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The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is located in 143 Tomlinson and open all year- Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.- except for University holidays.

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

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

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Promoting Intercultural Exchange at Case

Want to get involved on campus and learn what ISS is all about? We have dozens of programs and events that are designed to ease your transition at Case. Check out our ongoing programs and services!

We can assist you with:

  • Immigration
  • Academic help and objectives
  • Advice on housing, financial, and legal matters
  • Leadership resources and programs
  • Intercultural exchange

Read more about ISS and the services we provide.

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Run the Hudson Relays

Have you heard about the over 100 year old campus tradition called the Hudson Relays?

Each year, classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors) battle it out in a campus wide relay race. If a class wins 4 years straight they receive steak and champagne, 3 years—-burgers and beer, all from President Barbara Snyder. This year the Senior Class of 2014 will be attempt a 3 year victory.

But, Alumni and Graduate Students can participate on their own teams too and the competition is heating up as we lead up to the April 26 event! Will the Seniors win? Or will the Graduate team break their streak?

To run a leg, volunteer, or learn more contact Liam Dunn ljd33@case.edu.

And look out for more info to come about the after party for graduates at ABC the Tavern!

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Download CWRU Shield App

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety, Case Western Reserve's Police and Security Services Department launched CWRU Shield, a free smartphone application that allows users to:

  • Report emergencies to the nearest authorities based on the user's location;
  • Set "safety checks" to alert emergency contacts if they do not respond to the app's timed reminders; and
  • Create "iReports" to send campus police photos and/or videos of crimes or potentially dangerous situations.

If you download the application on your smartphone, you can have access to many discounts on and around campus through May 9. To learn more about how CWRU Shield works and about the coupons offered, visit the CWRU police website for more information.

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Last chance: 1st Year/Senior Survey

1. Did you know?

At CWRU, international undergraduates are less likely to participate in surveys compared to domestic undergraduates. This makes it difficult for administrators to study the experience of international students and make changes for the better.

2. Reminder: Last Chance to Participate in a National Study about First-Year Students

On March 27, first-year students who were at least 18 years old received an e-mail from Provost Baeslack inviting them to participate in the national survey,Your First College Year. This survey is administered regularly at CWRU and has been used to improve the first-year program. Students also received e-mail reminders from Edwin Mayes (4/3) and Michael Mason (4/10). One final reminder will be sent from Louis Stark, Vice President of Student Affairs, on April 24.

As a result of participating the survey, every participant will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini and every 25th participant will receive a gift card. We appreciate your feedback very much and hope you will take time to respond before leaving campus.

3. Reminder: Last Chance to Participate in a National Study about College Seniors

On March 27, graduating seniors received an e-mail from Provost Baeslack inviting them to participate in theCollege Senior Survey. The survey is administered regularly at CWRU and has been used in the past to improve campus programs and services. Graduating seniors also received e-mail reminders from Associate Vice President, Dean Patterson (4/3) and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Jeffrey Wolcowitz (4/10). A final reminder e-mail will come from Louis Stark, Vice President of Student Affairs, on April 24.

As a token of our appreciation, every participant who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini and every 25th participant will receive a gift card. We appreciate your feedback very much and hope you will take time to respond to the survey before leaving campus.

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UCS X-Roads - Support Group

UCS X-Roads is for students of all ethnic diversities and international backgrounds who are interested in topical presentations and lively discussions! The adjustment to a new environment and academic setting can be challenging in many ways. Many international students experience homesickness, loneliness, academic stress, language and communication difficulties, and even doubts of their own abilities as they experience a normal period of adjustment. This weekly drop-in group provides an opportunity for international students to meet one another, obtain support, guidance and discuss their experiences.

Wednesdays at 3:30 in the Sears Library Building, room 220.

Please note a pregroup meeting is required, please call 216.368.5872 to arrange a time. Leader: Elisaida Mendez, PhD.

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Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival

The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India. It was first celebrated in 1978 and has now grown to be a 12-day festival with more than 8,000 attendees with 2,000 appearing for the opening weekend. The year 2014 is the Festival's 37th year.

The Festival is scheduled, as always, around Easter. This year, it begins on Wednesday, April 16 and continues until Sunday, April 27, 2014.

The festival also features competitions for children and youth in the fields of music, dance, and kathakalakshepam (harikatha).

Tickets will be available at the venue.

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Student Sustained Dialogue Survey

On Behalf of the Sustained Dialogue here at CWRU:

Dear International Students,

Our mission statement:

"Undergraduate minority students are not a priority at CWRU. As a result, there has been a negative impact on success, retention, academia and overall minority undergraduate experience."

We defined minority using a campus definition. In talking with some international students, they believed that international students are treated differently and even segregated from the non-international students in certain situations like orientation and events on campus. There are many intersections and I'm sure we are part of other groups we believe should be/are minority groups. This survey helps us compile data and group it based on how students self-identify in order to present to our administrators. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey by Friday, April 11.

Note: replace the - dot- with a dot.

www.surveymonkey - dot- com/s/6WDGTWH

It would be wonderful to get another perspective, so please do respond as much as you can! Graduation year would be the only identifier. Names are not tied to responses, and the responses will be kept confidential between the members of our SD group.

The core mission of SD is to identify, analyze, and solve problems on campus. We have identified a problem: undergraduate minority students are not a priority at CWRU. As a result, there has been a negative impact on the success, retention, academia, and overall experience of these students. To further our analysis, we need your help! All you have to do is participate in a survey to be part of making CWRU a more comfortable environment. If you are ever uncomfortable with a question, you don't have to reply to it, but the more details, the better!

The end goal of SD is to present both positive and negative experiences of CWRU undergraduate students, and to offer solutions to fix the negative experiences to our administrators with the full support of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and First Year Experience.

Thank you for your participation and feedback!

-Sustained Dialogue Group

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Grad: Join Research Study

Join a research study on educational migration and family life. Conducted by Dr. Susan W. Hinze and Relebohile Morojele, Department of Sociology at CWRU.

This study seeks to understand how international graduate students manage educational requirements and fulfill family and related responsibilities in home countries.

This is a 30 minute semi-structured face-to-face interview. All information is confidential and participation is voluntary.

Contact: Relebohile Morojele <relebohile.morojele@case.edu>

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Italian Film Festival

The seventh annual Italian Film Festival begins next week with the following films being shown:

Thursday, April 3: The Venice Syndrome

Tuesday, April 8: Long Live Freedom

Tuesday, April 15: The Women Worker's War

Thursday, April 24: White as Milk, Red as Blood

At the April 15 showing of Women Worker's War, director Massimo Ferrari will be present for a discussion and Question & Answer session to follow the screening.

All films begin at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Speakers Fund, the Italian program at CWRU, the Italian Club La Dolce Vita, Italian Film Festivals USA, FIAT and the CWRU Film Society. Contact Denise Caterinacci at dmc7@case.edu or 216.368.2374 for additional information.

OPT follow up hours
Didn't Make it to an OPT Workshop?

It's not to late to learn about OPT before graduating this semester! Visit ISS during walk-in hours to discuss your options with an advisor.

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