From: International Student Services
Date: November 20, 2019
Subject: ISS News, Nov. 20, 2019- International Education Week, Travel Signature Days, End of Semester Reminders, Thanksgiving Info, & More!


November 20, 2019


in this issue:

  1. End of Semester Reminders
  2. ISS' Thanksgiving Hours
  3. Featured Events
  4. Campus Events
  5. Other Opportunities
  6. Travel Signature Days!


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during advising hours:

11am to 1pm- through virtual advising available online

1pm to 3pm- through in-person advising in the office

There are no advising hours on Wednesday.


If you need to speak or meet with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to to schedule an appointment. Please provide your full-name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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ISS' Thanksgiving Hours


On behalf of the Office of International Students (ISS) in the Center for International Affairs, we want to wish all students a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy the short break from class and are able to spend time with family and friends celebrating this American tradition and making it one of your own.

ISS and the Center for International Affairs will be closing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 and the entire university will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 2.  Please plan your visit to ISS accordingly, especially if you need to pick up any documentation or request a travel signature for this break or the upcoming winter break.

During the week of Thanksgiving, ISSNews will not be sent out. The next newsletter will arrive to you on December 4.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Travel Signatures Days!
Get Yours In-Person
This Week & Next Week!

ISS staff will be available to sign I-20s and DS-2019s for any student who properly completes the travel signature request form and brings the document to ISS between 11am and 3pm on:

Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, November 21
Friday, November 22
Monday, November 25
Tuesday, November 26
Wednesday, November 27

Remember, ISS closes at 3pm on Wednesday, November 27!  Please plan to visit the office early (not at 3pm!) so that your travel plans go smoothly!
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End of Semester Reminders


Before you leave campus for break, ask yourself these important questions and visit the links if you need to take action:

Do I need to extend your I-20 or DS-2019?

Do I need to transfer your SEVIS Record?

Am I fully prepared to travel during the break so that I can return to campus smoothly?

Do you have more questions that you need help answering?  Get in touch with ISS staff during advising hours before you leave campus.  Keep in mind that ISS closes whenever the university is officially closed. If you ever have doubts about our availability, we strongly recommend that you call the office before planning your visit.

Featured Events


CWRU International Education Week 2019

Monday, November 18 at 9:00pm
to Friday, November 22 at 1:30pm
CWRU, Tomlinson Hall, Room 143 , United States
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Celebrate International Education Week with CWRU! International Education Week is a national celebration of the benefits of international education and global exchange.

The Center for International Affairs works with partners on campus to provide programming that highlights international activities and opportunities at CWRU. We hope the events will help to stimulate cultural understanding and foster an inclusive worldview.

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Get FREE Passport Photos for OPT Applications!

The Center for International Affairs will be taking passport photos for students and printing them for free on Thursday, November 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Tomlinson Hall Lobby.

This is a great opportunity for OPT students to get their photos taken at no cost!


International Club Hosts
Thanksgiving Dinner 2019

Friday, November 22
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thwing 201, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Thanksgiving Dinner has been a long time tradition of International Club for more than twenty years. Every year, we invite people from different backgrounds to come together and celebrate this wonderful holiday where we take the time to express gratefulness toward everything happening in our lives. We always have many traditional Thanksgiving dishes served during the event, such as the sliced turkey, stuffing, sweet potato gratin, mac and cheese etc. It's truly a family sit-down dinner feast and a great symbol of the cultural diversity and inclusion here on campus.



Cleveland Bucket List - West Side Market Tour

Saturday, November 23
11:00am - 12:00pm
West Side Market, 1979 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
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Cleveland's West Side Market is home to more than 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity, providing fine meats, fresh vegetables, seafood, baked goods, cheese and more!

Visit one of Cleveland's most famous destinations and sample some of the food that makes it so special!

This event will be free for CWRU students to attend, however, space is limited so registration is required! Registration will open in October.

Meet us at the Ohio City RTA station at 11:00 am.

The tour will last approximately an hour, and you can return to campus whenever you choose.


Campus Events

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Spend Thanksgiving with a Local American Family

As part of your American experience here as an international student, post doc, researcher, or scholar, the International Student Fellowship (ISF) is pleased to present an opportunity for you to enjoy an American Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28) with a local family in the area.

Email (Subject line: Thanksgiving) by Wednesday, November 20 to register and be matched with a family by Friday, November 22. The number of host families is limited!

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Other Opportunities

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