December 2010

  • Coffee Hour
    Dec. 15 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Residential Towers, Community Room

  • TRIP
    Dec. 18 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Wal-Mart and Target

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.
University Closure

Wayne State University will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2010 to Friday, December 31, 2010. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.

Departure Form Requirements for Graduates

This is a reminder if you are an F-1 student you must fill out an OISS Departure / Completion / Withdrawal form if you have completed your degree program at Wayne State University and will not apply for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please complete the departure form and make an appointment to see an advisor. This form will authorize OISS to complete your program in SEVIS.

Safety Tips

OISS cares for your safety, so here are a few safety tips we would like to share:
  • Don't walk alone at night or in isolated areas
  • Don't leave your properties (laptop computer, purse, books, etc.) without you or a friend watching them - even if you are in the busy library and leave to go to the restroom. NEVER LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP WITHOUT ATTENTION - EITHER YOU OR A TRUSTED FRIEND - NOT A STRANGER.
  • Report any suspicious activities to the University Police:
    • On-campus or within a two mile radius beyond the University always call 313-577-2222 or use the nearest blue light emergency toll-free telephone.
    • Off-campus and outside the two mile radius, call 911
    • If you are leaving the library or other campus business late at night and have to walk home or to your car, cll Public Safety and they will escort you to your residence or parking structure.
For more safety tips, please visit:

Visit OISS Prior to Traveling

OISS strongly recommends that you see an OISS advisor prior to traveling outside the U.S. The U.S. immigration regulations change constantly-- please be prepared before leaving!

Students who are in F and J status should make sure that his/her SEVIS status is active. SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, which is an electronic database that tracks students and scholars in F-1/F-2 and J-1/J-2 status. Just like any other computer systems, it has its quirks and problems. Thus, you might be in valid immigration status, but the SEVIS system screen may reflect something different, and cause you unnecessary problems when you re-enter the U.S.

Keep this in mind since the University will be closed during the holiday break.

Great Decisions Series

The World Affairs Council of Detroit (WACD) is 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: Immigration in the West: Political and Cultural Considerations

    December 9, 2010
    College of Engineering
    Hall of Fame Conference Room
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Refreshments will be served 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    While the birth rate in Europe among indigenous populations continues to stagnate or drop, an influx of immigrants continues from Eastern Europe, Africa and South Asia. In the United States, immigrants from South and Central America arrive both legally and as undocumented aliens. Western nations are embroiled in debates about the effects of immigration and integration on cultural and social dimensions, while conceding the need for new sources of labor. How will immigration change the West?

  • Great Decisions: After Kyoto

    December 16, 2010
    College of Engineering
    Hall of Fame Conference Room
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Refreshments will be served 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Climate change and carbon footprints are a common part of public discussion today, especially with the unpredictable price of oil and the search for alternate fuel sources. The United States is reengaging in the international debate a decade after retreating from the Kyoto Accords.

Noel Night

The 38th annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 4th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Midtown (the WSU area). Over 40 places, like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, open their doors to the public FREE of charge during this holiday "open house." Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 70 area music, theatre, and dance groups. For more details, please visit:

Third Thursdays in Midtown

Join the retail and restaurant businesses along West Willis & Canfield Street in the North Cass Neighborhood this month to celebrate local art, food, design, fashion, health & more! Dozens of Detroit's shops, galleries & eateries will offer extended hours, special sales, exhibit openings, book signings, live music, artisanal food & more.

Date: December 16, 2010
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Participating businesses include:

For a map and more information visit:

Things to do During the Holiday Break

Avedon at the Detroit Institute of Arts -- The study of Richard Avedon's fashion photography is only at the DIA until January 17. The remarkable collection of 50 years worth of photos includes iconic, vintage pictures from the Avedon Estate. Don't miss this one.

Shopping at Detroit Artists Market -- The DAM gallery is great year round. But the winter holidays are the best time of year to get the whole DAM shopping experience, because so many artists -- 120 -- have work to sell. The holiday offerings include jewelry, glass, metal, ceramic, photography, accessories, paintings, drawings, sculpture, books, cards, framed prints, and more. A lot of it is crazy affordable and certain editors of certain online magazines love the jewelry counter, especially. During December, DAM is open on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m., in addition to the usual gallery hours (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday). Detroit Artists Market is at 4719 Woodward Ave.

Holiday treats from Avalon International Breads -- The Midtown bakers roll out some awesome goodies this time of year: molasses crinkles, Chene Ferry chocolate cherry cookies, brown sugar-pecan shortbread, peppermint patty brownies, frosted gingerbread cake, and vegan chocolate/mint snack cake. They will be doing sampling, taking orders for gift baskets (feel free to send me one) and offering dough-saving promotions all day. Tip: If they have the sea salt chocolate chip cookies, you need one or a dozen of them, too. Avalon is at 422 W. Willis in Midtown. 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Call (313) 832-0008.

Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, December 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, 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. This is a free service.

December TRIP will be to Wal-Mart and Target on December 18, 2010 from 9:00 AM until Noon. You must sign up in advance in order to attend. Please access the following link to make your reservation

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 am planning to travel outside of the U.S. for the holiday break, what documents will I need to reenter?

  1. Foreign passport, valid 6 months beyond the date you are returning.
  2. Valid I-20 with a travel signature less than a year old on the third page.
  3. Valid U.S. Visa