ISSS-BU News 12 November 2012 ISSS-BU News

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Editor's Note: The United States is observing Veteran's Day today, Monday November 12. Post offices and banks are closed. Binghamton University classes are in session, and most offices are open.

Thanksgiving Day is coming next week. Classes will recess for the Thanksgiving Day holiday after 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 21. Classes will resume on Monday, November 26. All University offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. ISSS-BU News wishes all of our readers a pleasant Thanksgiving Holiday break! To learn more about the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, visit the following link:

If you are traveling, be certain that you have your passport, I-94 card and current SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with you, even for travel within New York State. This is essential in case you are asked to produce these documents by a police official. Failure to have such documents on your person can result in your being detained until the documents can be produced. Also, be sure to carry proof of health insurance with you.


  1. Open President's Forum on Personal Safety Monday, Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM
  2. Employment Walk-in Appointment Hours Cancelled for Wednesday, November 14
  3. This is International Education Week!
  4. Upcoming CDC Programs to Celebrate International Education Week
  5. Special Lectures and Presentations During International Education Week
  6. International Night "Binghamton's Got Talent" on Friday, November 16
  7. Diwali Celebration on Sunday, November 18th
  8. U.S. International Student Enrollment Continues to Grow
  9. Winter Session Registration Begins Monday, November 19
  10. Did You Remember to Print Your Health Insurance ID Card From the HTH Worldwide Website?
  11. December 1 is the Deadline for Fall 2012 Health Insurance Adjustments
  12. Paying Your Student Bill
  13. Internship Opportunities, Employment Authorizations and Resumes
  14. Taiwan Designated for U.S. Visa Waiver Program


1. Open President's Forum on Personal Safety Monday, Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

President Harvey Stenger invites the campus and community to attend the next president's forum — this one focused on personal safety — at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) Multipurpose Rooms. These forums are intended to generate discussion and productive conversations from a variety of viewpoints by providing an opportunity for students and the campus community to step back from their daily lives to learn from each other, share viewpoints, express common challenges and develop ways to deal with issues. The forums align with Stenger's Road Map process to develop strategies to make Binghamton University the premier public university of the 21st century. Stenger and the co-chairs of the Infrastructure Road Map team — Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Lawrence Roma, Vice Provost for Strategic and Fiscal Planning Michael McGoff and Vice President for Administration James Van Voorst —as well as student members of the Personal Safety Advisory Committee and University Police Chief Tim Faughnan will be at the forum. For more information, contact:

2. Employment Walk-in Appointment Hours Cancelled for Wednesday, November 14

ISSS employment walk-in appointment hours are cancelled for Wednesday, November 14 due to a scheduling conflict. If you need to meet with a member of the ISSS Employment team, please call or visit the ISSS to schedule an individual appointment for this week. Walk-in appointments resume on Wednesday, November 21.

3. This is International Education Week!

November 12-16 is International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of its efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Binghamton University is offering a variety of international events during International Education Week.
To view a schedule, visit

For more information on International Education Week activities n the United States, visit

The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGS), a volunteer group of faculty, staff and students devoted to internationalization, has created a LinkedIn group for students, alumni, faculty and staff to discuss international topics. To join the group, named B Global, visit It's a place to talk about international travel, study and work and more.

4. Upcoming CDC Programs to Celebrate International Education Week

The Career Development Center (CDC) is hosting three unique programs for students interested in globalizing their education, working abroad, or finding a job if you are an international student looking to work in the United States. The CDC programs are offered in conjunction with other Binghamton University campus-wide International Education Week activities (November 12 to 16). The specific CDC programs for International Education week are:

Articulating International Experiences on a Resume, Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 PM in UUW 324. Learn how to translate your international experiences to highlight transferable skills and global competency!

How to Find a Job with an International Focus, Thursday, November 15 at 4:30 PM in UUW 325. Are you interested in a career with an international focus but unsure how to approach your search? If so, join us to learn about some different types of international opportunities and how to begin your search for a job or internship in this field.

