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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Become a SAL Ambassador!

The Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) office is hosting information sessions for the new SAL Ambassador Program. Find out more at information sessions on 2/27 and 3/18.

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Arthur Chu, Jeopardy Champ, is back!
A Day with local Jeopardy! Champ and Cultural Critic, Arthur Chu

Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Interfraternity Congress & Panhellenic Council, the Office of Residence Life and Services, University Program Board, the Office of Greek Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Hall Association and the Upper Class Community Council

Becoming a Catalyst for Change in Digital Spaces: A Lunch Workshop with Arthur Chu and Alex Leslie (CRCC)

Friday, February 20, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Center for Women, Tinkham Veale University Center, room 248 Arthur Chu and Alex Leslie (Director of Prevention Services at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center) will discuss digital presence and the growing problem of abusive language and behavior in video games, online forums, comment sections, and all throughout our digital footprints. The skills that it takes to interrupt abuse in person could potentially aid us in preventing harassment and abuse in digital spaces. Space is limited! Lunch will be provided.

Chat with Chu!

Friday, February 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Center for Women, Tinkham Veale University Center, room 248 Have a question? Arthur will be hanging out at the Center ready to talk with anyone who stops by! Snacks will be provided.

#NotAllMen: What It Means to be One of the Good Guys

A Men's-Only Conversation with Arthur Chu Friday, February 20, 4:00-6:30 p.m., 309 Clark Hall

  • "I'm not a rapist, I'm not a creep, I'm not a pervert - so why do I constantly feel attacked by feminists for stuff I didn't do?"
  • "What do you expect me to do to stop guys who hurt women? I'm not a superhero."
  • "Feminism and women's issues - that's not a place where I feel welcome."

From Arthur: Sound familiar? I've been there, you've been there. Thinking of yourself as a good guy, wanting to be a good guy, wanting to protect and support the women in your life you love—but feeling like you don't know where to start. Come for a talk about why feminism matters, what it means to be a "male ally" and what attitudes and habits we need to develop if we want to make a better world for all of us. Dinner provided. Open to men students only.

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UPDATE: Tax Forms & Glacier Tax Prep is Available

It's time to file your 2014 income taxes and ISS can help make the process a little easier.

ALL individuals in F and J status must file taxes, including spouses, young children, and even if you haven't earned any income!

Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) is a tax-return-preparation software program designed primarily for international students and other educational visaholders. It can help you prepare your U.S. federal income tax return and assist you in preparing Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

You may access GTP and begin preparing your federal return by visiting myServices and logging in using your Case network ID and password. The service is provided as a convenience to CWRU international students.

For more information, visit our Information on Filing Taxes page.

Please keep in mind that the US citizen codes in SIS are what prompt the generation of the 1098-T by CWRU's Financial Services Office. 1098Ts are generated for US citizens and Permanent Residents automatically. 1098Ts are not automatically generated for international students; the university is only required to provide 1098Ts to international students (nonresident aliens) upon their request per guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

1042-S forms will be prepared by March 15 and sent to students.

For more information regarding the 1098-T, please visit Financial Services website.

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Phase II of the International Strategic Plan Open For Comments

The Center for International Affairs invites the campus community to review and discuss the current draft of Phase II of the plan for internationalization. Phase II of the plan for internationalization, which can be read in full here, has been developed incorporating and building upon the existing guiding principles of Phase I, the achievements of the past four years, and the changing needs of CWRU and its constituents. The Center is hosting an open forum for students where recommendations for Phase II of the plan for internationalization will be presented and the campus community is invited to deliberate and provide input:

Monday, March 2 2015
3:30-5 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Room 134 (Senior Classroom)

Phase II of the Plan for Internationalization concentrates more on graduate and professional students, research, and alumni. In addition, Phase II contains several specific recommendations—such as the recommendation regarding communication—that will provide the infrastructure and support to move the university towards its objective of fully realizing its international potential.

We look forward to the discussion and welcome feedback from all students!

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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 (click view calendar to view all workshops). 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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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 website calendar (click view 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.

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.

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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April: Grad/Professional Appreciation Week

Graduate and professional students are integral components of our institution's success, and it is important to let them know how much their contributions are appreciated. Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of over 5,500 graduate students at CWRU by sponsoring a program to recognize your students, take them to lunch, or contact our office for appreciation ideas!

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