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  1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 4
  2. Together: International Student Support Group
  3. Workshop: How to receive your CPT as soon as possible, November 10
  4. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation, November 14
  5. Binghamton’s Got Talent, November 18
  6. University Offices will be Unavailable November 24 and 25
  7. Graduating in December? Planning to Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Now is the Time!
  8. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
  9. Binghamton in the City Week 2017


1. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, November 4

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, November 4, in the Mandela Room. This month's sponsor is the Graduate School. November Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students.

International Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are usually held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month during the academic year. All are welcome!

If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

2. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: ISSS Conference room, LSG 552 (Ground floor of Bartle Library building)

Hello international students at Binghamton University! You are warmly invited to the Together: International Student Support Group. You will meet fellow international students. Together aims to promote international students’ social interaction and sense of belonging as well as academic success. You can practice and enhance your English skills. We will meet most Tuesdays; our next meeting is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended.  If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

3. Workshop: How to receive your CPT as soon as possible, November 10

You are cordially invited to join the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and staff from the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development to learn about CPT!

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an off-campus employment authorization for international students in F-1 status. It allows students to do an internship, or have other temporary employment, for experience that is directly related to their program of study. Come to this workshop to learn the regulations governing CPT and when it can be used. You will also learn what you need to do to submit a successful application!

Note that space is limited. To attend, register on B-Engaged. (Click on the blue button, on the right side of the B-Engaged event webpage, that says: RSVP to event.)  Access the B-Engaged event webpage here.  Questions? Contact the ISSS at

4. Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation, November 14

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Join ISSS staff, campus clubs, and various university departments for Going Global with Coffee, Culture and Conversation (a special edition of International Coffee Hour) on Monday, November 14 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Mandela Room.  This event will celebrate International Education Week, promote cross-cultural communication, and encourage the sharing and learning of different cultures!  All are welcome!  If you have any questions, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

5. Binghamton’s Got Talent, November 18

International Connection’s biggest event of the year, Binghamton’s Got Talent, will be held Friday, November 18 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Mandela Room.  The event will feature international cuisines, and performances by cultural groups, as well as talented individuals. All are welcome to join International Connection for a fun night!  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  Early bird tickets will be on sale Wednesday, November 9 from noon to 4pm in The Marketplace.  Questions?  Contact International Connection at:

6. University Offices will be Unavailable November 24 and 25

Classes will recess for the Thanksgiving Day holiday after 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 23. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.  ISSS Walk-In hours will be canceled for Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24 (the ISSS does not hold walk-in advising on Fridays).  All University offices, including the ISSS, will be unavailable Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.  ISSS voicemail and email will be monitored during the holiday. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.  Have a great break!

7. Graduating in December? Planning to Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Now is the Time!

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in December 2016, and plan to apply for OPT, are reminded that it can take as long as three months to obtain the Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  OPT Employment cannot begin until you receive your EAD card. 

If you plan to apply for OPT, you should submit your paperwork as soon as possible.  Instructions on how to apply for OPT can be found here.  If you are unsure of what OPT start date you should pick, click here for further guidance.  

Questions about your OPT application?  Do you want your application materials reviewed?  Email your questions to or meet with an advisor during the ISSS Advising Walk-In Hours: Monday and Tuesday Mornings: 10-11:45am and Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons: 1:30-3:30pm.

8. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses

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.

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.

In the past, students who took only a distance learning class in their final semester discovered that they 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 let this happen to you! If you have questions, send an email message to or come to advising walk in hours.

9. Binghamton in the City Week 2017

Join us for Binghamton in the City Week 2017; January 9-13! In addition to Employer Site Visits, this week of programming will feature multiple events such as Ice Skating in Bryant Park and Metro Connections Night. Additional information on all scheduled events, as well as registration information can be found here. New this year, we are featuring a bus from Binghamton's Campus to New York!   You must pre-register for all events you wish to attend.


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Last Updated: 11/2/16