From: International Student Services
Date: November 6, 2019
Subject: ISS News, Nov. 6, 2019: End of Semester Reminders, International Education Week, Thanksgiving Information. Get and OH ID, & More!


November 6, 2019


in this issue:

  1. End of Semester Reminders
  2. ISS' Thanksgiving Hours
  3. Featured Events
  4. Campus Events
  5. OPT & CPT Workshop Schedule
  6. Chat Box Gets New URL in Website Refresh
  7. Get an OH ID with USG
  8. Other Opportunities


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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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.

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ISS' Thanksgiving Hours


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.

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Chat Box for Virtual Advising Gets New URL in Website Refresh

You may have noticed that the ISS homepage looks a little different.  We did some reorganizing of our content with the goal of helping you find information more easily.

The virtual advising chat box has been relocated to a new webpage and remains active, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11am to 1pm.

If you’re having trouble finding information that you have bookmarked, please feel free to contact ISS and we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.

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Get an Ohio ID with USG!

When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019
Meet at: TVUC at CCEL Office (Suite 165)

If you don't have an Ohio driver's license but would like to have an official state ID card, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) wants to help you with the process!

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, USG organizers will be meeting at the Tink, outside the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, and taking the RTA Healthline to a local BMV. If you do not already have an RTA sticker pass, please visit Access Service website to determine where you can obtain one.

Please contact Sienna at if you are certain that you will participate.

In order to apply for a state ID, you will need to have proof of your residency in Ohio.

This can come in the form of a utility bill from an apartment/house OR

Students who live in CWRU housing can go to Wade or Fribley commons and request that proof of residency be printed out for them

Students will also need to have their actual valid passport, visa, I-94, I-20 or DS-2019, and proof of Social Security number if assigned one.

The cost of a state ID will be covered for students.

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Featured Events


CPT & Practicum Overview - International Student Success Series

Tuesday, November 12
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sears 229, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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All CWRU international students are invited to join the Center for International Affairs as International Student Services and Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education staff help attendees understand the ways they can work while they are students. This is a supplement to ISS CPT Workshops. Those interested in CPT must also attend an ISS CPT Workshop. This event is part of the International Student Success Series.



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.


International Club Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner-
Friday, November 22

Thanksgiving is coming up! If you are hoping to spend some quality time with your friends and would like to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, then consider celebrating this American holiday with the International Club!

Ticket sales will start the week before the event. More information will become available soon!


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

Saturday, November 9
Start End   Event         Location
6:00pm 8:00pm uISA Diwali Dinner Thwing Ballroom
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Kelvin Smith Library,
Freedman Center, 1st Floor


Put away laptops and phones and play old fashioned board games with friends. Refreshments will be provided to keep you fueled and competitive through the night.

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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!

Other Opportunities

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