International Student News
September 7, 2017  |  Number 1

And We Are Off and Running. We're well into our second week of classes and Kent State students are already racing to keep up with their studies.

The staff and friends of the Office of Global Education (OGE) celebrated the arrival of our new incoming international students late last month with food, music, dance and plenty of fun during our Welcome Picnic. The next day during International Student Orientation, those same students began the pursuit of their academic dreams with help and advice from several representatives of Kent State's numerous student support services, including OGE.  
An extensive amount of information was provided to our students during the recent new international student orientation, including a number of important phone numbers and web links. As a convenience to those students in attendance, the PowerPoint used by the various presenters during orientation is available online for your reference and ease of use.
Make your friends and family proud. Have a great semester!
Upcoming Events
The semester gets off to a great start with an upcoming weekend that is packed with a full assortment of fun and engaging events.
2017 Black Squirrel Festival_ September 8
September 8 - Black Squirrel Festival 
Noon to 5:00 pm | Risman Plaza 
A Kent State tradition for 36 years. Features music, food, local vendors, student organizations and plenty of giveaways and prizes. Don't miss the fun.  
2017 Run the World 5K
September 9 - Run the World 5K. 
Race begins at 8:30 am | Risman Plaza 
If you enjoy running and supporting a great cause, join your fellow students for a fast and friendly 5K race across campus. Things get underway on Risman Plaza at 8:30 am, Saturday, September 9. There is a $25 admission fee which help fund study abroad scholarships.  
Kent State Aeronautics Fair
September 9 - 21st Annual Kent State Aeronautics Fair
9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Kent State Airport 
Join the College of Aeronautics and Engineering and the rest of the Kent State Community for a family-oriented, educational event. Vintage aircraft, displays and food vendors. It's free and open to all.
The friendly folks at
MainStreetKent invites all students to downtown Kent for an afternoon of multicultural performances and festivities. We hope to see you there!
Fall 2017 Intenrational Student Reception. Main Library_ September 14
September 14 - International Student Reception
6:00 to 8:00 pm  |  Main Library, 4th Floor 
You won't want to miss all the food, fun and new friends as the University Library welcomes all international students to campus during a special reception.
Education Abroad Expo_ September 14_ Kent Student CenterSeptember 14 - Education Abroad Expo
11:00 am to 2:00 pm  |  Kent Student Center, 2nd Floor
Our annual Expo is your one-stop-shop for everything you'll need to get your study abroad adventure underway. Learn about all of the study abroad programs which Kent State has to offer, as well as available financial resources and travel arrangements.
Plan Ahead 
Immigration Requirements for F-1 and J-1 Students
Check In. If you are a new incoming student, you must Check In with the Office of Global Education within 10 days of your arrival in the United States. If you have not done so already, please do so immediately  
Full-time Registration. Unless you have previous approval for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) from ISSS, you must be registered full-time each semester. Full-time registration is defined as follows:
  • Undergraduate Level: 12 credit hours minimum (at least 9 credit hours must be traditional)
  • Graduate Level: 8 credit hours minimum (at least 6 credit hours must be traditional)
  • ESL: 17 credit hours (all must be traditional)
Online Orientation.Watch your BlackBoard account in Flashline to complete your Online Orientation beginning September 15.
Local Address and Phone Number. You must keep your current local (U.S.) address and phone number in your Flashline account. By doing so, you enable ISSS to maintain your registration in the SEVIS Immigration Database.
Keys to Student Success 
Seeing an Advisor
The start of a semester is always a busy time for the Office of Global Education - especially for the student advisors in our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). New students are arriving and starting classes and everyone has questions. To avoid a prolonged wait to see an advisor, here are some tips:
  • Many reasons exist for seeking the counsel of one of our ISSS advisors. The most critical times are:
    • Before accepting any job or internship
    • Before making any changes to your class schedule during a semester
    • Before you travel outside of the United States
    • After you change your major or degree program
    • Whenever you have any immigration or personal issues
  • Before visiting our office with a question, please reference our online Frequently Asked Questions webpage. There, you will find the answers to the questions international students ask most often. Checking the page first could save you a trip to the office.
  • Also, before visiting our office, please consult our online walk-in advising schedule to insure an advisor will be available at the time when you plan to arrive at the office. Checking the schedule first could save you both time and trouble.
  • You can always schedule an advising appointment in advance. Simply visit our Make an Appointment webpage and follow the links. You will be asked to fill out a few questions to help us better prepare for the meeting.
  • Because of the time required, you should always schedule an appointment if you need to discuss any of the following issues:
    • Academic Training (J-1)
    • Change of Status
    • Severe Economic Hardship
    • Reinstatement

International Student and ISSS advisor  

An Invitation to all Female International Students: 
The Women's Center Mentorship program has a mission to equip all female students with the tools they need to pursue their passions, excel in their careers and reach their academic goals. Kent State Women_s Center
Between now and the September 15 deadline, the Women's Center invites all of our international female students to apply for its mentorship program for an opportunity to receive mentoring from a faculty, staff or community member.  
Contact Us:
Phone: 1-330-672-7980
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001
HelpfulLinksHelpful Links
New Kent State International Students at Fall 2017 Welcome Picnic