Finding Employers that Hire International Students, Friday, November 16 at 2:30 PM in UUW 324. Discover Going Global, an international career database and search for job listings and the employer directory, which contains thousands of company listings. Maximize your job search to target employers who have petitioned for visas for international employees in the past.

Please attend the CDC's as well as the other globally oriented events taking place during International Education Week (IEW). IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs) have compiled a list of IEW activities ranging from meals to lectures and career workshops. For more information about the IEW campus programs go to: Binghamton University - OIP: International Education Week.

5. Special Lectures and Presentations During International Education Week

Political Trends In Turkey
Voting for the Justice and Development Party: A New Predominant Party on the Rise?
A talk by Dr. Ali Carkoglu, Professor, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:30-7:00 pm UU 209 (Old University Union Room 209)

Professor Ali Carkoglu is currently a Professor of political science at the Koc University, Istanbul. He received his PhD at the State University of New York - Binghamton in 1994. He previously taught at Bogazici and Sabanci universities in Istanbul. His areas of research interest include voting behavior, public opinion and party politics in Turkey. He has taken part in teams of researchers conducting several surveys of public opinion on political Islam, philanthropy in Muslim countries, corruption, informality, attitudes towards EU membership and voting behavior in Turkey. He is on the editorial board of Turkish Studies and served as the Research Director at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) between 2000 and 2001. His publications appeared in the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Turkish Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey, South European Society and Politics, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Studies and in edited volumes. His most recent book co-authored with Ersin Kalaycioglu appeared from Palgrave: The Rising Tide of Conservatism in Turkey (2009).

Presented by Turkish Cultural Association (TURCA) and Binghamton Dorm Room Diplomacy Sponsored by Dual-Diploma Programs and Office of International Programs

Disability Rights Movement in Lebanon: a discussion with Raif N. Shwayri
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:00-10:30 am
Southern Tier Independence Center
135 East Frederick Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
RSVP to reserve your seat at (607) 724-2111

Raif N. Shwayri is the CEO of Al-Kafaat Foundation, having held various positions within the Foundation since 2001. Al-Kafaat was started in 1957 to serve the disabled and socially disadvantaged populations in Lebanon. Today, the Foundation serves over 5000 students daily within 7 different centers, focusing on education and social welfare of the Lebanese people. In addition, the foundation houses Al-Kafaat University (AKU)

The Arab Spring: a talk by Raif N. Shwayri
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:00-7:30 pm in Lecture Hall 14

Raif N. Shwayri, the CEO of Al-Kafaat Foundation in Lebanon and recipient of the 2012-13 SUNY John W. Ryan Fellowship, will speak about the role of education in developing stability in the Middle East and the history of Al-Kafaat Foundation, which has fostered change in Lebanon through accessible services and education for special needs students and the socially/economically disadvantaged.

6. International Night "Binghamton's Got Talent" on Friday, November 16

International Connection is hosting BU's very first international night, "Binghamton's Got Talent" on November 16, at 7:00pm in Old Union Hall as part of International Education Week.

There will be many different multicultural groups tabling and performing including Beijing Opera, International Flag Dance, Indian, Latin American, Irish dance, Korean drum and many more! Also, students from all over the world will bring their own cultural costumes and present a Cultural Fashion Show!

Come enjoy some cultural finger food and tabling activities, be proud of your own culture and celebrate BU's diversity! It will be a great opportunity for you to interact with people with different cultures and get some amazing experiences during International Education Week.

Tickets are on sale at $6 dollars, please stop by The Old Union Tillman lobby this week(information will be on B-line) or email if interested. Hope to see you there!

Co-sponsors: President's Office, International Student and Scholar Services, English as Second Language Program, Binghamton University Student Association, Multicultural Resource Center, Office of International Programs.

7. Diwali Celebration on Sunday, November 18th

Join the Indian Graduate Student Organization (IGSO) in their annual Diwali celebration!

Diwali is the biggest event that the IGSO organizes each year. It is called the festival of lights and celebrated all over India with a lot of enthusiasm and great fervor. We hope you can join us in this celebration.

