November 2010

  • Coffee Hour
    Nov. 3 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • International Education Week
    Nov. 15 - 19
    Various Locations Around Campus

  • Coffee Hour
    Nov. 17 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • TRIP
    Nov. 20 - 9:00am to Noon
    Meijer & Super K-Mart

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 - Thursday
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

Travel Information
Planning on traveling? Please see the OISS Travel Infomation page before making any arrangements.
Get Ready For 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.

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

This full week of activities is designed to educate, enlighten, and entertain anyone who participates. Last year's events included a Global Fashion Show, a "lecture on Comprehensive Immigration Reform," a forum on "WSU-Campus Community Partnership for Global Engagement," International Poster Contest and more.

International Education Week website

Student Organizations and Volunteers Needed for the Cultural and Global Fashion Show

We would like to invite you and your organization to join us in making this year's International Education Week a success by participating in any performance (cultural dancer, singer, musician, fashion show model, etc.), or just simply volunteering your time to help ensure the event's success. If you are interested in participating please email Alecia Duncan at

Reminder to Canadian Citizens

This is a reminder that you MUST make a decision prior to the official university drop/add period if you will be full time or part time. You cannot request a part-time I-20 after the drop/add period to accommodate an unauthorized drop below full time as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS regulations state a student who is less than full time without prior authorization is automatically out of status. Please make sure you comply with the enrollment requirements and make any adjustments prior to the official drop add period which is normally around the third week of the semester.

Although Canadian citizens are allowed to enter the U.S. without a passport or a non-immigrant visa, you are still F-1 students (with Form I-20 and I-94 card) and should comply with F-1 immigration regulations. Thus, please consult with an OISS advisor in advance, in addition to your academic advisor and/or an advisor from the University Advising Center, prior to dropping a class(es), changing majors, withdrawing from school, etc.

Remember what might be permitted under the University policy might NOT be permitted per U.S. immigration laws since you are not U.S. citizens.

So, make it a point to communicate with an OISS advisor so that we can help you maintaining your F-1 status!

Special Note to Part-Time Commuting Canadians

As you know, your Form I-20 is valid only for one semester. Thus, if you plan to continue your studies in the following semester, you have to obtain a new I-20 from OISS prior to the beginning of the semester. When requesting a new Form I-20, you will be required to present OISS with a recent financial bank statement which is less than six months old. Finally, each new I-20 must be stamped and processed by an immigration inspector at the border, and during that time, you will be issued a new I-94 card. Please let OISS review and copy those documents as soon as you obtain them so that we can properly inform the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

Great Decisions Series

The World Affairs Council of Detroit (WACD) will be hosting the following Great Decision Series events. The WACD promotes the understanding of international issues and Southeast Michigan's role in a changing world by providing a non-partisan, nation-wide forum for discussion, analysis and debate. WACD seeks to enrich, educate and spur long-term economic development in our region and to provide new ideas and cultural perspectives in regards to various issues.

Upcoming Events:

  • Great Decisions: Latin America
    November 4, 2010
  • Great Decisions: Iran and the Broader Middle East
    November 11, 2010
  • Great Decisions: India
    November 18, 2010

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.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, November 3 and 17, 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, 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!

November TRIP will be to Meijer and Super K-Mart on November 20, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Sign-ups are required at:

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

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

I will travel to Miami, Florida in a few weeks. Do I need to get a travel signature on my I-20 from OISS?

No. A travel signature is not required when you are traveling within the United States. The signature is only necessary for re-entry into the U.S. However, OISS strongly recommends that you carry all of your original documents when you travel within the United States. Your original documents should include your passport, I-94 card, and I-20. As a reminder, you will need a travel signature for re-entry from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. Please make an appointment to see an OISS advisor for more information.