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1. Guided Hike of the Nature Preserve, June 22

2. Summer at the Rec Center

3. Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2017

4. OPT Application Process for Summer 2017 Graduates

5. Reminder of ISSS Availability


1. Guided Hike of the Nature Preserve, June 22


Dylan Horvath, steward of natural areas, will lead a 90-minute guided hike in the Nature Preserve Thursday, June 22! ISSS staff will also be present for the fun! This is a great way to make new friends, enjoy the beautiful weather and learn about the Nature Preserve! All are welcome!


All students should meet at the University Union bus stop at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22. ISSS staff will walk with you to the Nature Preserve where you will meet Horvath.  Remember to wear sneakers and appropriate hiking clothes and to bring sunscreen and water!


To ensure we have enough staff to implement this program, we request that all participants 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.  Questions? Contact Linda Torricelli, international student and scholar programming coordinator, at


2. Summer at the Rec Center


Campus Recreation's summer schedule is now posted online. The Rec Center is also offering free summer activities for current faculty, staff and students.


3. Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2017


The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2017, you must do two things:

    *You must be registered for the Summer.  If you are not registered full-time, you must submit a Reduced Course Load Due to Completion of Study form to the ISSS office.

     *You must file a "Graduate Application for Degree" if you are a graduate student, or an "Application for Degree", if you are an undergraduate student. Both of these forms are available on BU Brain. Once you are signed in, press the "Student Tab" and scroll down until you see the forms.


Failure to take care of both steps may have negative consequences for your immigration status if you are an F-1 or J-1 student and have a SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with a summer completion date.


4. OPT Application Process for Summer 2017 Graduates


Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment authorization for international students in F-1 status. OPT allows you to work in a job related to your academic major after graduation. You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT.


If you are graduating this Summer 2017 semester, you can apply now for OPT. You may pick an OPT start date between August 19, 2017 and October 17, 2017. It takes 3 months to receive an EAD card so please keep this in mind when picking your start date. Visit choosing a start date for OPT to learn more about picking your OPT start date.


To learn how to apply for OPT, please visit the Student Checklist: Applying for Optional Practical Training.


If you still have questions after reading the above information, please visit ISSS Walk-In Advising Hours for additional guidance. Walk-In Advising Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm. You can also email


5. 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 be advised that ISSS advising walk-in hours are cancelled for Thursday, June 15, 2017. ISSS walk-in hours will resume as scheduled on Monday, June 19.  Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.


Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:

The ISSS will be unavailable on Thursday, June 29.  Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.



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Last Updated: 6/5/17