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Entrance fee: 10$ (Includes vegetarian Indian dinner)
Venue: Mandela Room, University Union

We will be tabling in the Tillman Lobby on Tuesday Nov 13 from 12:00pm-4:00pm and Wednesday Nov 14 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

We will be accepting the entrance fee and will try our best to answer any questions about the event at the time. If these timings do not work out for you, please email

Jyotika Banerjee: or Rohit Bhosle:

8. U.S. International Student Enrollment Continues to Grow

Today, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released the latest edition of Open Doors, the annual census of international student and study abroad flows. The report provides information on international student enrollments and study abroad for the 2011-12 academic year (one year ago), based on a survey of nearly 3000 US colleges and universities.

Open Doors data shows that Binghamton University continues to be ranked among the top 100 U.S. institutions enrolling international students, based on Fall 2011 enrollment figures. Binghamton ranks 67 (out of nearly 1200 schools reporting).

In New York State, Binghamton ranks 8th (out of nearly than 120 schools reporting). The top ten schools in New York State that enroll international students are (in descending order); New York University, Columbia University, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Cornell University, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Syracuse University, The New School, Binghamton University (SUNY), Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

According to Open Doors, international student enrollment at US colleges and universities for Fall 2011 increased by almost 6% from the previous year, to 764,495. This is an enrollment record. There are more international students studying in the United States than any other country in the world.

Here are the "top ten" countries of origin of international students in the United States for 2011-12:

Rank Place of Origin 2010/11 2011/12 2011/12 % of Total % Change
  WORLD TOTAL 723,277 764,321



1 China 157,558 194,029 25.4 23.1
2 India 103,895 100,270 13.1 -3.5
3 South Korea 73,351 72,295 9.5 -1.4
4 Saudi Arabia 22,704 34,139 4.5 50.4
5 Canada 27,546 26,821 3.5 -2.6
6 Taiwan 24,818 23,250 3 -6.3
7 Japan 21,290 19,966 2.6 -6.2
8 Vietnam 14,888 15,572 2 4.6
9 Mexico 13,713 13,893 1.8 1.3
10 Turkey 12,184 11,973 1.6 -1.7

Here are the "top ten" U.S. schools that enrolled the most international students for 2011-12, listed with their international student enrollments:

Rank Institution City State Int'l Total
1 University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 9,269
2 University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 8,997
3 New York University New York NY 8,660
4 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette IN 8,563
5 Columbia University New York NY 8,024
6 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 6,703
7 Northeastern University Boston MA 6,486
8 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 6,382
9 Michigan State University East Lansing MI 6,209
10 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus OH 6,142

California hosted more international students than any other state (102,789) followed by New York (82,436), Texas (61,511), Massachusetts (41,258), Illinois (35,920) and Pennsylvania (33,398).

For more details on the latest Open Doors data, access:

Fall 2012 international student enrollment statistics for BU are being finalized now. We will announce that data in a future issue of ISSS-BU News.

9. Winter Session Registration Begins Monday, November 19 

Registration for the optional 2013 Winter Session begins next Monday, November 19, 2012 and continues through January 8, 2013. Winter Session offers the opportunity to take classroom and on-line courses for a maximum of 4 credits. Winter Session begins January 7, 2013 and ends January 25, 2013. For more information on Winter Session, visit To register for Winter Session courses, go to

10. Did You Remember to Print Your Health Insurance ID Card From the HTH Worldwide Website?

International students who have the SUNY international student health insurance program through HTH Worldwide, Inc., are reminded to be sure to print their Health Insurance ID card from the HTH Worldwide website: before departing for the Thanksgiving Holiday break! If you will be traveling, it is especially important to have your insurance ID card with you. If you have not already accessed the site, be sure to follow the instructions sent to your email account from HTH Worldwide in October.

Having difficulty going to the HTH website to print your ID card? These tips may help:

Print a copy of the email from

When setting up your HTH account on line at
*Enter your name as it appears in the email
*Enter the certificate number that appears in the email
*When entering your email address, use the email address which is where the HTH email message was sent

Still having problems printing your insurance ID card? The toll free number for assistance at HTH Worldwide is 1-888-350-2002. Or contact the International Health Insurance Team in the ISSS

All international students, except for those graduate students with TA, GA or RPA funding, are covered under this health insurance policy.

