The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is located in 143 Tomlinson and open all year, Monday through Friday, except for university holidays.

ISS staff is available to students in-person and by phone only during Walk-In Hours.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you need to make an appointment, please either call the office, stop by in person, or email international@case.edu

For more information about Walk-in Hours visit the Information for Students quicklink.

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Promoting Intercultural Exchange at Case

The mission of the Office of International Student Services (ISS) is to enhance the international student experience and promote intercultural exchange at CWRU.

We can assist you with:

  • Immigration matters
  • Intercultural exchange opportunities
  • Leadership resources and programs
  • Understanding the social and academic culture at CWRU and in the US.

Read more about ISS and the services we provide.

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Leadership Awards!

The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dr. Dorothy Pijan in 1986 to recognize and honor Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. After her death in 2003, the awards were named in her honor to recognize her many contributions to student life at Case Western Reserve University.

Over 20 different student leadership awards are presented during an awards ceremony in the spring. Nominations are solicited from across the campus and are selected by an anonymous committee.

Awards Process and 2014 Timeline
I. Nomination Period: Open Now!

January 28 through February 15 at 11:59 p.m.

During the nomination period students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the nomination form recognizing outstanding students, programs, organizations and advisors. To nominate you select an award, name a person, program or organization that should be considered for that award and write a short paragraph stating why the nominee is deserving of the award. The supporting paragraph should be less than 2000 characters and the entire nomination process should take no more than 5 minutes!

If you are wondering what to write in your nomination consider the following questions. Please keep in mind that for most awards (President's award excluded) we hope to hear about what they have accomplished this awards period (from February 2013 through now).

  • How has the student, program or organization positively impacted the campus community?
  • Why does this student, program or organization stand out?
  • What makes this student, program or organization EXTRAordinary?
  • How has this student, program or organization made the lives of those around them better?

Please be sure that the nominee meets the award criteria before submitting.

II. Individual/Organizational Activity Record Period

Wednesday, February 18- March 10 at 11:59 p.m.

During this period, nominees are asked to fill out an activity record listing their organizational involvement and are prompted to write a paragraph stating why they are a deserving of an award. Any nominee that completes an activity record before the March 10 deadline is submitted to a selection committee for review. The selection committee reviews all documents and selects award winners.

III. Awards Ceremony and Reception

Tuesday, April 15, 2015

Reception: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; TVUC Ballroom

Ceremony: 5:45 to 7 p.m.; TVUC Ballroom

The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate all nominees! All students nominated for awards are encouraged to attend and will be recognized. Award winners are also announced during this event.

Celebrating 29 Years!

This year, the Student Leadership Awards will be celebrating 29 years! A reception and awards ceremony will be held on April 15 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. Attendance is limited to alumni award winners as well as students who were nominated for an award. All nominees will be recognized at this important event. Here is a complete listing of previous award winners!

For more information, please contact Melanie Scanlon at 216.368.2679.

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OPT Workshops Are Happening NOW! Here's What You Need to Know Before Attending!

OPT Workshops for May and August graduates are scheduled!

If you have plans to graduate and intend to work in the US after that, you must register for and attend one of our scheduled workshops. All information is available on our calendar and registration is done by logging in to OrgSync. Attendance at a workshop is required as part of the application process. ISS will not accept OPT applications from students who have not attended a workshop.

All workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes. Please plan on arriving early and staying for the entire 90 minutes. If you do not stay for the entire workshop or arrive more than 5 minutes late, you're not considered to have attended. Be sure to bring your CWRU ID card to the session to complete the registration process and receive credit for having attended the session.

Students who are unable to attend a workshop will have the opportunity to complete an online training module. The online training module will be available in mid-March on our website only for a limited time. More information about the training module will be available later in the semester and we'll inform you through ISSNews. Please note that waiting until mid-March to prepare your OPT might not provide enough time for government processing; every effort to attend a workshop in-person should be made.

Future workshops will be scheduled for Fall graduates and advertised through the website, ISSNews, and From the Director's Desk. If you complete a workshop now, but don't intend to graduate until after Spring or Summer 2015, you will have to complete a workshop at a more appropriate time in the future.

