May graduates have a 60-day grace period to depart the US, apply for OPT...
May graduates have a 60-day grace period to depart the US, apply for OPT...
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Friday, May 8 | Spring Semester 2020

Finish the Semester Strong!
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Good luck to all in preparing for final examinations and completing final projects! 

The end of semester can be stressul, so take a break to pass along your well-wishes to the Graduating Class of 2020.

Programs and Events
May 11: Join the Student Counseling Service for a virtual workshop on remote studying, stress reduction, and time management. 

Also, if  you want to consult with a trained mental health professional in a less formal and more convenient setting, Virtual Campus Care is offered throughout the week.
May 22: ISSS will host a virtual graduation celebration, honoring the achievements of the international students graduating as part of the Class of 2020. 
Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates to Know: 

Now: Fall 2020 Registration has opened. Check your registration time ticket in BannerWeb. Reach out to your academic advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 

May 8, today: Deadline for requesting credit/no credit

May 15: Last Day of Spring Semester

May 16 and 17:
Virtual Commencement Experience
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Grace Period for May 2020 Graduates
Congratulations to all of the May 2020 graduates! Students who are completing their degrees in May should be aware that their I-20 end dates will be shortened to May 15 once ISSS receives notification that their degree has been awarded. They will then have a 60-day grace period to depart the US, apply for OPT, or transfer their SEVIS record to another institution.
This means that students completing degrees in May who are departing the US must depart by July 14. We understand that flights are limited and that many flights are being cancelled. We empathize with students’ worries and concerns about this.
Unfortunately, the US government has not provided an exception to the 60-day grace period. If you do not believe you will be able to depart by July 14, you may wish to apply for OPT. Another option would be to apply for change of status to B-2 (visitor). However, this is not something ISSS can advise on; you would need to work with an experienced immigration attorney.
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Considered becoming a language teacher?
The US currently has a language teacher shortage and there is increasing demand for language teachers. Miami has many ways that you can enrich your studies and increase your career opportunities through language teaching programs:
  • Add Language Education as a second major. You can Supplement this major with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.
  • Add the Graduate World/Foreign Language Licensure-only program to your undergraduate degree. This is an alternate way of obtaining a teaching license.
  • Complete the 9-credit-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFLA) thematic sequence. This is valuable if you see yourself teaching English abroad in the future.
Miami language teaching program graduates have lived and worked all over the US and the world. For questions or more information, contact Martha Castañeda, castanme@MiamiOH.edu513.529.7280.
If you are living off-campus, please remember to make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census. More information can be found at: Miami University Census 2020 page or the City of Oxford Census page.
Are you looking to distribute information about your event, program, group, etc. to international students and scholars at Miami? Submit an ISSS communications request.
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