If you are a GSEU-funded F-1 student or Research Foundation funded F-1 student on employee-benefit insurance, contact the appropriate benefits office for information on obtaining your health insurance card.

Your fall health insurance covers you through January 14, 2013, which is when the Spring health insurance coverage begins. 

11. December 1 is the Deadline for Fall 2012 Health Insurance Adjustments 

Please note that there is a deadline for requesting a Health Insurance Waiver or adjustment. – International students requesting a waiver or adjustment of their international health insurance fee must do so by December 1, 2012 for the Fall 2012 semester. To file a waiver or adjustment request go to: Filing a request does not guarantee a wavier or adjustment. You must either be a graduate assistant (G.A.), Teaching Assistant (T.A) or Research Assistant (R.A.) funded through Binghamton University and enrolled in employee health insurance, OR meet the standards for comparable coverage outlined on the ISSS Health Insurance web page located through the above link.

If you have questions about the International Student Health Insurance, please contact the International Health Insurance Team at

12. Paying Your Student Bill

Binghamton University will generate monthly E-bill statements starting in January for those students who have registered for the Spring 2013 semester. Students will receive a monthly E-bill statement via their Binghamton University email account (issued around the 1st of the month) with a balance due and a due date if a balance remains from a prior month or if there is new activity on the account. PLEASE NOTE: It is important to review your QuikPAY account regularly.

If payment is not made in full by the due date on the E-bill statement, the account is subject to a $30 fee.

Students who have a balance on their account at the end of the 6th week of classes will have an Accounts Receivable hold placed on their record. If there is a hold on the student's record, he or she will not be permitted to participate in ANY registration activities (add or drops) or obtain transcripts until the balance is paid in full. Therefore, Spring term balances need to be paid by the end of March 2013 in order to participate in early registration for Fall 2013.

Student Accounts recommends that you check your account frequently by logging into BU Brain Find the "student tools" menu. Then click on "Student Accounts Menu." Click on the "QuikPAY-Web Payments" and re-enter your username and password. Questions? Visit the Student Accounts webpage at: visit the office in the Student Wing Room 117, call 607-777-2702 or send an email message to

13. Internship Opportunities, Employment Authorizations and Resumes 

International students in F-1 or J-1 status are reminded that off-campus internships and other off campus employment must be authorized before the employment can commence. This includes internships that are unpaid.

Many students list unpaid internships and other kinds of work experience on their resumes. If a U.S. company then offers you employment after graduation and files an immigration petition on your behalf (e.g. for H-1B status or for permanent residency), the attorney or human resources staff person handling the petition on behalf of the employer may ask you to show proof of work authorization for each work experience you have listed, to be sure that you have been in compliance with U.S. immigration law. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for you to be sure you have the appropriate employment authorization for each work experience you commence in the United States.

A request for authorization begins with a visit to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Most internships and other opportunities related to a student's field of study that take place prior to graduation are eligible for consideration under Curricular Practical Training (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students).

For a helpful overview of information that defines "employment" in the context of immigration regulations, you are encouraged to read:

 Information on both Curricular Practical Training and Academic Training are available in the ISSS, or by going to the ISSS web site and selecting "Employment." The direct link to the Curricular Practical Training information for F-1 students is

The direct link to the Academic Training information for J-1 students is

You may also view the ISSS webcasts on Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training. Both are available at:

14. Taiwan Designated for U.S. Visa Waiver Program

On October 2, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Taiwan in the Visa Waiver Program. Taiwan will join 36 other participants in the program which permits three month visa free entry into the United States as tourists for business, and/or tourism. In fiscal year 2011 the Visa Waiver Program accounted for 18.3 million visits to the United States which comprises more than 60 percent of entries for business or tourism. As with other visa waiver entrants, Taiwanese will be required to apply for advanced authorization through ESTA. The program commenced for entries as of November 1, 2012.

For more information, visit:


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