The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), would like to welcome you to spring semester 2014. Michigan State University (MSU) deeply values the presence of international students and scholars on campus and it is a privilege for the staff at OISS to assist you.

New friends at International Student Orientation
Here are some reminders as we start the new semester:

International Student Orientation begins on Thursday, January 2nd at 11am in the International Center room 115. Our website includes helpful information for new students, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions specific to spring semester 2014.

International Student Orientation

We recommend that you regularly check your MSU email and periodically check the OISS web site. OISS will be keeping you informed of important information about immigration and other issues. We do not want any MSU international student to miss any critical new information.

A calendar of events for international students and scholars is available on the OISS website. You can also follow us on social media for immediate updates on immigration news and programming events at. For instance, employment authorization (Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training and Academic Training) workshops have been scheduled for F-1 and J-1 students this semester.

International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to maintain full-time enrollment during the school year. For students who are unable to meet the full-time enrollment requirement, a Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization option may be available. These options are limited and require approval in advance.

F-1 students: U.S. Immigration Regulations require that only ONE online class per semester can be used to count toward the minimum number of credits needed for full-time enrollment as an F-1 student. If you only need one course to complete your program of study, the course cannot be online or distance learning. If your course of study is in a language study program then online or distance education will not count towards your full-time enrollment status. Please make sure that you are in compliance with the full-time requirement. Failure to follow these regulations will affect and possibly end your immigration status. Please contact OISS if you have any questions or come in to see an advisor during walk-in hours from 1pm to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Are you planning a trip outside of the U.S.? Please contact OISS to make sure that all your documents are in order and have the necessary signatures before you travel. Read more about travel and re-entry.

Please join us every Friday from 4 to 6pm for the weekly Coffee Hour. It takes place in the Lower Level Lounge of McDonel Hall and is a great place to make friends, be involved and start the weekend… and the coffee is free! The first Coffee Hour for this semester will kick off on Friday, January 10th. Join us for free food, beverages, board games, music and fun.

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Coffee Hour

The year 2014 is a special year for civil and human rights in the United States. Michigan State University will commemorate this year through Project 60/50, a university-wide initiative coordinated through the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

Project 60 50 circle WITH msu wordmark RGB 2Project 60/50 is named for two events that continue to have a significant impact on American society: the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and the 1964 passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act. The 1954 Supreme Court decision was the beginning of the end of racial segregation in American public schools and the 1964 Civil Rights Act made major forms of discrimination unlawful. We encourage all students and scholars to take advantage of this special year to think about civil and social heroes and milestones from around the world that have had lasting positive impacts on humanity. OISS will be planning events to enable international students and scholars to participate in this campus-wide conversation. Check our calendar and social media for upcoming events and ways to get involved.

OISS invites you to contact us at any time we might be of assistance to you. Best wishes for a successful semester.

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