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  1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
  2. New International Student Orientation Information
  3. Soccer Day 2017
  4. Ice Skating with the ISSS
  5. International Student Career Success Boot Camp
  6. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests
  7. Health Insurance Enrollment for Spring 2017 Semester
  8. Important Caution to International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
  9. Graduating in May 2017? Planning to Register Less Than Full-Time?


1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours & Updates:

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 be advised that ISSS advising walk-in hours are cancelled for Wednesday, January 11, 2017. ISSS walk-in hours will resume as scheduled on Thursday, January 12. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:

The ISSS will be unavailable on Wednesday, January 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm due to an Orientation related function.  On Monday, January 16 the ISSS office will be unavailable for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

2. New International Student Orientation Information

New students are beginning to arrive to begin their studies for the Spring 2017 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.

International Student Orientation activities begin Wednesday, January 11.  The first event will start at 8:00am in the University Union, Tillman Lobby. Additional information on International Student Orientation schedule is available here.

3. Soccer Day 2017

Are you staying in Binghamton over winter break? Arriving back to campus early? Looking for something fun to do? Then you are invited to participate in International Student and Scholar Services' Soccer Day 2017, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the West Gym!  All are welcome!   Use this form to register a whole team or as a Free Agent. If you register as a free agent, we'll place you on a team with other free agents.  All teams and free agents must register by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

4. Ice Skating with the ISSS

Want to take advantage of the cold and do something fun before classes start?  Then join us for an afternoon of ice skating! All students and all skate levels are welcome to participate! The ISSS will provide students with transportation to and from the SUNY Broome Ice Center. All students should meet at the University Union Bus Stop by 11:30am.  The bus will depart promptly at 11:35am.  Participants must bring their student ID card and $12 (admission + skate rental). Please note that the return bus will promptly depart the SUNY Broome Ice Center at 2:05pm.

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, which says: RSVP to event.)  Access the B-Engaged event webpage here.

5. International Student Career Success Boot Camp

You are invited to participate in a series of programs designed  to specifically assist international students with professional development held right before the Job and Internship Fair (February 2, 2017).  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, January 23 at 12:00pm: Creating a US-Style Resume
Tuesday, January 24 at 12:00pm: Interviewing for International Students
Wednesday, January 25 at 12:00pm: Networking for International Students
Thursday, January 26 at 12:00pm: How to Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair
Friday, January 27 at 12:00pm: Cool Connections, Hot Alumni Program, International Alumni speaker
Monday, January 30 at 12:00pm: Accelerate Your Career - Learn What Employers Want
Monday, January 30 at 1:00pm: How to get your CPT as soon as possible, register to participate here
Tuesday, January 31 at 12:00pm: Finding Employers That Hire International Students

Programs Coordinated by: Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Services, the office of International Student and Scholar Services, School of Management Career Service, & Watson Career and Alumni Connections

6. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests

The International Health Insurance Team is now accepting requests from those that believe they meet the requirements for an international health insurance fee waiver. In order to qualify for a waiver of the fee you must:

*** Meet ALL of the requirements found here.
*** Complete and submit a request for Waiver E-Form. Follow the link for the E-Form instructions also found here.
*** Please note that a submission does not guarantee approval.  A full review of your policy must be conducted to ensure compliance.

Approved waivers are valid for one semester only. Every semester a new request must be submitted.  The deadline for submission of a waiver request is February 15, 2017. No exceptions are granted.

7. Health Insurance Enrollment for Spring 2017 Semester

Enrollment into the GeoBlue International Health Insurance plan will take place automatically early in the Spring 2017 semester. The exact date has not yet been determined. If you currently hold a GeoBlue international insurance policy from Fall 2016 your current expiration date is noted on the insurance card. For most students that date is January 14, 2017. Students who have an immediate need for their insurance card upon return to campus for the following Spring semester, (for example, to fill a medical prescription), may request an ‘early enrollment’ from the ISSS Insurance Team at Please indicate the reason you need your insurance card prior to mass distribution in your email.

8. Important Caution to 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 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.

Students who take only a distance learning class in their final semester are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).  If you have questions, send an email message to or visit ISSS during walk-in advising hours.

9. Graduating in May 2017? Planning to Register Less Than Full-Time?

Undergraduate students who will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 and are registered for a course rubric that cannot be certified as full time must also complete this form.


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Last Updated: 11/15/17