If you have questions, stop by ISS during walk-in hours. Remember, only ISS staff can advise you about the procedures for OPT!

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Improve Your Spoken English with SELP

Are you interested in improving your conversation skills or pronunciation? Do you have an upcoming presentation that you would like to practice? Would you like to gain more confidence speaking in your classes or with native English speakers?

The Spoken English Language Partners are currently offering consultations to students. These one-on-one appointments are available Monday - Friday, and can be set up by signing up through tutortrac.case.edu. Some examples of available tutoring services include daily conversation skills (formal and informal), presentation skills, common conversation topics, idioms, pronunciation correction, and language comprehension.

If you have any questions, please contact Elise Geither (elise.geither@case.edu).

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IMPORTANT Student Employment Reminders from ISS & US Government

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (overseen by the Department of Homeland Security) has asked all schools to please remind international students about the regulations related to working while studying in the United States.

If an international student does not follow the terms of their nonimmigrant status as stated in the regulations, Case Western Reserve university may have an obligation to report the violation in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and terminate the student's SEVIS record. After termination of a student's SEVIS record, the student must depart the country immediately.

There are limited work opportunities available in the United States for international students. For this reason, before coming to the United States, students must prove they have the financial ability (e.g., present bank statements) to pay for tuition and living expenses while studying in the United States.

The U.S. government takes working illegally very seriously! ISS feels that it's so important that students understand this that we mention the severity of this violation in orientation, on our website, on our work permission paperwork, in personal discussions with students, in newsletters like this one- basically every chance we get!

Here we are reminding you again- before starting any kind of employment, students must be properly authorized! Failure to obtain proper authorization puts your student visa status in serious jeopardy! Additional information about various types of work authorization is available on our website, but If you ever have any questions, we strongly encourage visiting ISS and speaking with an advisor.

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New - International Spouse Support Group

Do you have a wife at home?

The International Spouse Support Group is a group of wives interested in meeting other wives from different cultures and sharing experiences about living in the USA and other countries.

Spouses (or married females) of international students, scholars, faculty and staff are welcome to join, as well as American women interested in building cross-cultural friendships.

Group will meet weekly on campus and also schedule on and off-campus activities such as field trips, craft night, book studies, theater outings, movies, etc.,

Fill out the form for more information. Meetings will begin in March.

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February is "Strengths Month"

StrengthsQuest is an assessment that has helped nearly 700 students and staff learn more about their unique talents and strengths.

During the month of February a limited number of students will have the opportunity to take the StrengthsQuest assessment for FREE (there is typically a $10 charge) with the completion of a Strengths 101 workshop!

Register for Strengths Month

Any undergraduate or graduate student is encouraged to register for Strengths Month. There is no involvement or GPA requirement to take the assessment for FREE and students who complete StrengthsQuest find that this is a meaningful tool to learn more about what unique talents you possess. Are you looking to become more meaningful engaged on campus?Take this free opportunity to learn more about your natural talents so that you can productively apply them to your involvement, academics, relationships. Register today to take the StrengthsQuest assessment and attending a corresponding Strengths 101 workshop.

ISF Invites You to a Midwinter Welcome Dinner to Celebrate Your Recent Arrival!

Join International Student Fellowship (ISF) and other international students from many nations as well as friendly American hosts for a dinner celebration! You'll find out more about our student organization, International Student Fellowship, as well as have lots of fun and make new friends.

There will be games, good food, and lots of laughter!Vegetarian foods will be available. Bring a dish to share if you'd like! (Optional!) The theme of our dinner will be "Home!" and the joy of what that means in our various contexts...with a short talk about the meaning of "home" to Christians. As a celebration of our different cultures, you are encouraged to wear native/ethnic clothes for the event. (Also optional)

Space for the event is limited, and rides will be given for as many as ISF is able to accommodate. Please register as soon as possible. Thank you!

ISF hopes to see you soon!

