Friday, September 2 | Fall Semester 2022
Opportunities to Get Connected and Involved!
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regularly receives requests from students and community members on how to meet Miamians from certain countries, regions, heritages, linguistic backgrounds and such. So, ISSS is offering International Connections events for students or community members who are looking to meet others who are from, have lived in, traveled to, want to travel to or are interested in a particular region, country, heritage, or linguistic/cultural background.
These International Connections events will be held from 5:15-6:45 pm at the International Student Center, MacMillan 017 with breakout rooms across MacMillan Hall. Activities and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are welcome to share a game, activity, info about another upcoming event, or other ways to stay connected. Don't miss out on these opportunities to connect with others!
Also, Tea Tasting: A Sip Around the World will once again be offered from 7:00 - 9:30pm on October 6 in Armstrong Student Center Pavilion and is an opportunity to showcase a variety of tea-drinking cultures, try an assortment of different flavors from all over the world, and provide a space for all to relax and enjoy on a Thursday night. Students and student groups interested in hosting a Tea Tasting table and sharing tea/beverage with the community are invited to sign up.
- Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Holiday | No Classes and many campus offices closed (ISSS will also be closed)
September 9 - Last day to drop a class (full-term course) without a grade | Please review Enrollment Requirements and/or meet with ISSS if you have any questions or concerns.
The International Student Center (ISC) is located in MacMillan Hall 017 (lower level - enter through the parking lot, center entrance), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Come study or take a break from studying. Computers, printing, microwave and snacks/drinks (refrigerator coming back soon) are also available for students.
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m | Campus Care (informal meetings with Student Counseling Services)
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m | Ask a Librarian (questions about citation, finding research and all Library services)
Check out the Spotlight section below for upcoming events related to U.S. Health Insurance and the Aetna Insurance plan.
Review the ISSS Miami Events Calendar and for other events, programs and activities.
Bus Trips: Tomorrow to Kenwood and Next Saturday, Sept. 10, to Jungle Jim's
11:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 3 | Visit a premier shopping destination to get styled and prepped for the fall season! Join ISSS on a bus trip to Kenwood Towne Centre for a day of shopping and dining. Limited spots remain; register before 5:00 pm today.
10:00 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 10 | Stock up on goodies from around the world at the start of the semester! Come find all your favorite foods from across the world at Jungle Jim's International Market which has products from more than 70 countries!
Understand Work Authorization and SSNs!
International students in F-1 status are authorized to work on campus and must follow regulations for working hours and breaks.
A Social Security Number (SSN) is a nine-digit number used to report your wages from work to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits and tax filing. If you are employed in the U.S., you need a Social Security number to work. However, you do not need a Social Security Number before you start working. Once you receive a job offer you can apply for your Social Security Number.
Note: F-1 students are prohibited to work off campus unless they receive authorization for:
Curricular Practical Training (CPT is for currently-enrolled F-1 students who wish to engage in off-campus employment that is directly related to their major field of study, e.g. an internship.)
Optional Practical Training (OPT is for students to gain experience in their major field of study after completion of program requirements.)
Get Ready for OPT Season!
December graduateswill be able to apply for Optional Practical Training beginning on Sept 12.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 7 | OPT Webinar: Want to know more about off campus work authorization after graduating as an international student?
Miami Student Aetna Health Insurance Plan
3:00- 4:00 pm on September 7 at the International Student Center (MacMillan 017): Drop-ins with Aetna Insurance | Meet with an Aetna Insurance representative for specific questions about your situation or general inquiries
12:00 - 1:00 pm on September 8 via Zoom | Health Insurance Webinar: Learn more about the Miami Student Health Insurance Plan from Aetna Insurance, Horan and Student Health Services. Content will include:
- Understanding health insurance in the United States, including a glossary of terms
Overview of the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan offered to Miami International students
- When to go to an Urgent Care Center or the Emergency room for care
- Who to call when you have questions about the health insurance plan
General healthcare or health insurance questions are also welcome at this event.
Reminder that all international students are required and automatically enrolled in the Miami University Aetna Student Health Plan.
Also, for the 2022-2023 school-year, the health insurance fee will be split between the fall and spring semester billing (fall insurance premium: $902; spring insurance premium:$1249)
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