the World - Stark at the Stark Campus in North Canton, OH on April 6, 2019.

Head downtown after the race for free entertainment and photo opportunities! The fun lasts until 4 pm.

Kent race: $25

Stark race: $25

Run the World series: $45

September 13 |  Education Abroad Expo
2nd Floor Mezzanine, Kent Student Center | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm  
In today's world, a study abroad experience has become increasingly essential to a student's academic and professional success. However for most students, turning a dream to study abroad into reality can be a daunting task - how and where does one get started? To answer that question, the Office of Global Education (OGE) will host its annual Education Abroad Expo  on Thursday, September 13, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the 2nd Floor Mezzanine in the Kent Student Center.

September 18 | Cultural Cafe
Ballroom Balcony, KSC |  4:00 pm to 5:30 pm  
cultural cafe
Throughout the semester, OGE hosts Cultural Cafes with presentations and food sampling from two different countries. Free and open to people of all ages. September's host countries are Nepal and Zambia.

Plan Ahead
September 14 | Brazilian Fever
September 15 | Goodtime III Cruise & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
September 18 | Cultural Cafe
September 21 | Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration ( hosted by the  Chinese Student Association)
October 5 | International Homecoming Celebration  (registration required by September 28)
October 6 | Kent State Homecoming
October 11-12 | Fall Break
October 11-13 | Washington, D.C. Trip
October 13 | Stotler's Orchard

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