Final Week of the Semester! Submit your Fall 2021 Survey in InterLink.
Final Week of the Semester! Submit your Fall 2021 Survey in InterLink.
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Friday, May 7, 2021 | Spring Semester 2021

Final Wellness Day Today!
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The final week of classes can be stressful with preparing for final examinations and completing final projects, so take a break and enjoy some refreshing Thai iced tea at the last Wellness Day NationaliTeas of the semester!
All are welcome to grab a cup to go from outside the International Student Center, in the MacMillan Hall parking lot, starting today at 10 am until 5 pm.
Tuesday, May 11, 1:00 to 4:00, Dog Day @Finals, Central Quad (picture of dog wearing sunglasses)
Tuesday, May 11 from 1 - 4pm  (EDT) Dog Day at Finals
Join Student Counseling Service on the Central Quad to  de-stress during finals week with the MU therapy dogs!  Petting the dogs and getting a hug or kiss is a great stress reliever as you prepare for your exams. Please note this event is weather-permitting and masks are required. 
Tuesday, May 11 at 2:00 PM (EDT) • Sprintax Nonresident Tax Webinar
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Topics covered will include who must file a US tax return, residency for tax purposes, FICA, amended returns, implications of misfiling, the stimulus check and much more. Remember - the tax filing deadline is May 17, 2021.
May 13-19 ShareFest Oxford
Moving out and don't know what to do with all your stuff? Donate furniture, appliances, housewares, clothing, and non-perishable food to ShareFest.  
Friday, May 14 • International Student Graduation Celebrations
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At 9:30 am EDT, graduating international students and their loved ones are invited to attend a virtual celebration that will recognize all graduating international students, reflect on our favorite memories, and look ahead to exciting new opportunities. 
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Graduating international students and their loved ones are also invited to an in-person reception throughout the day at the International Student Center in MacMillan Hall. Take photos, receive a graduation gift, meet with ISSS staff and leave your mark at Miami! 

Please register for a reception timeslot and remember that State of Ohio and other University public health regulations will still be in effect. 
Register to Attend a Graduation Reception Session
Important Dates for Spring 2021
  • Currently - open Fall 2021 course registration for all students on the Oxford campus. Review how to register for courses and contact your academic advisor for questions about how to make academic progress. 
  • May 15 - end of final examinations/semester
  • May 17 - deadline to file US taxes for 2020
  • May 20 - grades are viewable
Immigration Tip
Three Reminders:
1. Submit the Fall 2021 Study Plan Survey! 
ISSS asks all current international students to complete the survey in InterLink by May 16 to share their plans and concerns for Fall 2021. 
Login to InterLink
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(The “Fall 2021 Study Plan Survey” can be found in “Other Student Services.”)
2. Continue to check for travel updates if you are planning to enter the US before Fall 2021!
Currently, students from countries that have COVID-related travel restrictions (which now includes India, along with Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, South Africa, the UK, and the European Schengen area) are eligible for a National Interest Exception and are able to enter the U.S. without traveling through a third country up to 30 days before the start of the fall semester. Review additional travel updates on the ISSS website.

Review more information about Fall 2021 enrollment, documents, and travel requirements on the Planning for Fall 2021 web page.
3. I-20s will continue to be issued electronically! 
Students who request I-20 updates or travel signatures through InterLink do not need to pickup their documents in-person from the ISSS office nor do they need to receive these documents in the mail. ISSS issues all I-20s electronically as a PDF attachment via email. Students receiving new or updated I-20s should make sure to print and sign this document.
Recognizing international student achievement for Spring 2021!
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Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition prize winners: 
Second place: Obed Dodo, third year doctoral student for “Self-healing polymers for everyday use.”

Third place: Charles Xie, third year doctoral student in chemistry for “Removal of PFOA from Water by A Novel and Efficient Material.”

People’s Choice Award: Anindita Laz Banti, second year master’s degree student in architecture with for “How Vernacular Architecture Affects The Global?”

Outstanding Student Athletes:

Nicole Maier was named MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year for the women's swimming and diving team. 

Henju Duvenhage, who was named MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year and MAC Swimmer of the Year, along with the efforts of Uroš Djokovic and Pedro Gueiros, helped the men’s swimming team win the MAC championship. 

The women’s field hockey team also took home a MAC Championship with Noor Breedijk, Madison Workman, Claudia Negrete Garcia, Sophie Huisman, Leonor Berlie, Paula Peña, Lily Petersen, and Luli Rosso all being part of the successful season. 

Tennis player Priyana Kalita also received the President's Distinguished Service Award for work with community organization around issues of diversity and inclusion. 
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