Dear international students,
On behalf of the staff from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), let me welcome you to fall semester 2014. The University of Delaware deeply values the presence of international students and scholars on campus and it is a privilege for our staff to assist you. Here are some reminders as we start the year:
We recommend that you regularly check your UD email and periodically check the OISS web site. OISS will be keeping you informed of important information about immigration and other issues. We do not want you to miss any critical new information.
A calendar of events for international students and scholars is available on the OISS website. Please visit http://www.udel.edu/oiss/about/events.html for more information on activities, sessions, and workshops happening this fall.
For the second year, OISS is co-sponsoring an essay contest about your experience as an international student at UD and in the U.S. Everyone has an interesting story. Tell us yours for a chance to win $750! Second prize: $500; third prize: $250. For more information, please visit: http://www.udel.edu/oiss/essay
OISS will be hosting this fun weekly social event again this semester over coffee, tea, delicious refreshments, live music and great conversation. Meet up with other new and return students and scholars, and learn about different cultures from around the world. Coffee hour kicks off on Friday, September 12 at 4 PM and will feature live music by our favorite local band, Eclectic Acoustic! http://www.udel.edu/oiss/coffee
Always make sure that your I-20 or DS-2019 form is current and valid. If your document will expire in the near future and you plan to continue your program beyond the end date, please extend it before the expiration date. Your immigration status will be at risk if you do not extend your document before it expires. More information available at: http://www.udel.edu/oiss/students/maintaining_your_status.html
Please make sure that you always have an updated local U.S. address in UDSIS: http://bit.ly/1eQeJXL. It is your responsibility to update your information within 10 days of the change.
Please make sure you are registered full-time in classes every semester (9 credits for graduate students, 6 credits for Graduate Assistants, 12 credits for undergraduates). If you need to drop below full time, you must complete a reduced course load form and obtain approval from OISS before September 9th. If you drop below full course load without authorization, your I-20 will be terminated. http://www.udel.edu/oiss/students/maintaining_your_status.html
Are you planning a trip outside of the U.S.? Please contact OISS to make sure that all your documents are in order and that you have the necessary signatures before you travel. ELI students must see an OISS adviser before any travel outside the U.S. You can read more about travel and re-entry at: http://www.udel.edu/oiss/students/travel_and_visas.html
OISS, like other offices on campus, will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day, a U.S. national holiday. Our office hours will resume as normal on Tuesday 9/02 at 8 AM. If you have an emergency during non-business hours, please call public safety at 911 or 302-831-2222. If your question does not require immediate attention, please e-mail OISS at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.
You can now follow OISS on social media for immediate updates on programming events and activities designed to help you succeed and adjust to life at UD! Check out our social media page: http://www.udel.edu/oiss/about/socialmedia.html
I invite you to contact OISS at any time we might be of assistance. Best wishes for a successful semester ahead.