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1 International Student Orientation University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Fall 2013

2 OIE Office Dempsey Hall (Second Floor)
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3 Office of International Education
Jenna Graff, Office of International Education Director Vicki Anderson, Front-line Advisor Amy Jacobson, Intensive English Language Coordinator Sarah Christensen, International Student Advisor Mary Reinke, Program Manager TBA, Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hoffman, National Student Exchange & Hessen Program Coordinator

4 Academic Calendar FALL SEMESTER 2013 Monday-Friday August 26-30
New International Student Orientation Week Monday September 2 LEGAL HOLIDAY – LABOR DAY Wednesday September 4 Begin 1st 7-week; 14-week term Tuesday October 22 End 1st 7-week term October 23 Begin 2nd 7-week term Wednesday – Sunday November 27 – December 1 Thanksgiving Recess Note: Recess begins after evening classes on November 26 December 2 Classes Resume Friday December 13 End 2nd 7-week; 14-week term Saturday December 14 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY Monday* January 6, 2014 Begin 3-week Interim January 20 LEGAL HOLIDAY – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – NO CLASSES January 24 End 3-week Interim; end of semester -- Official Graduation Date *Fall Interim: classes will meet on January 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; 13, 14, 15, 16, 17; 21, 22, 23, 24. Anytime you need to look at the calendar go to the uwosh.edu – calendars – choose your year

5 Contact and Telephone Information
Office of International Education TEL: +1 (920) FAX: +1 (920) WEBSITE: University Police (920) EMERGENCY (920) non-emergencies  Important Telephone Numbers  911 – General Nationwide Emergency Telephone - FREE CALL within the U.S. to call for an ambulance, fire truck, or police for a life threatening emergency.  0 – Operator  411 – General information on telephone numbers and addresses within your area code Country code

6 Student Services Email Check your campus email OFTEN!
UW Oshkosh Student Check your campus OFTEN! OIE will send out e-newsletters, announcements, and important information regularly – these are the most important s to read! Please see Sarah at a break if you have not already logged into your Titan Mail account.

7 Student Services Titan Card Campus ID 0123456 STUDENT • Meal plan card
 • University ID • Meal plan card • Library card • Free city bus pass • Access card for the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) • ATM and PIN based Debit Card (Optional U.S. Bank Account) • Door access card for some Residence Halls and computer labs • Sports pass for regular season Titan athletic events • Declining balance (debit) account for on campus purchases  The TitanCard is the official identification card for every student, faculty and staff member at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  It offers you a convenient, easy, and safe way to make purchases and utilize campus services.  Use your TitanCard as your only card, your key to campus living.  • University ID • Meal plan card • Declining balance (debit) account for on-campus purchases • Library card • Door access card for some Residence Halls and computer labs • Sports pass for regular season Titan athletic events • Access card for the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) • ATM and PIN based Debit Card (Optional U.S. Bank Account) For more information about the TitanCard, please contact Titan Central at Add other slide to this slide

8 Student Services Do I have to live on-campus?
You are required to live on campus if you are one of the following: Freshman student and/or sophomore students, who have not earned 60 or more credits as of the first day of classes. If you are not a veteran, married, or living with parent(s) or guardian. Exchange student

9 Student Services Off-Campus Housing
Some students prefer to live off campus, but you are responsible for finding this on your own. YOUR RESONSIBILITY AS A RENTER You are responsible for the following: Cleaning your own apartment/room Removing trash Recycling all necessary materials. Observe quiet hours after 10:00 PM by lowering the volume on radios, TV, audio equipment, and your voice. When you are looking for off-campus housing, keep the following in mind: What is the rental cost and how is it to be paid: per week, month, and semester? What is included in the price of rent? Utilities, electric, cable? Do I have to sign a contact or lease, if so, what does it obligate me to do? May I sublet while I am out of town or in other living quarters? May I allow another person to occupy my room or apartment to pay rent while I am away? Is this close enough to campus so that I can reach classes and the library in a reasonable length of time in the event I must walk? Will I have to room to myself or do I have to share it with someone else? Do I want to live with a large group of people, small group or alone? Does the landlord provide any furniture? What items will I need to supply myself? What services can I expect from my landlord? Who furnishes the water, heat and electricity? Will I live in this apartment a long enough time to make it worthwhile to rent or buy furniture? Be sure you understand the conditions of all leases and deposits you agree to pay. A lease is an outline of the conditions that you agree to abide by for a specific length of time. If you do not have a lease that specifies otherwise, one month’s notice is required, by law, to notify the landlord of your departure from the premises.

