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  1. Together: International Student Support Group
  2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, April 7
  3. First Friday Photo Exhibition: Landscape Inspiration
  4. Workshop: Visas after Graduation
  5. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2017 International Student Orientation
  6. Flying and Laptops
  7. Spring Break Dining Schedule
  8. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
  9. Are you thinking of applying for Optional Practical Training?
  10. Global Studies Minor Available for Undergraduates


1. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: University Union, visit B-Engaged for the full schedule of locations

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 today, April 4 in UU 121 (University Union, Room 121). Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

2. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, April 7

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 7, in UDC 220AB (University Downtown Center, Rooms 220A and 220B). This month's sponsor is the College of Community and Public Affairs.  April Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students. There will be games, coloring, interactive activities and complimentary coffee and snacks!  All are welcome! 

Registration is not required to attend; however, those who register will receive a reminder email. To register, click on the blue button, on the right side of the B-Engaged event webpage, which says: RSVP to event. Access the B-Engaged event webpage here.  For questions, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

3. First Friday Photo Exhibition: Landscape Inspiration

Binghamton University students share landscape photographs that capture their inspiration in Binghamton and abroad. This event will be held Friday, April 7 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the UDC Atrium.  Viewers will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photos, meet some of the students to hear the story behind their inspiration, and enjoy light refreshments.  All are welcome to visit this exhibit!  Additional information can be found on the Facebook event.  For questions, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

4. Workshop: Visas after Graduation

Hilary Fraser, a partner at Miller Mayer LLP, will give a summary of immigration options for international students after graduation. Fraser has practiced immigration law at Miller Mayer since 1991. She represents EB-5 families, physicians, engineers, teachers and other highly-trained professionals as well as hospitals, colleges, IT companies and religious organizations in pursuit of work authorizations and other immigration benefits.

Note that space is limited. To attend, register on B-Engaged. You can register by clicking the blue button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says: RSVP to event.  Click here to register.

Questions? Contact International Student and Scholar Services at 607-777-2510 or

5. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2017 International Student Orientation

Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and Cross-Culture Training experience to your resume? Then, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer! All international and domestic students are welcome!! Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 2-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program: help new students feel comfortable in a new environment (networking), meet students’ needs, share important information, learn about U.S. & foreign culture, and build trust and make new friends.

During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at check-in, welcome them during the introductory meeting, participate in group events, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. International Student Graduate Orientation is Wednesday, August 16.  International Student Undergraduate Orientation is Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18.

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please click here to complete the application formPlease note that your application must be submitted by April 23, 2017. Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS Programming Coordinator, at

6. Flying and Laptops

For ease of travel, we would like to remind students that in late March the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a ban on carry-on electronic devices for passengers on nonstop flights originating from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.  Additional information can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.

7. Spring Break Dining Schedule

Spring Break is April 8 to April 17.  On-campus dining hours of operation will vary during this time.  Please review the dining schedule here and plan ahead.

8. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

This is the time of year that many international students in F-1 status apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is the authorization required for any paid or unpaid internship. Planning is very important to making a successful CPT application.

Your application needs to be complete before you submit it to the ISSS office in order to avoid unnecessary delays. There are three essential elements to a successful CPT application:

1. Unless the internship is a degree completion requirement for all students in your academic program, a minimum of 1 credit of your full-time registration during the CPT period must be related to your employment. This includes Winter and Summer Terms, as well as Spring and Fall semesters.

2. The Advisor's Recommendation Form for Curricular Practical Training must be completed. Be sure your advisor has signed your form and filled out the required "Remarks" section of the form.

3. You must submit an offer letter from the employer that gives the start and end date of the proposed CPT, the number of hours to be worked each week and a brief description of the duties of the position. An actual signature from your employer or supervisor must also be included on the offer letter.

Processing of a CPT cannot begin until all the necessary parts of the application are received. Applications that are incomplete can take more than 7-10 business days to process because staff will need to wait until you submit the missing information. You can avoid unnecessary delays by planning ahead and submitting a complete application.

If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization contact us at

9. Are you thinking of applying for Optional Practical Training? 

Optional Practical Training is an employment authorization for international students in F-1 status. This authorization is the one that authorizes employment in a job related to your academic major after graduation. You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT.

Your OPT application is processed in two steps:

*Step 1: You Submit the Academic Advisor’s Recommendation Form to ISSS Office and we prepare an I-20 for OPT for you. This step in the process takes 7-10 working days. We will email you when your I-20 for OPT is ready.

*Step 2: After you receive your I-20 for OPT, mail your OPT application to USCIS. If your application is approved, USCIS issues an EAD card that authorizes employment under OPT. This step in the process takes 10-12 weeks.

If you are thinking of applying for OPT and are not sure what to do, you will want to review the information and guidance on our website. Visit the links below:

How to apply for OPT

Choosing a start date for OPT

Kinds of Employment Allowed during OPT

Deadlines for Applying for OPT

Arranging Health Insurance While on OPT

10. Global Studies Minor Available for Undergraduates

Are you an undergraduate international student? Do you want to gain a competitive edge for your career?  Do you want to learn more about U.S. culture?  If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you should visit the Global Studies Minor website to learn more! It's a great opportunity to enhance your degree and to sharpen your professional skills.  As an international student you already meet one of the main requirements for the minor: overseas study. You may have even fulfilled other requirements as well. Contact us to find out. Set up a brief advising appointment by emailing  Don't miss this opportunity to capitalize on your international experience!


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Last Updated: 4/4/17