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1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
2. Full Time Course Enrollment for Fall 2018 Semester
3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, September 7
4. Graduating in December? Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Early!
5. Together: International Student Support Group
6. International Spouse Program ESL Classes
7. Language Resource Specialist Needed for Fall 2017
8. ESL Conversation Pairs Application Now Available
9. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests
10. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams

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 3 for the Labor Day Holiday. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

2. Full Time Course Enrollment for Fall 2018 Semester

The add/drop deadline for the Fall 2018 semester is Wednesday, September 5. You must be enrolled in a full-time course load by the end of the add/drop deadline in order to maintain a valid immigration status. If you will not be enrolled full-time, you will need to submit a Request for Reduced Course Load form to the ISSS Office.

3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, September 7

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, from 3:30-5:00pm on Friday, September 7, in the Old Champlain Atrium (Old Champlain, Room 133). This month's sponsor is International Education and Global Affairs. September 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, interactive activities, and complimentary coffee and snacks! If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Katie Barvinchak, International Student Advisor. All are welcome!

4. Graduating in December? Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Early!

F-1 students who will be graduating in December 2018 can apply for OPT as early as September 24, 2018. It can take up to 90 days for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process an OPT application. Click here for additional information. If you have any questions contact us at

5. Together: International Student Support Group

You are warmly invited to the Together: International Student Support Group. This group will provide you with the opportunity to meet fellow international students and exchange advice, knowledge and experiences on life as a student and/or life in general. Through this process students can develop a sense of belonging and enhance English language skills.

Dr. Sangmoon Kim, who was an international student in the U.S., will facilitate these groups and share his experiences and how he addressed difficulties he encountered.

This group will meet every other Tuesday from 3:30-5:00pm at the University Counseling Center (OO-264). If you are interested in joining the group, or have any questions, please email Dr. Kim at

6. 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.

7. Language Resource Specialist Needed for Fall 2018

The Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program is now accepting applications for the position of Language Resource Specialist (LRS) for Fall 2018 who speak Spanish, Korean, Russian, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, 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 (or films or internet-based assignments). LRSs lead discussions of these assignments in the study groups and evaluate students' performance. Throughout the semester LRSs compile a myCourses-based teaching portfolio consisting of all the materials used in the study group. 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 can be found here.

You can apply through HireBING (Job ID #1868453), OR you can apply here.

Questions? Contact the Languages Across the Curriculum office via email at

8. ESL Conversation Pairs Application Now Available

If you are 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. 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. The Welcome and Orientation Meeting will be on Thursday, September 20 from 4:45 to 6:00pm in UU 111.

Click Here to Fill Out an Application Online. Please note that applications are due by noon on Wednesday, September 19, 2018! If you have any questions, please contact the English Conversation Pairs Director, Trena Haffenden at

9. 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.
*Upload documents as instructed here.
*Your policy submission must indicate the services that are NOT paid for under the policy, found in the "Exclusions and Limitations" section of the policy, plus the deductible charged to you.

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 October 15, 2018. No exceptions are granted.

10. Beware of Phishing/E-mail Scams, Phone Scams and Other Scams

The Information Technology Services (ITS) website provides helpful information and advice on phishing/scams. The University and government entities will not ask for personal or password information in unsolicited e-mail messages. You should NEVER respond to them nor click on any links in the message, no matter how real they appear to be. Report any suspicious phishing emails to

If contacted via phone and asked for personal information, you should immediately be suspicious, especially if the person is claiming to work for a U.S. government agency. Ask for the person's full name, agency they are working for and a telephone number to call the person back. They will probably tell you that your only opportunity to resolve the issue is at the time of the call and that you have to take action now. Do not believe them. Never release personal information over the phone. Should you ever get any requests in print, please bring them to the ISSS Office immediately and we will review them and advise accordingly.

Some students have been targeted in scams where an individual or organization promised to secure a better exchange rate for tuition payments. You should never share your Binghamton University login information with anyone. Make all payments directly through Student Accounts, using the official Flywire service for currency conversion.

Lastly, please remember that scams can also happen in person. Never share your credit card, student ID card, passport, etc. with anyone. Please be cautious if purchasing items for anyone you do not know well.


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Last Updated: 1/3/19