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1. World Cup Viewing Party, June 20
2. OPT Application Process for Summer 2018 Graduates
3. Reminder of ISSS Availability
4. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
5. Summer at the Rec Center
6. Undergraduate Student Survey: Changes in Diet

1. World Cup Viewing Party, June 20

Join ISSS Staff and students from across campus to watch the World Cup! We will watch the Iran vs Spain match at 2pm on Wednesday, June 20 in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). There will be swag for all and interactive activities during half time. This is a great opportunity to make new friends or spend time with old friends! Feel free to come for the whole time or to just stop by and say 'hi'! All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend!

If you are interested in this event, register to participate on B-Engaged. This will assist the ISSS Staff in knowing the program's estimated participation rate. You can register by selecting the circular button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says I will be attending and then by clicking the grey button below it that reads RSVP TO EVENT. If you are unable to register via B-Engaged or if you have any questions, email Linda Torricelli, international student and scholar programming coordinator, at

2. OPT Application Process for Summer 2018 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 2018 semester, you can apply for OPT now. You may pick an OPT start date between August 18, 2018 and October 16, 2018. When picking your OPT start date, you should keep in mind that it generally takes 90 days for an OPT application to be processed by USCIS.

You can review the Student Checklist: Applying for Optional Practical Training for step by step instructions on how to apply for OPT.

If you still have questions after reading the above information, please visit ISSS during 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

3. 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 on Friday, June 22. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

Shift to University Summer Hours:
On Monday, May 21, the ISSS switched to summer hours. This means that the office is open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm until Friday, August 17. On Monday, August 20, the ISSS will resume regular business hours, weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm.

4. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University

Several departments on campus have collaborated to create a bus service for students traveling from JFK to Binghamton University. This bus service is for new and continuing international students. Buses will run in late July and early/mid-August. The deadline to register for this service is July 2, 2018. Additional information can be found here. If you have any questions, please email

5. 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.

6. Undergraduate Student Survey: Changes in Diet

Current international undergraduate students are invited to participate in a survey that gathers information on diet changes that students might experience when moving to a new country. This survey aims to understand current and past dietary patterns. This survey is anonymous and should only take 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you can choose to submit an email address for the raffle of a $25 Amazon voucher. Submitted email addresses will not be linked to survey data. Please note that this survey is only open to current international undergraduate students. Click here to access the survey. If you have any questions regarding the survey or the research, please contact Shannon Fox.


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Last Updated: 1/3/19