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Current ISO Student News

Issue 3: October 1, 2014 



Table of Contents

  1. Will You Complete Your Degree Requirements Soon?  (more)
  2. Niagara Falls Trip, October 11 - Sign Up Now!  (more)
  3. Reminder: Submit Your GLACIER Documents (more)
  4. Free English Conversation Class on Thursdays  (more)
  5. RGC SpotlightSquare Dance at the Barn - October 24 (more)
  6. Campus FocusSubmit an Event for International Education Week!  (more)


Will You Complete Your Degree Requirements Soon?

If your answer is “yes,” or even “maybe,” now is the time to begin thinking about F-1 Optional Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training.  Do not delay!  Each individual has a different set of circumstances to consider when making such complicated immigration decisions, so please do not assume that what works for your friends will also be the best option for you.

The ISO has scheduled an employment workshop to be held this month. If you are thinking about work options for after graduation, we encourage you to attend this session to learn more about your eligibility and the application procedures for the necessary work permission.  This workshop will cover work authorizations available to graduating F-1 students, including Optional Practical Training and the transition to H1-B, extensions to OPT, unemployment, and travel.  This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for OPT.

Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures
Thursday, October 23rd, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
207 Schlegel Hall, River Campus

If you are a J-1 student, we encourage you to meet with an advisor in the ISO by scheduling an appointment at your convenience (275-2866).  We will review your options and discuss ways that will enable you to take advantage of the opportunities available to you. 

There are several important deadlines and considerations to keep in mind, such as:

OPT applications can take between 2 and 3 months before work permission is granted and you will not be allowed to pursue any employment until your application is approved.

Required documentation for travel outside the U.S. changes when your degree is completed.  If you plan to travel in the coming months, you may need to submit your application materials with enough time to receive a decision before you leave the country.

If you plan to work in the U.S. for longer than your OPT or AT will allow, the decisions you make now about your completion date and requested employment dates can have significant impact on options available to you in the future.  You may want to discuss your long-term plans with an advisor as well.

J-1 students must apply for Academic Training before completing all degree requirements, or you will no longer be eligible for that benefit.

**If you are completing this term but do not plan to apply for these work permissions, please also check the program end date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.  If that date is listed beyond the time when you will actually finish, you will need to request that your program be shortened to update your SEVIS record using the Extend/Shorten Program Completion Date Change Form.  Please report your departure to the ISO by also completing the Student Departure Form.


Niagara Falls Trip, October 11 - Sign Up Now!

Don't forget to sign up for the ISO Day Trip to Niagara Falls!  We will be taking a bus to the American side of Niagara Falls on October 11th. We will depart at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 11th from River Campus and return that evening around 6:30 pm.  The cost of the trip at $65 for adults ($55 for children 6-12 years, and $30 for children under 6 years) includes roundtrip bus transportation and a Discovery Pass.  The Discovery Pass includes the following attractions: Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and the popular Maid of the Mist boat ride.  This day is yours to plan!  There are plenty of things to see and do during our day at Niagara Falls.  Seating on the bus is limited, so sign up soon!  Payment in full is required to reserve your seat (cash, check, or money order only) and cancellations can only be refunded when another student is available on our waitlist to take your space.  Please see the event flyer for additional details.  Please email the ISO at with any questions.  This trip has become very popular among our international students and 2014 promises to be another great one.  We hope you can join us!  


Reminder: Submit Your GLACIER Documents!

Please verify that you have completed your GLACIER record accurately and have entered valid contact information.  For new students, please make sure that you have also sent the required forms and document copies as indicated on your GLACIER Tax Summary.  If you recently received your U.S. Social Security Card, be sure to update your GLACIER record with the new number and send the forms to the Payroll Office.  Your record and tax benefits cannot be fully applied until those documents are on file in the Payroll Office.  The ISO or any other department at the University can provide an Inter-Campus Mail envelope to use when sending your documents to Payroll.  If you have questions when completing GLACIER, please contact


Free English Conversation Class on Thursdays

The ISO is pleased to sponsor another opportunity to improve your English conversation skills, free of charge to the University of Rochester community! This is an advanced class with an experienced instructor, to be held Thursdays at 10:00am.  A preliminary conversation with the instructor will likely be needed to ensure that the class is appropriate for your English speaking skills.  Please contact Cynthia at if you are interested.  Only 8 available spots are currently remaining.



RGC Spotlight: Square Dance at the Barn - October 24

Square Dance at the Barn
Friday, October 24th, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
2201 Lehigh Station Road (Barn at Liberty Hill)
Yee-haw!  RGC will hold its annual Square Dance at the Barn at Liberty Hill, home of the RIT President, later this month!  The dance is free to attend, and transportation will be available for a small fee.  This event is always a great time, where you can learn traditional American folk dance!  A professional square dance caller will call the dances and teach us the steps, and you don't need a partner.  Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  If you don't care to dance, you may simply come to socialize and have fun!  Light refreshments will be served.  Sign up will soon be available online.

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 all events and activities.


Campus Focus: Submit an Event for International Education Week!

Celebrate the benefits of international education and cultural exchange, here at the University of Rochester and worldwide!  International Education Week will officially be celebrated during the third week of November, 17 to 21, but there is more to do throughout the month, and the year!  Would you like the opportunity to share your culture with the broader campus population?  Did you have a great study abroad experience that you would like to tell others about?  Whatever ideas you may have, consider submitting them for an event!  The submission form is now available online:  


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor