International Student News
January 17, 2018  |  Number 1
       
International Students: Welcome and Welcome Back!  
Spring Semester 2018 is Underway  
 
As Spring Semester 2018 gets off to a cold, snowy start, the staff of the Office of Global Education wishes to welcome back all of our returning international students, as well as to say "hello" to all of our newly-arrived international students who are seeing the Kent State campus for the first time.
 
It may be called Spring Semester, but everyone should expect another 8 to 9 weeks of winter before spring officially arrives in late March (when spring arrives can Spring Break be far behind?). But despite the cold weather, snow and a shortage of daylight, winter can still be a fun time on campus. There's ice-skating at the Ice Arena, sled-riding on Taylor Hill, and lots of other winter-themed events, such as Winter Blast which happens this Friday at the Ice Arena. The Office of Global Education is also organizing a skiing trip to nearby Brandywine resort for February - look for complete details coming in next week's issue.
 
Watch a video to experience the beauty, as well as the fun, that winter can bring to Kent State.  
 
We offer you our best wishes in your courses of study this semester. But we also remind all international students to be sure to maintain your immigration status by meeting the requirements outlined below. In the meantime, bundle up and stay warm!

  

Upcoming Events  

 

Winter Blast  
January 19 - WinterBlast!
Kent State Ice Arena | 6:30 to 11:00 pm   
Grab all your friends and catch up at WinterBlast! Enjoy horse and carriage rides, bonfires with smores, a Kent State Hockey game and more! Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.
 
January 27 - Cleveland Monsters Hockey Game
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland  |  Leave Campus: 5:00 pm  |  Game Starts at 7:00 pm  |  Return to Campus: 10:00 pm   
Join the Office of Global Education as we head north to watch professional hockey as the Cleveland Monsters take on the Iowa Wild. $15 (ISAF) and $25 (Non-ISAF). Cost includes transportation to and from campus. Tickets limited. Registration required.
Rock the Books_ International Student Reception_ February 1
February 1 - International Student Reception
4th Floor, Library  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm 
The staffs of the Kent State Library and the Office of Global Education welcomes all of our international students back to campus with an evening of games, prizes and a buffet dinner. Don't miss all the food, fun and new friends. To ensure sufficient food for all attendees, your registration is requested!
 
Kent State Student Organization Fair
February 1 - Student Organization Fair
4th Floor, Library  |  6:00 to 8:00 pm 
Learn more about Kent State's more than 400 student organizations all in one place. A great opportunity to connect, network and discover people who share the same interests as you!
 
Plan Ahead 
  • Week of February 12  |  I Heart Travel Week
  • February 17  |  Ski Trip to Brandywine Resort
  • February 28  |  Cultural Cafe
  • March 3  |  Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Game
Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours
International Student and Scholar Services

Mondays
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays
No Advising
Wednesdays
9:00 to 11:00 am
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Thursdays
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Fridays
9:00 to 11:00 am

Contact Us:
Phone: 1-330-672-7980
Email:  isss@kent.edu
Campus Location:  Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Ongoing Immigration Requirements for All F-1 and J-1 Students
 
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) 
Local Address and Phone Number. All international students must maintain their most current local (U.S.) address and phone number in their Flashline accounts. By doing so, students enable ISSS to maintain their registration in the SEVIS Immigration Database.
 
Requirements for All Newly-Arrived International Students
 
International students who have arrived on the Kent State campus for the first time starting with Spring Semester 2018 must complete the following two tasks.
 
Check In.  If you are a new incoming student, you must Check In with the Office of Global Education (Room 106, Van Campen Hall) within 10 days of your arrival in the United States. If you have not done so already, please do so immediately. Please note that attending Orientation on January 11 does NOT satisfy the check-in requirement - you MUST do so at the Office of Global Education.  
 
Online Orientation. Watch your BlackBoard account in Flashline to complete your Online Orientation the week of February 5. Don't worry - we'll send you a reminder by email when Online Orientation is available.  
 
To avoid having a hold placed on your account, you must complete the online orientation and pass the subsequent online test with a minimum 80% grade by March 23.

Health Forms.  Also upon your arrival, you are required to submit completed immunization and medical history forms to the university at the  DeWeese Health Center  located at 1500 Eastway Drive on the Kent State campus.
 
OPT Workshops for Spring 2018 Graduates    
 
If you are graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for one of our upcoming OPT workshops. The workshops will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. Please  register for one of the scheduled sessions to reserve your spot.  
 
Workshop Schedule
January 29, 2:00-3:30pm, Library, Room 108 
February 13, 10:00-11:30am, Library, Room 108 
March 5, 3:00-4:30pm, Library, Room 108 
April 6, 3:00-4:30pm, Library, Room 108 
May 1, 1:00-2:30pm, Library, Room 108 

Register for OPT Workshop
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Flash ALERTS is Kent State's official emergency text notification system to alert subscribers of critical information no matter what time it is or where they are in the world. Flash ALERTS expands the university's ability to send critical news and information to the university community during campus emergencies. 

Flash ALERTS also includes any campus closings due to threatening winter weather conditions -- a frequent occurrence during winter in northeast Ohio. Twice during the week of January 8, the university had to delay its start of business, close outright or release non-essential staff early due to icy conditions and snow accumulation 

So, stay informed, stay alert and stay safe by subscribing to Flash ALERTS.

Your Health and Welfare is Our Top Priority

Healthcare can be expensive in the United States, especially when faced with a serious illness or injury. Therefore, all international students are required to have health insurance that is comparable to the coverage provided by the Kent State-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. To automatically initiate your coverage, the bursar's office will post your Health Insurance fee to your account each semester. 

Students may obtain healthcare insurance waivers if certain conditions are met. For further assistance contact:

University Health Services:
Insurance and Billing
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