ISSS-BU News 06 January 2014 ISSS-BU News
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1. No International Coffee Hour in January
2. Important Caution to BU International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
3. Students Needing Waivers/Adjustments of International Health Insurance
4. Important Announcement Regarding International Health Insurance for Spring 2014
5. Campus Recreation Services invites you to enjoy their facilities free of charge from January 2 to 22!
6. Are You Assisting New Spring 2014 Students?
7. New International Student Orientation Begins Wednesday, January 22
8. Course Registration for Spring 2014
9. Graduating in May 2014? Planning to Register Less Than Full-Time?
There will be no International Coffee Hour in January. Instead, the regular International Coffee Hour schedule will resume Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30pm in Old Union Hall. Watch for the announcement in an upcoming edition of ISSS-BU News.
Most international students are aware that US federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken by F-1 visa holders, even if the classes are offered by Binghamton University. A full description of the rules can be found here on the ISSS website.
If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study in the final semester (and this includes Summer Session or Winter Session), it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course. If a student remains in the United States without reporting to any class, it becomes a security issue and cannot be allowed.
Students who take only a distance learning class in their final semester are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). This is because the distance learning course taken by itself, with no other physical presence courses, is a violation of F-1 regulations. Don’t less this happen to you! If you have questions, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org or set up an appointment with one of the advisors.
The International Health Insurance Team is now processing spring 2014 international health insurance fee waiver requests. If you are a non-funded student and believe you are eligible for a waiver of the international health insurance fee, please visit the Insurance Waver Requirements webpage. Funded graduate students’ waivers are automatically processed and do not need to fill out a waiver form.
Questions? Contact the International Health Insurance Team at email@example.com
International students whose health insurance is issued through HTH Worldwide, Inc have insurance ID cards with an expiry date of January 14, 2014. Spring Semester coverage for both new and continuing students starts on January 15, 2014. However, enrollment processing cannot begin until the first day of classes which is January 27, 2014 and most likely will not be completed until January 31st. Therefore, students that need to renew prescriptions and/or have appointments to receive medical services off campus during the two week period from January 15, 2014 through January 27, 2014 need to contact the International Health Insurance team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an early insurance enrollment in order to obtain their new insurance ID card in time for those medical services.
From January 2-22, 2014 current faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in all programming, including open rec, FitSpace and all fitness classes for free. A valid University ID will be required to access the building. A detailed listing of Rec Center hours and special classes and programs are available online at play.binghamton.edu.
New students are beginning to arrive to begin their studies for the Spring 2014 semester. If you are assisting a new student, be sure to bring them to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services so that ISSS can distribute its new student early arrival information. ISSS business hours through Friday, January 17 are 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. The ISSS returns to regular academic year office hours beginning Tuesday, January 21.
International Student Orientation activities begin Wednesday, January 22, and orientation packets will be distributed during orientation check-in, Wednesday January 22. The first event will start at 8:00am in the University Union Old Union Hall.
Detailed information on International Student Orientation will soon be available on line at: http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/orientation-1/index.html
The University’s registration system on BU Brain will be turned on for Spring 2014 course registration beginning Friday, January 24, 2014. The system will be available seven days a week until the evening of the course withdrawal deadline, which is March, 28, 2014. Course adds will be accepted until the deadline of Friday, February 7. The system will accept course drops and deletes until the course drop deadline, Friday, February 7. After that date, the system will allow for course withdrawals until the course withdrawal deadline of March 28. Please note that students who drop courses during the course withdrawal period will receive a grade of W.
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Classes for Spring 2014 is available on BU Brain.
The online schedule is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.
Students with outstanding debts to the University, and students who have not complied with University Health Service requirements will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain.
Registration Start Times and Classroom Assignments
Students are assigned starting times for spring registration according to their total cumulative credits, not including advance registration credits. Students can check their total cumulative credits by going to BU Brain.
You can view and print your schedule from BU Brain at any time. Student schedules will not be mailed. Please look online for your classroom assignments.
* Classroom assignments are subject to change. Assignments on BU Brain are the most
accurate and up to date.
Information on registration start times is available here.
Undergraduate students who will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 semester and plan to register for less than a full-time course load because they need fewer than full-time credits to graduate must complete a Request for a Reduced Course Load Due to Course Completion form.
Graduate students who are graduating at the end of Spring 2014 and are registered for a course rubric that cannot be certified as full time must also complete this form.
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