Current Franklin International Students

Updated break term policy

Hello, F1-students,

Historically, Franklin University has offered a fifteen-week schedule of classes during the Summer Trimesters, with some classes overlapping the end of the Winter Trimester. Beginning in Summer 2017, the University will be condensing its Summer Trimester into twelve weeks. This schedule change will eliminate the overlap of any classes from Winter Trimester to Summer Trimester. Corresponding with the schedule adjustment, the Office of International Students and Programs is implementing a Summer Break Term schedule that will affect all F1 students.

What does this mean to you and how does it affect maintaining your status?

  • F-1 students will only be eligible for an official break term in Summer Trimesters.
  • F-1 students who started in the Winter 2017 Trimester are eligible for a break term in Summer 2017 Trimester.
  • Students who first enroll at the University during a Summer Trimester or who first obtain F-1 status during a Summer Trimester will need to enroll in three consecutive trimesters to be eligible for a break term the following Summer.
  • As always, F-1 students are able to enroll in courses during the break term but are not required to enroll in a full-time courseload. Student may apply for any number of credits and online courses if they choose to attend, but will also need to attend in the Fall and Winter term.
  • Course offerings may vary from the standard offerings during the Fall and Winter Trimesters; therefore, it will be important to plan your course schedule with your Academic Advisor.

Please remember that taking a break outside of the summer term will result in a failure to maintain your F1 status. If you plan to travel during such a break, always make sure your documents are up to date. If you are in doubt, contact OISP.

Health insurance cards

Hi, international students,

The ones of you who have already registered for winter classes can pick up their health insurance cards at the Front Desk at Student Services. Health insurance brochures are also available there.

You can also download the cards and print them yourself at

Remember that you can find the most important information about your insurance coverage at our blog.

Make sure you get your card before the Winter Break!

Have a good weekend!

Pick up you health insurance brochure

Hello F-1 students,

Your health insurance brochures can now be picked up at the Front Desk at Student Services. You can also check out the most important information about your coverage at our blog.

We would like to emphasize that CVS minute clinics are considered our Student Health Center which means you will not be charged a co-pay if you go there. MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care. No appointment is needed. You can find the nearest minute clinic at

Please be aware that routine physicals, routine dental care or routine eye care are not covered by the insurance plan. If you like to have additional coverage the Harbor Group will be happy to help you.

Thank you,

Winter registrations opens today!

Winter registration opens today. Make sure you are registering for classes. If you have any questions please contact your academic advisor.

F-1 students: Please remember that you will need to register for a full-time course load to maintain your immigration status. (Undergraduates: 12 credit hours; Graduates: 6 credit hours)

If you are considering a break term please contact OISP to determine if you are eligible. You can also find more information about break terms here.


Information Session about your Health Insurance

Hello F1-students,

We are happy to announce that we will have an Information Session about your Health Insurance Coverage next week Wednesday, October 19 at 4pm.

Tom St. Denis II from the Harbour Group will be presenting the new insurance coverage information and address general questions. This is also your chance to pick up a booklet outlining the coverage!

Please RSVP before Monday, October 17 by clicking here.

The room will be announced soon.

If you did not receive an email with your health insurance card attached please check your spam and clutter folders!

See you next week!


F-1 Student Reminder

Near the start of each trimester, OISP is required to update the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record for each F-1 student.  We must indicate whether you are enrolled full-time, eligible for a break term, or otherwise not required to be enrolled full-time, such as on approved medical leave or concurrently attending another school.

OISP is currently in the process of reporting F-1 students’ registration activity for Fall Trimester.  Please be sure to email if you are having any complications that may prevent you from enrolling full-time as required.

If you have been enrolled full-time for two trimesters in a row, you may be eligible for a break or “vacation” term.  If you are planning to take a break term during Fall Trimester, please be sure to notify OISP in writing via  We will be following up with you individually if we notice you are not enrolled and not eligible for a break term.

Thank you for promptly registering in a full-time load of classes!

Welcome to Fall Trimester!

At the start of a new academic year, there is always so much energy and excitement.  New students arrive from around the world, and experienced students begin preparing for their final classes.  As we begin this new year together, I encourage you to reflect on how you got to this moment in your life.  Whether you just crossed an ocean for the first time or just passed a really difficult class, take time to be proud of your accomplishments!

I wanted to call your attention to a few topics this week:

  1. New international students: We welcomed our first group of new students for the academic year at orientation on Wednesday, August 24.  We had the opportunity to meet a great group of students that day.  What a diverse group from around the world: China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, The Gambia, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe! Thank you for joining us at Franklin.  We will welcome a second group of new students on Thursday, September 14.  Please warmly welcome our newest arrivals by posting a hello on our Facebook page!
  2. Health insurance: Franklin University has once again partnered with The Harbour Group to offer health insurance for our F-1 students and their dependents.  New this year, our plan will by administered by ACE American Insurance Company.  You should experience little to no disruption to your coverage or providers, and health insurance claims will be submitted to ACE for billing.  We are scheduling an insurance information session to update you on the changes, and we will post a notification when the session schedule is finalized.
  3. On-campus employment: Franklin University’s Human Resources department invites you to apply for student job postings on campus.  Check out the available positions on Franklin’s Careers page.  On-campus jobs are a great way to build American work experience while earning money to help pay for your education.
  4. Housing: Several students have expressed interest in finding roommates.  We created a social media forum  for you to post opportunities to live with other students.  You can find it on Facebook; be sure to follow the OISP Facebook page and “like” the post to follow the topic.

Finally, I want to send everyone a quick reminder to keep you Franklin records updated.  F-1 students are required to inform us of any address changes within 10 days of moving.  If you do move, please update your address through the MyTools link in MyFranklin.  If you change immigration status, please send a copy of your confirmation documents to OISP so that we can update your file.

We look forward to a wonderful 2016-2017 academic year with you!




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