ISSS Announcements: Welcome to the Fall 2010 Semester!

posted Sep 10, 2010, 1:18 PM by Austin Powers

1. The Office of International Education will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in celebration of the Labor Day holiday.

2. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study.

            b. Reduced Course Load Authorization Form

            c. Update your personal information in ISSS.

3. Upcoming ISSS fun stuff:

            a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

            b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

            c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

4. Special reminder: tell someone if you’re going to be traveling.

5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010.

6. English Classes for International Students.

 

For more information on these topics, please see below.

 

1. The Office of International Education will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in celebration of the Labor Day holiday. We will re-open for our normal business hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010). Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

 

 

2. Beginning of the semester reminders:

            a. Make sure you are registered for full-time study. ISSS would like to take this opportunity to remind students in F-1 and J-1 status that you are required to be registered for a full-time course load each semester. The minimum number of credits you must be registered for is 12 credits per semester (or 9 credits with an assistantship). You must be registered for full-time study by the end of the day on Sept. 14 and ISSS will begin registering students in SEVIS on Sept. 15. Anyone who does not get registered in SEVIS at this time will be considered to be out of status!

b.  Reduced Course Load Authorization Form: If you are a student that, for some reason, does not need to be registered for a full-time course load, you will need to submit a Reduced Course Load Authorization Form to ISSS. There are very few reasons why someone is permitted to take a reduced course load, including medical reasons, it’s your first semester in the USA, it’s the last semester in your program, or you’re a Master’s or PhD needing to do a thesis or dissertation. If you fall into any of these categories, please make sure you have the proper RCL form on file with ISSS. The forms are available in ISSS, on our web site at www.albany.edu/isss, or attached to this e-mail.

We will soon be registering students in SEVIS – please don’t get missed because you haven’t submitted the form!

c. Update your personal information in ISSS – the beginning of the semester is the best time to update your personal information with ISSS. Changes that have taken place over the break that we NEED to be kept aware of include:

a.     Your address – have you moved over the summer?

b.    Your emergency contact information – who do we contact in case you have an emergency and how do we contact them?

c.     I-94 card – if you’ve traveled outside the USA, you will have a new I-94 card with a new number on it.

d.    Visas – did you get a new visa over the break?

e.     Passports – did you renew your passport over the summer?

f.     I-20s/DS-2019s – are you starting a new program or level of study this January? If so, we need copies of your new I-20s/DS-2019s.

 

 

3. Upcoming ISSS fun stuff:

            a. Apple Picking and Nature Hike – Sat., Sept  18th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Thatcher Park and Indian Ladder Farms. Cost: $5.00. See the attached flyer for more information. Sign-up for this event in the ISSS office (SL G-40).

 

            b. ISSS Social – Back-to-School Backyard Party – Friday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the lawn behind the Science Library. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of sports and free ice cream. Everyone is welcome. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

            c. International Knitter’s Club – Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in ISSS (SL G-40). Open to everyone! All skill levels – from beginners to advanced. Free supplies! See the attached flyer for more information.

 

 

4. Special reminder: tell someone if you’re going to be traveling. If you are going to be leaving your dorm room/apartment for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to let your roommates or someone else close to you know where you are going. In the recent past, ISSS has received several calls from international students’ roommates worried because they were concerned that their roommate had suddenly “disappeared”. Luckily, it turns out that the international students in question were simply traveling inside the USA. But, in order to eliminate the concern, if you are going to be away for an extended period of time, please let those people closest to you know what your plans are.

 

 

5. Insurance Waiver Request Deadline - Friday, October 1, 2010. Waiver request deadline for the Fall 2010 term or 2010/2011 Academic Year is Friday, October 1, 2010. Please stop by the Office of International Education to receive a waiver application. No applications will be received after the deadline date. You can check the status on your MYUALBANY account once bills are generated for the Fall semester.

 

 

6. English Classes for International Students. Please see the attached list for the English classes being offered on campus this Fall semester! *Please note: the ESL 002 class has been cancelled.*

 

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