August 2010

Office of International Students & Scholars
42 W. Warren
Suite 416, Welcome Center
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fax: (313) 577-2962

Spring/Summer Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall/Winter Office Hours
Beginning August 17, 2010

Monday - Thrusday
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Health Insurance Contact
Carol Kassab
Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fall Office Hours

Effective August 17, 2010, OISS will begin fall hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The walk-in advising hours will remain unchanged.

Get Ready for Global Festival 2010!!!

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is organizing its 40th Annual Global Festival (formerly known as the International Fair) that will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Gullen Mall. This event draws an average of 4,000 students and community residents to this day-long program. Besides winning many prizes, participants can also sample ethnic food, enjoy cultural entertainment, and purchase ethnic items.

We would like to invite you and your association to join us in making this year’s Global Festival a success. This year, the booth rental will be $25. Please consider contributing to the festivities by providing a performance that includes dance, singing, drama, poetry reading, or some other type of cultural activity (approximately 15 to 30 minutes).

If you are interested in participating in the Global Festival, please fill out the Global Festival application form below and bring the form to OISS by September 10, 2010. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

We look forward to working with you!

2010 Global Festival Participation Form

International Education Week

International Education Week is a world-wide celebration in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and U. S. Department of Education. International Education Week, November 15-19, 2010, is an event designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain.

Please consider presenting a session or providing an event.

OISS is now accepting proposals through October 8, 2010.

To submit a proposal, go to the International Week website ( click on the "Submit Event Proposal" link, login (using your Pipeline ID and Password) and complete the form.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by email at

Change of Address

Remember, on your non-immigrant status, you are required to report any change in address within ten days of the change. If you are a F-1 or J-1 student, you should update your address at BOTH and .

Career Planning Courses

Wayne State's Career Services Office is offering two free job and career skills courses:

UCS 0991 is a zero credit course that offers “S” and “U” grades in only six weeks. While ideal for freshmen and sophomores, it is open to all enrolled WSU students. It is designed to introduce career planning and allow students to explore their career interests and values, learn how their major relates to the world of work, and find more career choices. (UCS 0991 Flier)

UCS 0992 is also a free, zero credit course for “S” or “U” grades. It is also open to all currently enrolled WSU students, but it is particularly ideal for juniors and seniors that have declared their major and are looking to further their career planning with internships and other experiential learning. This 8 week course is designed to prepare students for professional work experience and will address critical job search skills such as resume marketing, interviewing and networking. (UCS 0992 Flier)

If you have questions or need more information please contact the Career Development area of the Career Services Office at 313-577-3390.

No More Forms In The OISS Office

Beginning August 2, 2010, OISS will no longer have forms available in the office. All student and scholar forms are downloadable and can be printed from the Forms menu at the left, or at

Part-Time I-20

If you are a Canadian Citizen on a part-time I-20 for Spring/Summer Semester, please remember to request a new part-time or full-time I-20 for Fall Semester during the first three weeks in August.

Cultural Diversity Council

The Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is a WSU student organization that plans social activities for international students. This is a great way to make new friends, learn about the campus and Detroit and have fun. This organization can be contacted at

Join the Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) members for sports, music and snacks. The aim of their Sports-Socials is to better join together international students with the rest of the campus, and ease the cultural adjustment. The CDC aims to provide an easy going atmosphere with sports, food, and music, that all can participate in, regardless of gender, nationality, athletic ability, or prior knowledge of a particular sport. The CDC is eager to meet you so make sure you contact them.

Question of the Month

I am a new F-1 student. Last Sunday, I entered the U.S. for the first time through Detroit Metro Airport. This morning I noticed that my I-94 card is valid untill "Dec. 31, 2011." Will this be a problem since my I-20 and my F-1 visa are valid untiil December 31, 2015?

Since you are an F-1 student, your I-94 card should be stamped "D/S", which means "duration of your status or study." D/S refers to the period that a student is pursuing a full-course of study, including optional practical training after completion of study, as long as the student has been otherwise maintaining F-1 status. Please come and see an OISS advisor with all of your immigration documents as soon as possible since we need to get it corrected soon.