Date: Saturday, January 31
Time: Arrive 5:45 p.m., Dinner & Program starting 6:15-8:30
Place: Fellowship Hall at Bethel Church
Address: 2706 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44121 (Co-sponsored by the International Student Fellowship and Bethel Church)

Please register your attendance by Wednesday, January 28 by emailing: isfcleveland@gmail.com

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Canadian Citizens- Consular Services Available at CWRU

Consular Services for Canadian Citizens in Cleveland, Ohio

February 2, 2015 8:30 a.m. – February 3, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Cleveland, OH

The Consulate General of Canada will be offering Consular services to Canadian citizens in the Cleveland region on a "first come-first served" appointment basis, Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3, 2015 on the campus of Case Western University. Appointments will be scheduled for those wishing to apply for Canadian Passports or other consular services. Passport application forms will be available on site. To make an appointment, please phone 313.446.4747 or e-mail dtrot-cs@international.gc.ca . Please note that we will not be able to provide services regarding immigration to Canada or Canadian visas. Non-Canadian citizens interested in visiting or immigrating to Canada should visit www.cic.gc.ca

If you are a Canadian or know of a Canadian resident in Ohio, please consider registering with the Government of Canada's Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA). In the event of an emergency, ROCA will allow us to contact you or family members and pass on important information.

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Graduating Soon? Time to start thinking about Optional Practical Training!

Graduating in May or August? Time to start thinking about OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING!

ISS will be offering Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops for Spring and Summer 2015 graduates and going over the application process, student responsibilities, and other considerations in detail. OPT Workshop dates are listed below and now appear on the ISS calendar with location information. Register for your preferred session by clicking on the session as listed on the calendar. We ask that you register so that we are well prepared with material for everyone present. Attendance at a workshop is required as part of the application process. ISS will not accept OPT applications from students who have not attended a workshop.

If you see a blank calendar, that means that you need to log in (using your CWRU network ID and password) to OrgSync. Once logged in, click on My Memberships and select International Student Services. All international students should already have ISS listed there, but if you don't, do a search and ISS will pop right up. Click on Events to see all OPT Workshops and finally click on the session for which you wish to register.

Being well informed about OPT before you apply is a must. ISS feels very strongly about this, which is why we require all students to attend a workshop. All workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes. Please plan on arriving early and staying for the entire 90 minutes. If you do not stay for the entire workshop or arrive more than 5 minutes late, you're not considered to have attended. Be sure to bring your CWRU ID card to the session to complete the registration process and receive credit for having attended the session.

Students who are unable to attend a workshop will have the opportunity to complete an online training module. The online training module will be available in mid-March on our website only for a limited time. More information about the training module will be available later in the semester and we'll inform you through ISSNews. Please note that waiting until mid-March to prepare your OPT might not provide enough time for government processing; every effort to attend a workshop in-person should be made.

Please keep in mind that ISS will only accept complete applications from students who have attended a workshop (either in-person or online). Be sure to read all of the information carefully and prepare everything that's required for processing.

Future workshops will be scheduled for Fall graduates and advertised through the website, ISSNews, and From the Director's Desk. If you complete a workshop now, but don't intend to graduate until after Spring or Summer 2015, you will have to complete a workshop at a more appropriate time in the future.

If you have questions, stop by ISS during walk-in hours. Remember, only ISS staff can advise you about the procedures for OPT!

January 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon

February 2, 4-5:30 p.m.

February 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

February 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon

February 11, 2-3:30 p.m.

February 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

February 25, 3-4:30 p.m.

March 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

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Get your W-2s!

If you worked and got paid during the 2014 calendar year, you should receive a W-2 from your employer within the next several weeks. This W-2 is required to file taxes, which all persons in the US (international students too!) must do by April 15, 2015. More information about how to file your taxes will be made available on the ISS website in February.

Current Students: If you worked at CWRU and got paid during the 2014 calendar year, the university will generate your W-2 and send it to your address as listed in the Student Information System (SIS). You must make sure that your current address is listed in SIS to ensure that your W-2 is sent to the proper address.

Alumni: If you received payment from CWRU during the 2014 calendar year, you must also make sure that your address is properly listed in SIS to receive the W-2.

International Student Services

143 Tomlinson Hall
216.368.2517
international@case.edu

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