October 2010



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

Phone: (313) 577-3422

Fax: (313) 577-2962

www.oiss.wayne.edu

Fall/Winter Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Health Insurance Contact
Carol Kassab
Phone: (313) 577-3422
Email: ckassab@wayne.edu

Travel Information
Planning on traveling? Please see the OISS Travel Infomation page before making any arrangements.
Fall Office Hours

OISS' Fall hours are Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Advising Hours
Monday9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.




Are You Thinking About Dropping a Class? WAIT!!!!!

Please make sure if you need to drop below full time enrollment during the Fall 2010 term, you make an appointment with an OISS advisor or come to OISS during walk-in advising hours to discuss your plans before you withdraw. You should access our "Request for Exception to Full Time Enrollment" form on our website to determine if your situation meets one of the criteria listed on the form.

Although your professor may suggest a W, you should inform him/her a W will affect your immigration status as it will result in your falling below full time enrollment. We suggest that you get an “I” or another grade other than a W.

Falling below full-time enrollment without authorization from OISS will jeopardize your non-immigrant status.

Your Academic Advisor is responsible for your academic requirements, and an OISS Advisor is responsible for your immigration requirements. Although your Academic Advisor may advise you to drop a course, you should always talk to an OISS Advisor before you drop a course.





Are You Graduating in December? Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Now

If you are graduating this December, you should apply for OPT now. It takes about 2 to 3 months for processing. To apply for OPT, please complete the OPT application and see your academic advisor for recommendation. Finally, make an appointment to see an OISS advisor or visit during walk-in advising with the items listed on the OPT instruction page.



Important information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations state that curricular practical training (CPT) must be "an integral part of an established curriculum." They define curricular practical training as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f) (10) (i)

Additionally, DHS is clearly concerned about potential abuses of using CPT where the student has some choice in whether or not to pursue an academic route involving employment. In a memo, issued by the DHS (formerly INS) stated that such training can be classified as curricular practical training if the student receives course credit. "The training program must be listed in the school's course catalog with the assigned number of credits and the name of the faculty member teaching the course clearly indicated. There should also be a description of the course with the course objectives clearly defined. Students enrolled in such a course may work out the details of their specific projects within the established course objectives under the supervision of the instructor."






International Education Week
November 15 - 19, 2010
Get Involved & Submit a Proposal!!


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 sharing your culture, by presenting a session or providing an event.

OISS is now accepting proposals through October 25, 2010.

This year’s theme is "Paving the Way for Cultural Understanding".

To submit a proposal, go to the International Education Week website (www.internationalweek.wayne.edu) and 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 oissmail@wayne.edu

Student Organizations and Volunteers Needed for the Global Fashion Show



Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, October 20, 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.



TRIP

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, 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 in advance to hold their seat--the best part -- it’s FREE!

October TRIP will be to Wal-Mart on October 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Sign-ups are required at http://events.wayne.edu/2010/10/23/oiss-trip-26816/.



Cultural Diversity Council

The Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is a student group 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 group can be contacted at cdc@wayne.edu

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 transition from your home countries to Detroit. 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

QUESTION
Do I need to get a new CPT approval if I change my level from PhD to Masters?

ANSWER
Yes, if a student was granted CPT on one degree and they change to another degree, we need a new CPT recommendation form.