September 2010

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

Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fax: (313) 577-2962

Fall/Winter Office Hours
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

Helping Pakistan

Several WSU student groups are mobilizing to raise funds to help the millions of people impacted by the flooding in Pakistan. The WSU Pakistani Student Association (PSA) is planning a fundraiser to help raise funds to assist in the relief efforts. Full details of the fundraiser is forthcoming, in the meantime you can contact Harris Khan, President of the PSA at for information on how you can donate.

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 want to invite you and your association to join us in making this year’s Global Festival a success. This year, the booth rental is $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 at this link and submit it to OISS by September 10, 2010. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

International Education Week -
November 15-19, 2010

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 is an event designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain.

Please consider submitting a proposal for a session or event. OISS is accepting proposals now through October 8, 2010.

To submit a proposal, go to the International Education 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

Fall Office Hours

On August 17, 2010, the OISS office began fall office 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.

Change of Address

Remember, on your non-immigrant status, you are required to report any change in address within ten days to OISS. This helps us keep our records up-to-date and allows us to contact you successfully. You should update your address at BOTH and .

No More Forms In OISS

Beginning August 2, 2010, all OISS forms are on-line and will not be available in the office. All student and scholar forms are downloadable and can be printed from the Forms menu at the left of the OISS website, or at

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the activity center of The Towers Residential Suite, which is located on the 1st floor of that building. Enjoy a light lunch and coffee. This is a great opportunity to meet other international and domestic students as well as members of the community.


Do you want to go shopping and you don’t have a car? OISS can help! OISS is pleased to announce the Transportation and Recreation for International Participants (TRIP) Program. Each month, at no cost to you, OISS will provide a 15 passenger van for students or dependent(s) of students to go to a designated location such as the shopping mall, Meijer, or a fresh food market. The van will leave from parking lot #41 (located in front of structure #2) and return to DeRoy apartments. Interested students are required to sign-up on the OISS website to reserve a seat on the van.

Our next TRIP is September 25, 2010, to Wal-Mart. We will leave promptly at 9:00 am and return to the DeRoy Apartments at 12:00 pm. Please sign up at

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

Can I travel during my OPT?

As long as your OPT application is pending you can travel. However, if your OPT is approved and you have your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card, you must have a job to reenter the U.S. The port of entry will require you to have (1) an employment offer; (2) and an endorsed I-20 endorsed signed by an OISS advisor before traveling.