Spring Break is only 3 weeks away - start planning now!
Spring Break is only 3 weeks away - start planning now!
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Friday, February 28 | Spring Semester 2020

Miami University Spring Break
Spring Break for Miami University is just three weeks away. From March 21 to March 29 there will be no classes and other university services will be closed or have shorter hours. Check the specific Miami facilities and services websites for schedule details. 

Residence halls on campus will close on Friday, March 20, at 7:00pm and will remain closed until Sunday, March 29, at 9:00am. Many students choose to leave campus during this time, but staying on campus is also an option. 

If you plan on staying on campus during Spring Break, you must log into MyCard and click on the My Plans for Spring Break Housing section. Please complete this before the break period begins so your ID card will have access to your hall and room throughout the break period. Ask your RA or RD for assistance. 

If you plan on traveling outside of Oxford during the Spring Break, arrange accordingly for your residence hall or off campus residence (turn off electronics, secure doors and windows, arrange pet care, etc.).

If you plan on traveling outside of the US during Spring Break, make sure your required documents and travel signature are up to date. Also, read more about travel considerations in the Immigration Tip below. 

During Spring Break ISSS will have several events for those staying in Oxford. 
What are your plans for Spring Break, March 21 - 29?
Programs and Events

February 29 - March 6

For International Mother Language Day, come enjoy a film celebrating language in the Harry T. Wilkes Theater in the Armstrong Student Center from 7 - 9pm on Saturday, February 29.
Reminder: For walk-in advising, stop by the International Student and Scholar Services office (on the second floor of MacMillan Hall) Monday through Thursday from 3-4:30 pm.


March 13: Fall Course List Avaible
Bus trips
ISSS is offering a bus trip to Hueston Woods for the Maple Festival on Saturday, March 7 from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Enjoy a day of hiking, learning the art of making maple syrup, and taking hay rides. You also have the chance to experience $6 all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Register for this $5 bus trip to Hueston Woods
Also, a few more students still need to sign up in order to move forward with arranging a bus trip to Indianapolis to watch the NBA Game: Indiana Pacers v.s. Orlando Magic on Sunday, April 5. (Departure: 2:30 pm, Game time: 5 pm, Return to campus before 11 pm, Cost: $45-$55)
Immigration tip
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Due to concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, a presidential proclamation has been issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants, including F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, who were physically present in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry. This policy went into effect February 2nd, 2020 and remains in effect at this time.

Students who had been planning to travel to China over Spring Break are strongly encouraged to reconsider their plans. If the current travel ban remains in effect, students who travel to China will not be permitted to re-enter the U.S. and will likely need to withdraw from Spring semester.

At this time, there are no special restrictions in place that would prevent students from re-entering the U.S. after traveling to other countries such as Mexico (a popular Spring Break location) as long as they have all their required documents. Note, however, that the COVID-19 situation is continuously developing, and all international travel includes some degree of risk.

Ask and Advisor

Question: My passport is expiring this semester, and my visa will expire next summer. Can I renew both of them in the U.S.?

Ask an Advisor: Passport and Visa Renewal
ISSS and C-Hope are looking for new or gently used shoes.  All shoes will be donated to Missions in Motion.  Drop off your new or gently used shoes in the collection box in the MacMillan Hall Lobby from now until March 26
Do you have a favorite hot beverage you want to share with the Miami community?
Tea Tasting, in the evening of Friday, April 3, needs your drink!
Sign up to host a Tea Tasting table. ISSS will provide all necessary ingredients and materials.
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