10 Student Services – Postal Services
On Campus Titan Central – serves as the United States Postal Service mail and shipping center 7:30am – 9pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30am – 8pm Friday 9am – 8pm Saturday 12pm – 9pm Sunday, except during University holidays Each dorm has mailboxes, one for each room, located near the front desk. Students will be given a key to their mailbox at check-in. Each student will be responsible for turning in the key at the end of the semester or year. If you receive a package and live on-campus, the front desk will put a notice in your mailbox and you can pick up your package by showing them your Titan ID. Jenna

11 Financial Information
IT IS NOT SAFE TO CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH. Deposit your money in a CHECKING ACCOUNT so that you may write checks or use a debit card as you need cash. UW Credit Union Bank on campus Titan Card will be connected for ATM withdrawals STATE SALES TAX In the state of Wisconsin, this is 5.0%. This is added to the purchase price of most articles; the tax IS NOT included on the price tag. Please note that counties or municipalities may add an extra tax to this in addition to the 5.0% state sales tax.

12 Financial Information: U.S. Currency
Coins Penny = 1¢ Nickel = 5¢ Dime = 10¢ Quarter = 25¢ 100¢ = $1.00 Currency Ten Dollar Note Alexander Hamilton Ten Dollar Note U.S. Treasury One Dollar Note George Washington One Dollar Note Great Seal of the United States Twenty Dollar Note Andrew Jackson Twenty Dollar Note The White House Page ____ Two Dollar Note Thomas Jefferson Two Dollar Note The Declaration of Independence Fifty Dollar Note Ulysses S. Grant Fifty Dollar Note U.S. Capitol Five Dollar Note Abraham Lincoln Five Dollar Note The Lincoln Memorial One Hundred Dollar Note Benjamin Franklin One Hundred Dollar Note Independence Hall

13 Employment

14 Employment On-Campus Employment
International students in valid F-1 or J-1 status are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on-campus while enrolled as full-time students. On-campus employment is not guaranteed. In order to work on campus, you will need a social security number.

15 Employment SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER Talk to Sarah if you get an on-campus job and need to get a Social Security Number. You CANNOT get a Social Security Number if you do not get a job. A social security number is issued by the United States government to aid in identification of a person for taxation, employment, etc. The student identification number which was issued to you by the University IS NOT A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER and should not be used as such. If you will be employed at UW Oshkosh, you are eligible for and must obtain a U.S. social security number. If you will not be employed on campus, you are not eligible for a social security number. You cannot apply for the social security number until you have proof of employment.

16  Employment SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
A social security number is issued by the United States government to aid in identification of a person for taxation, employment, etc. The student identification number which was issued to you by the University IS NOT A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER and should not be used as such. If you will be employed at UW Oshkosh, you are eligible for and must obtain a U.S. social security number. If you will not be employed on campus, you are not eligible for a social security number. You cannot apply for the social security number until you have proof of employment.

17 Off-Campus Employment
Curricular Practical Training (CPT): An F-1 student is eligible to engage in temporary employment, which is an integral or important part of his/her curriculum. Curricular practical training (CPT) may include internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum, which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. Eligibility for CPT: Student must have been in lawful status for at least one academic year. The work must be related to the major field of study and be an integral part of your college program Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Curricular practical training may be part-time or full-time. Part-time CPT, 20 hours per week or less, is not counted toward the one-year threshold at which a student loses eligibility for optional practical training. Students who have received one year or more of full-time curricular practical training are ineligible for optional practical training. An employer’s name must be specified on the employment authorization; therefore, students should arrange for the internship experience before requesting CPT. Authorization must be obtained before beginning CPT. To apply for CPT, please come to the Office of International Education, Dempsey Hall 146

18 Off-Campus Employment
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Talk to Sarah if you find an off-campus job related to your major after you have studied in the U.S. for one or more years. You will also need to: Complete a CPT Application form which needs to be signed by a faculty/academic advisor. Receive an Employment Letter from your supervisor with specific details about the job position. You must obtain written authorization from the Office of International Education before you begin work. UNATHORIZED EMPLOYMENT IS AN AUTOMATIC SEVIS TERMINATION, AND A RED FLAG IN THE SEVIS SYSTEM.

19 Off-Campus Employment
Optional Practical Training (OPT) An F-1 student may be eligible to engage in temporary employment for practical training in her/his field of study after completion of studies. The following conditions must be met to be eligible for OPT: Student must have been in lawful status for at least one full academic year Employment must be directly related to your major field of study and degree Application must be made within the period of 90 days before and 60 days following degree completion date Student must have a valid passport NOTE: Students apply for CPT while in school after they have received a job offer. Students apply for OPT in their last semester of school and do not need to have a job offer at the time of application.

