Friday, January 27 | Spring Semester 2023
Apply to be an iPOL for Fall 2023!
International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) are undergraduate or graduate students who assist ISSS with welcoming new international students our community.
ISSS is looking for Fall 2023 iPOLS who want to positively impact new international students and their orientation and transition to Miami.
Apply before February 20. Group interviews will take place at the end of February. Training will happen in April, May and August. Fall 2023 iPOLs must be available August 14-27.
Regularly Scheduled in International Student Center (MacMillan 017-018)
Also on Wednesday, February 1, questions about your health insurance plan? Come meet with an Aetna Insurance representative from 3-4pm.
Preparing to graduate and have questions?
- Program completion vs. graduation
- I-20 program end date updates and program extension issues
- Options after completing a program
- Leaving the U.S.
- Transferring SEVIS record (grad school)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) process and timeline
- Change of Status
ISSS staff will present information and answer questions about
final semester of study in the U.S. and Optional Practical Training (OPT) at the follow two info sessions:
Final Semester of Study Info Session
Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 pm via Zoom
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Info Session
Tuesday, February 7 at 12:00 pm via Zoom
Starting the Semester Reminders
Be On Guard Against Scams
Unfortunately, international students are the target of many scammers.
Some scams may involve a message or call from someone pretending to be a government agency or using worrying language about terminating status or necessary payment. If you receive a message like this, please delete it. In general, if you receive a text such as this from a number you don’t recognize, you should ignore it. Government agencies will never call or text you about your visa status nor request that you give money or information over the phone or text.
Read more about How to Avoid Government Impersonator Scams.
Also, be aware of scams that offer unsolicited employment to students. Emails can be faked, so even if someone has a MiamiOH.edu email you should verify their identity. If you are asked to purchase gift cards, cash checks or input login credentials for certain services, the safest response is to simply delete the message. You should never transfer money or purchase a gift card for someone you don't personally know.
If you receive a message that you suspect to be a scam, please forward the message to InfoSec@MiamiOH.edu. This allows the information security team to block sites that may be associated with phishing attacks. If you ever feel you may have responded to a fraudulent message or clicked a link in one, please contact IT Help immediately at 513-529-7900.
ISSS encourages everyone in our community to share what name they would like to be called! We all deserve the respect of having our names accurately pronounced. Working With NameCoach, anyone at Miami can record a pronunciation for their name and share it with the community.
There are two ways to record your name with NameCoach:
Please note: To have a pronunciation show up in Canvas, you have to record in Canvas.
More opportunities to work with ISSS:
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