Office of International Students & Programs

Current Franklin International Students

Condolences to Nepal

To our students from and in Nepal: we continue to keep you, your families, and your country in our thoughts.  This morning faculty and staff gathered for updates from University leadership in our semi-annual University Assembly.  During the assembly, Dr. David Decker reflected on the tragic earthquake in Nepal and called for a moment of silence to honor the victims.

Within OISP, we have deep concern for you, our students, who are impacted.  We have received notices for various fundraising efforts, and many of us within the University are contributing our personal funds to such efforts.  Many of our Nepalese students come to us by way of our online partnership with Silver Mountain Graduate Business School in Kathmandu, and others of you have come independently to the US to study.  Please do let us know if you have special needs or circumstances as a result of this catastrophe.  We are here to advise you on the resources available to you and to provide you moral support.   While you may feel very alone at the moment, please know that we care deeply about your wellbeing.

With my sincere condolences,

Bridget Banaszak

Director of International Students and Programs



Graduating in May? Apply for OPT!


If you are an F-1 student graduating on May 22 now is still an excellent time to be applying for Optional Practical Training. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a work benefit that F-1 students can apply for, usually to begin after they graduate. You can get more information and full instructions at this link:


University closed until January 5, 2105.


The University is closed for from Wednesday December 24 to Monday, January 5. If you have questions please email We will respond as soon as possible starting on January 5.
If you are a global liason and this is an emergency, please contact Suzie Arehart at
If you are an international student and this is an immigration emergency, please text or leave a voice mail on our on-call number at 614-407-6477. Your situation will be reviewed and if it is in need of immediate attention, you will be contacted. If your situation does not demand our immediate intervention we’ll be in touch when we return.

We wish you a happy holiday season and a happy new year!

Thank you.

Mini Resource Fair Thursday, December 18, 2:30-4:00pm

On Thursday, December 18, OISP will be hosting a mini resource fair for international students beginning at 2:30pm and ending at 4pm in Frasch 416. Come talk to representatives from Franklin’s Human Resources office, Joss Data IT consulting firm, the Harbour Group health insurance provider, CORT housing rental, and more!  The fair will coincide with the conclusion of the new international student orientation, so you will, also, have a chance to say hello to our newest international students! Confirm your attendance by commenting on this post.  We hope to see you there!

Franklin University Closed Dec 24 – January 5

Franklin University will be closed from December 24 to January 5 for the annual winter break. During that time you will not be able to access immigration or academic advising services.

– If you need to be in classes that start January 5 you may not be able to register for it after the break. Register now and contact your academic adviser if you need assistance.
– If you are graduating at the end of this current Fall 2014 semester now is a good time to apply for OPT. You can find all the instructions here:
– If you intend to travel and need a travel signature you should obtain the signature now.
– If you intend to pursue an internship or CPT starting January 5 now is the time to complete the paperwork.

As always, plan and work ahead for your success!

Run for Office – Deadline extended for student officer positions!

Do you want to join the new International Student Organization? Are you a leader who can support the new organization as its President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer?

If so, email me at by FRIDAY, November 7 to declare your candidacy.

I will post a list of candidates for each position on OISP’s Facebook page at  Introduce yourself on Facebook (or email me your introduction to post on Facebook), and your fellow student organization members may elect you at the next organization meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, November 18 at 4pm.

More details available on the OISP blog – I look forward to hearing from you!