20 Off-Campus Employment
CPT vs. OPT CPT: Students apply for CPT while in school after they have received a job offer in a field related to their course of study. CPT: The application process and update in SEVIS takes approximately two weeks. OPT: Students apply for OPT in their final semester of school and do not need to have a job offer at the time of application. OPT: The application process and update in SEVIS takes approximately two to three months. YOU MUST PLAN AHEAD!!!

21 US Immigration Regulations

22 SEVIS: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
SEVIS Questions & Answers   What is SEVIS? SEVIS is an internet-based system that allows schools and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to exchange data on the visa status of international students. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 or J-1 student's academic career and J-1 scholar's stay in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS. IN GENERAL TERMS: SEVIS is the immigration database that authorized employees can view and update your immigration record.

23 SEVIS: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
How does SEVIS work? UW Oshkosh admits an international student and creates an individual SEVIS record which generates an I-20 or DS-2019. The student visits the U.S. consulate/embassy abroad, and the visa officer confirms through SEVIS that the I-20 or DS-2019 is a valid document. A Department of Homeland Security officer at the airport reports in SEVIS that the student legally entered the U.S. The student reports to their International Student Advisor with proper documentation, and the school updates the SEVIS record. The International Student Advisor continues to update SEVIS as necessary throughout the student's academic career.

24 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations Maintaining Lawful Status
In order to maintain lawful F-1 and J-1 student status, you must:  Keep your passport valid at all times Attend the school you are authorized to attend Continue to pursue a full course of study (Audited classes do not count as earned hours.) Follow DHS procedures for moving from one educational level to another (i.e., from Bachelors to Masters), and for transferring from one school to another. Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week when school is in session. Refrain from off-campus employment without proper authorization.

25 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations Maintaining Lawful Status
Things to remember to keep you in status: You must be a full-time student every semester with the possible exception of your final semester. You may not attend other schools without proper authorization. You are responsible for the dates on your I-20/DS-2019 and to apply for a transfer or program extension in a timely manner. You are responsible to follow the employment regulations. You must report changes such as an address, name, major, etc. change within 10 days of the change to Sarah. . UW Oshkosh will help students with complying with immigration laws to keep student in lawful status. ISS will require mandatory orientation programs to all newly enrolled international students. The new rules and regulations will be thoroughly discussed and explained. ISS will offer individual orientation for all newly arrived international scholars. Informational Sessions will be offered throughout the semester for students and scholars who are currently on campus.

26 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations Maintaining Lawful Status
Full-time student Earn a minimum of hours each semester (except summer) 12 credit hours for Undergraduate Students 9 credit hours for Graduate Students without a Graduate Assistantship 6 credit hours for Graduate Students with a Graduate Assistantship You are allowed to be less than full-time in your final semester but need proper authorization. See Sarah for this document which needs to be signed by a faculty or academic advisor.

27 Possible Consequences
You will be out of status which means you must apply for reinstatement or leave the country. Denial of re-entry to the U.S. Inability to move from undergraduate to graduate status Denial of requests for practical training and denial of requests to change visa status Possible denial of all future visa applications

28 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations
Change in Level of Study If an F-1 student will be moving from one level of study to another at the same institution (i.e., from Bachelors to Masters) a new I-20 form is required. Admission processing, including issuing a new I-20, for graduate students is done by the Graduate School. Transfer of Schools After a student has completed the application process and been admitted to a new school, the student should contact the International Student Advisor about his/her intention to transfer. The student will need to provide a copy of the official admissions letter and complete a SEVIS Transfer Form.

29 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations
Visits Outside the U.S.:   If you plan a trip outside the U.S. and plan to return to the U.S. using your student visa, you must make sure that all of the necessary documents are in order. You will need: (a) A passport valid to cover the planned return date (b) A visa valid to cover the planned return (c) You must have a current travel signature by the International Advisor on your I-20 or DS-2019 form (every 6-9 months). Show third page of I-20 where endorsement occurs.

30 Basic U.S. Immigration Regulations
Recommended supporting documents when traveling abroad  UW Oshkosh unofficial transcript to verify school enrollment Financial documents You should especially bring these items if you are applying for a new visa. In many cases, you will need to obtain a visa to enter countries other than the U.S. You should contact the Embassy of the country you plan to visit as far in advance as possible. You may even need a special visa to transfer planes in some countries. The Office of International Education cannot help you plan personal trips or advise you on how to obtain visas to other countries. Travel Endorsements are generally good only if issued during the same term of enrollment at UW Oshkosh.

31 Using the ISS Website ANY QUESTIONS???


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