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1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

2. Transition to GeoBlue International Health Insurance

3. International Spouse Program ESL Classes

4. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted

5. MRC Culture Fair

6. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, September 2

7. Together: International Student Support Group

8. International Student Career Success Boot Camp

9. Study Abroad Fair!

10. Save the Date: Res Life/ISSS campfire event

11. Language Resource Specialist Needed for Fall 2016

12. ESL Conversation Pairs Application Now Available


1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours:

The office of International Student and Scholar Services holds walk-in advising hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:

The ISSS will be unavailable Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.  Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

2. Transition to GeoBlue International Health Insurance

The health insurance enrollment process for Fall 2016 has begun and will continue through the week of September 12, 2016. If you are a returning Binghamton University international student please be advised that the name of the health insurance company has changed from HTH Worldwide Insurance to GeoBlue International Insurance. Your new ID card will reflect the name change and the changes in contact information. After your enrollment is complete their new website is available to you at  When your enrollment is processed by GeoBlue you will send an email to your Binghamton E-mail account instructing you to access their website. It should be from  From there you can print your insurance ID card and access many other services.

3. International Spouse Program ESL Classes

The International Spouse Program (ISP) is for spouses of Binghamton University international students. The ISP offers its members free, weekly ESL instruction. The ISP provides an excellent opportunity to practice English, to learn about day-to-day living in the U.S, to become involved in community activities, to socialize with other spouses, and to learn from each other’s experiences.  Please contact Myriam Stanton or click here for additional information.

4. International Student Grant-in-Aid Applications Now Being Accepted

Each semester a small number of financial awards (up to $500) are available to international students who have experienced a severe and unexpected financial need. To be eligible, students must be in F-1 or J-1 status, registered in a full-time program of study, have been in attendance at Binghamton University for at least one continuous year, and must be able to substantially document the events that have taken place which resulted in their unanticipated financial hardship (For example: Extreme unexpected loss in income, unexpected increase in expenditures beyond that which all students are facing, or both, due to circumstances beyond the student’s control).

Applicants are strongly advised to carefully document their financial situation when submitting the application form, being sure to include all supporting documents with their Grant in Aid application upon submission.  Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review.

Students with outstanding balances in their student account at the University should note that, based on Binghamton University policy, any monetary award will first be applied toward the balance on their student bill. Applications are available now online and must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on Friday, September 30, 2016.  Please click here to access the application.  Please note that paper applications will not be accepted.

5. MRC Culture Fair

Please join the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) for their fifth annual MRC Culture Fair!  This event will be held on today, Thursday, September 1 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Mandela Room.  Participants can learn about different cultural student organizations.  All students are welcome!   Please click here for more information.

6. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, September 2

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, September 2, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. September 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.

7. 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 every Tuesday; our next meeting is Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended.  If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

8. International Student Career Success Boot Camp

This Fall the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development will offer a week of programs to assist international students with professional development.  As attendance is not required at all events, you are invited to participate in the programs that interest you. All programs will be located in UU133A.

Monday, September 12

*12:00pm: Creating a US-Style Resume

*1:15pm: Interviewing in the US

Tuesday, September 13

*12:00pm: Finding Employers Who Hire International Students

*1:15pm: How to get your CPT ASAP (Space is limited. To attend, register by clicking here.)

Wednesday, September 14

*1:15pm: Networking for International Students

Thursday, September 15

12:00pm: Employer Expectations for International Students in the U.S. Job Market

1:15pm: Following-Up with Employment Leads

Friday, September 16

12:00pm: Cool Connections, Hot Alumni Program, International Alumni (Registration Required: Please RSVP for this program in hireBING (log in to hireBING, click on Calendar, choose September 16, click on event title and RSVP).

9. Study Abroad Fair!

Although you are already studying abroad, international students are also invited to participate in additional study abroad programs! This is your chance to get all of your questions answered about Binghamton and SUNY programs by talking with Binghamton staff, SUNY staff and students with experience studying abroad! Come find the program that's right for you. And get there early, there will be free giveaways at the door while supplies last!  The Study Abroad Fair is Tuesday, September 13 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Old Union Hall and the Mandela Room.

10. Save the Date: Res Life/ISSS campfire event

Residential Life and ISSS will host a campfire event at the Newing fire pit behind the C4 Dining Hall. Students will make the traditional American campfire dessert: s'mores by placing a roasted marshmallow on a graham cracker sandwich with chocolate.  New students, continuing students, international students, domestic students, faculty and staff are welcome to join in the fun! All are welcome!

Please register to participate in this event via B-Engaged. This will assist staff in knowing the program's estimated participation rate. Access the B-Engaged event webpage here. Register by clicking the blue button on the right side of this B-Engaged event webpage (where it says "RSVP to event”). 

Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, at ISSS programming coordinator.

11. Language Resource Specialist Needed for Fall 2016

The Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program is now accepting applications for the position of Language Resource Specialist (LRS) for Fall 2016 who speak Spanish, Korean, Russian, French, Hebrew, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, and a host of other languages. 

Based on work with LxC staff, instructors and other LRS colleagues, LRSs design a syllabus for the Languages Across the Curriculum study group and research and prepare reading assignments. LRSs lead discussions of these assignments in the study groups and evaluate students' performance.  LRSs are expected to meet weekly for mandatory LxC staff training.  The ideal candidate will have previous teaching experience, strong analytical and critical thinking skills; be eager to develop pedagogical skills that foster a globalized understanding of the world, have very strong English language skills and native or near-native proficiency in one or more other languages. 

Additional details, as well as the application, can be found hereQuestions?  Contact Hwa Yeong Wang, LxC Program Assistant.

12. ESL Conversation Pairs Application Now Available

If you’re like many Binghamton University ESL students, you may find that, you have few opportunities outside of class to hear English being spoken and to speak it yourself. This lack of opportunities to practice English may slow down your learning of the language and perhaps prevent you from doing your best work in your courses. If you would like to practice your English, consider the English Conversation Pairs Program.

In this program, a native English speaker and a non-native English speaker will join to form a conversation pair. Each pair will meet together approximately once a week.

There will be one organizational meeting Thursday, September 15 at 4:45pm in UU 108 (University Union, Room 108), where you will meet your partner. After that, each pair will decide when and where they will meet. Please click here to complete an applicationPlease note that applications are due by Monday, September 12, 2016!  If you have any questions about this survey please contact the English Conversation Pairs Director, Trena Haffenden.


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Last Updated: 10/4/16