Workshops

Spring 2013 Workshops Presented by International Programs and Services

In an effort to provide ongoing advice and support to our students, IPS has put together a series of workshops to support those who wish to engage in studies outside of their home countries.  Workshops are a great way to get targeted information and advice about studying in a different country.  Whether you are an F-1 or J-1 visa student interested in learning about your rights and responsibilities or a prospective study abroad program participant, these events are designed to provide you with the guidance you need.   

Tentative dates and program descriptions are listed below.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Once you register, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with the location of the event.  Registering will also enable you to receive important updates about the times or locations of the event, including cancellations or reschedules.

F-1 and J-1 Visa Workshops

Date and TimeTitleDescription

Thursday, February 21

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Employment Options for F-1 and J-1 Students and ScholarsDid you know that you can work in the US even though you have an F-1 or J-1 visa?  This session is an overview of the rules and regulations which govern employment including but not limited to on-campus work, coops and internships, and work done in order to offset costs incurred as a result of severe and unforeseen financial hardships.  We will briefly discuss benefits such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical (OPT), and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD).  This is a basic workshop and is recommended for students who are in the early stages of job searches.  Presenter:  Tara Evans, Assistant Director of International Programs and Services 

Tuesday, February 26

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

F-1 and J-1 Rules and Regulations UpdateStudents and scholars who are studying in the US have to follow certain rules and regulations in order to maintain lawful status.  This session is designed for students who need a ‘refresher’ on the laws which govern their stay.  We will go over basic requirements such as reporting program changes, address changes, and employment options.  This session is also ideal for faculty and staff who would like to learn about students’ and scholars’ rights and responsibilities.  Presenter:  Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services

Tuesday, March 5

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Optional Practical Training (OPT):  Before, During, and AfterStudents who are planning to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) should attend this session to learn about what they need to do in order to receive this benefit.  This session is an advanced session and is designed for students who will be applying for OPT this Fall.  Presenter:  Tara Evans, Assistant Director of International Programs and Services

Thursday, March 14

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Plagiarism:  Why Americans Hate It and How You can Avoid Being Accused of It!Each semester, international students are suspended and thus forced to return home prematurely for doing something that seems completely natural to them.  American rules about plagiarism can be confusing and shocking.  This session is designed to help students learn how to avoid being accused of cheating or engaging in unacceptable and punishable behavior.  Lunch will be provided and seating is limited.  Presenter:  Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services

Thursday, March 28

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Glacier Tax Prep Session

You can attend this session or the one offered on April 9.

F-1 and J-1 students and scholars are required to file both Federal and Statetaxes.  To facilitate this seemingly confusing and complex process, Michigan Techhas purchased a special software to help international students with the stepsassociated with reporting income earned while in the US.  This session is not a taxworkshop but a session to help you become familiar with CINTAX.

Tuesday, April 9

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Glacier Tax Prep Session (Repeat)
 
F-1 and J-1 students and scholars are required to file both Federal and Statetaxes.  To facilitate this seemingly confusing and complex process, Michigan Techhas purchased a special software to help international students with the stepsassociated with reporting income earned while in the US.  This session is not a taxworkshop but a session to help you become familiar with CINTAX.

Tuesday, April 23

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Reduced Course Load:  The Why’s, How’s, and Why Not’sIn order to remain in the country lawfully, F-1 and J-1 students are required to enroll in a full course of study.  Students may apply to receive permission to become part time students under certain conditions.  This session is designed to explain the rule governing reduced course loads and discuss the documentation required by students and advisors to ensure approval and compliance.  Presenter:  Tara Evans, Assistant Director of International Programs and Services

 

Study Abroad Workshops

Tuesdays

11:00 a.m.

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Thursdays

2:00 p.m.

Study Abroad 101Are you interested in studying abroad but don’t know where to start?  This session is for you!  Meet with an advisor who will help you begin the process of choosing a program or country which will help you achieve your personal and academic goals.  These recurring sessions are designed for students who are in their early stages of planning or are interested in meeting others who will study abroad.  No need to register, just stop by.  Presenters:  IPS Staff

Tuesday January 22

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

 

Study Abroad ReunionStudents who have studied abroad during the Fall semester are invited to attend this reunion.  Connect with other students who have studied abroad and celebrate your re-entry to the US.  Learn how you can build on experiences/perspectives gained while abroad.  Reflect on your time away and provide IPS with feedback to help us better serve and support students who are abroad.  Refreshments will be provided.  Presenters:  Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services

Tuesday, February 5

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Study Abroad ScholarshipsIs studying abroad in your future?  Would you like to know how you can pay for it? Students can receive substantial funds to cover their costs of studying in another country.  However, they must plan ahead (sometimes 2-3 years in advance) and be willing to do some detective work.  This session is designed to help students understand how financial aid and the competitive scholarship process works to help them maximize scholarships, grants, and loans which will minimize your out of pocket study abroad costs.  Presenters:  Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services and Staff from the Financial Aid Office

Saturday, April 13

11:00 p.m.to 3:00p.m.

Study Abroad Pre-Departure Session

Required for all Summer/Fall study abroad participants. 
It will provide an overview of:

  •  What students can expect in terms of course registration, course credits, financial aid, differences in educational systems, and how to begin preparing for living and studying abroad. 
  • Passports and visas; packing; medical and health concerns; personal finances; emergency preparedness; and how to stay connected while abroad.  
  • Tools and resources to help students research their host countries and cultures. 
  • Students will look at how culture shock and cultural differences can impact experiences abroad and how to handle them.  
  • Health and safety and emergency preparedness will be examined in more detail. 
  • Study abroad case scenarios to work through and final instructions will be provided.  

Lunch will be provided. 
Presenters:  IPS Staff.