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Current ISO Student News

Issue 12: March 15, 2018


Table of Contents

  1. Input Wanted on Global Offices' Planned Relocation to College Town (more)
  2. Upcoming Workshop: Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures - 4/2 (more)
  3. Tax Filing Deadline is April 17! (more)
  4. Free Group Conversation Practice Sessions (more)
  5. Rochester Global Connections: International Game Night - Friday, March 23 (more)
  6. Campus FocusAfrikanza (March 24) & Annual Mela Celebration (March 24) (more)


Input Wanted on Global Offices' Planned Relocation to College Town 

The University’s global offices—the Global Engagement Office, International Services Office (ISO), and the Intensive English Program—will relocate from offices on the River Campus to integrated space in College Town over the summer and in fall 2018. The new space presents an opportunity to better serve the University’s growing international populations of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Input from the University community regarding the move is valuable to determine needs and services related to the new location. Please take some time to complete the survey. The ISO greatly appreciates your time and effort in completing the survey. Thank you.


Upcoming Workshop: Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures - 4/2

Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures
Monday, April 2 – 3:30 to 5:00pm
Wegmans Hall, Room 1400, River Campus

If you are a current international student who is interested in pursuing an internship, then this employment workshop is for you! This workshop covers various work authorizations available under current F-1 and J-1 regulations, along with alternative options for those with limited eligibility, which allows students to pursue an internship opportunity during their program of study. This workshop also offers detailed guidance on applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). F-1  and J-1 international students from all UR academic divisions, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to attend, so we hope to see you there. 


Tax Filing Deadline is April 17!

We are just one month away from the end of our current tax season! As a reminder, international students and scholars who are present in the United States during any portion of 2017 must comply with Federal and State tax filing requirements. The required forms will depend on your residency status for tax purposes, your US earnings in 2017, and eligibility for any treaty benefits. Please note that forms can come through both email and your mailbox, so please be sure to diligently check both before filing. Most tax forms are due by April 17. More information and resources are available online to help you file your taxes.


Free Group Conversation Practice Sessions

The Speaking Fellows are offering free group conversation practice sessions, intended to help participants grow more comfortable speaking in English in a variety of situations. There are two types of conversation sessions: casual and professional. Each casual session has a pre-set topic or theme so that participants can do any preparation ahead of time that they choose, though advanced preparation is not required. Professional conversation sessions are set up like mock networking events to help students grow more comfortable speaking about themselves and conversing in a more formal setting. Two speaking fellows will facilitate each session, but the students will be the primary contributors to the conversation. These sessions are pre-scheduled events that require sign-ups ahead of time. Please visit the Speaking Fellows’ website to see a more detailed schedule and sign-up information.


Rochester Global Connections: International Game Night - Friday, March 23

International Game Night
Friday, March 23 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Buckland Park Lodge
1341 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY, 14618

Rochester Global Connections is hosting its second annual International Game Night. International students will facilitate board game play from their respective countries, featuring games from Japan, Russia, Egypt, Libya, Germany, China, and more! "Travel" around the world with your game passport and win a raffle prize! Attendees get to meet new people, and learn a new game to possibly try at home with their friends and family. This event is free for students and members and costs $5.00 for the general public. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors many events and activities.  For more information about RGC, visit their website at


Campus Focus: Afrikanza (March 24) & Annual Mela Celebration (March 24)

Saturday, March 24 – 6:00pm
Feldman Ballroom, River Campus
The Pan-African Students’ Association will present Afrikanza,  a cultural exhibition which aims to celebrate the diversity of Africa through a night of exciting events and food. This event will expose the University of Rochester and the greater Rochester community to Africa’s diversity. More information on how to purchase tickets may be found here.

33rd Annual Mela Celebration – “Yellowjacket of the Year”
Saturday, March 24 – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Strong Auditorium, River Campus
Mela is an annual show organized by UR's Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent (ADITI).  This event is always very popular and well-attended, and this year should be no different!  Enjoy a unique and entertaining show that highlights the cultural diversity of South Asia and is sure to be not only culturally enriching but entertaining as well. The event will feature a variety of performances by student groups and members of the Rochester community, including Vocal Point, Radiance, Bhangra, Bharatanatyam, BHS and so much more! Tickets are currently being sold at the Common Market. For more event and ticket information, please visit the event’s website.


Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor