Office of International Students & Programs

Current Franklin International Students

Goodbye from Tamer Khadre

Hello International Students!

Today is my last day serving at Franklin University. It has been nothing less than a privilege to work here for the past 9 years.  Most of all I will miss my time working with the bright and talented international students who have chosen to make Franklin University the place they receive their education. It has been a pleasure to come to know you and your families and I believe that each and every one of you can and will go forth to do great things. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your life and education in my own small way. Franklin University is a great place to get an education and I leave you in the capable hands of the rest of the staff in the international office. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and I’ll see you all later!


Tamer Khadre

Want to help new students?

Several opportunities to welcome new students are upcoming – would you want to be involved?


Thursday, August 27: New International Student Orientation 1

Stop by for lunch to welcome new international students for the Fall Trimester.  Lunch is scheduled for noon in Frasch Hall 416.  Let us know you’ll be coming so we can order enough pizza!

Tuesday, September 1: Pre-Departure Orientation 

OISP will be hosting a video webcast for students who will be arriving later in the Fall and Winter Trimesters.  We will share immigration considerations, like visa interview tips, as well as tips on moving to Columbus and getting started at Franklin.  Interested in learning what a video webcast looks like?  Check out our first foray into video webcasting at  If you are interested in participating on camera, let us know!

Thursday, September 17: New International Student Orientation 2

Welcome our late Fall Trimester arrivals, including MBA and MCM students by joining us for lunch!  Again, let us know you’ll be joining us so we prepare enough food.

Tuesday, September 22: Virtual Orientation

Have you taken an online or hybrid class?  Have any tips?  OISP will again be using our video webcasting platform to host a virtual orientation online.  The virtual orientation will focus on new students who will be attending Franklin online from their home country or our international students who want additional information about being successful in online and hybrid courses at Franklin University.

If you are interested in participating in any of these events, please reply to this blog post or send us an email at, subject line: Orientation.  We look forward to sharing your valuable perspective with new students!

OPT and STEM OPT Update for STEM students

OPT and STEM OPT Update for STEM students


Please note: the following information is only relevant to students who are studying in our Information Technology or Computer Science programs at either the graduate or undergraduate level.

Information on August 12, 2015 U.S. District Court ruling on STEM OPTDear Students,You may have heard about the recent court case about STEM OPT. We want to reassure you that this has no immediate impact on OPT and STEM OPT. If you are currently on OPT or STEM OPT, you should continue working and continue to maintain status by reporting employment and address changes to our office. We will continue to process new OPT and STEM OPT applications as usual.

Since the court case just came out, there is much speculation, but we want you to know:

  • We understand how important OPT and STEM OPT are to international students.
  • We are watching this situation carefully and working with experts to understand how this effects Franklin University students.

The Summary

This week a U.S. District Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow the rules when they enacted the regulation that created the 17 month STEM OPT extension. DHS has been given 6 months to fix this mistake. If DHS does not fix the mistake by February 12, 2016, the regulation allowing for STEM OPT will be cancelled.

More Information



When does this decision go into effect?

The court decision is effective February 12, 2016. Until that time or until a new regulation is issued, the current regulation is in effect.

Is it possible for the Department of Homeland Security to fix or change this by February 12th?

Yes, it is legally possible for DHS to issue a proper regulation before the February deadline. We are waiting for DHS comment and will update you with new information as it becomes available.

What will happen after February 12, 2016?

At this point, we don’t know. We are waiting for DHS response are working with experts in the field. We will provide updates on this blog as soon as we have more information.

I am currently working on OPT. What does this mean for me?

You should continue working and continue to maintain F-1 status by reporting employment updates and changes in your residential address to our office.

I am currently working on STEM OPT extension. How does this affect me?

You should continue working and continue to maintain F-1 status by reporting employment updates and changes to your residential address to our office.

My application for OPT or STEM OPT extension is pending. How does this decision affect my application?

OPT and STEM OPT applications are being reviewed and processed as usual.

My 12 month OPT time is ending soon, and I was planning to apply for the STEM OPT extension. Can I still apply?

Yes, we will continue to issue STEM OPT I-20s and help students process new STEM OPT applications.

I am a current student who will be graduating soon. What does this ruling mean for me?

We will continue to process new OPT applications as usual. If you are interested in OPT, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible. You can submit an OPT application to USCIS up to 90 days prior to your degree completion.


Opportunity for Computer Science students

Franklin University has teamed up with AT&T and Microsoft to host the  CBusStudentHack_tiny-logo-2aqu6zqinaugural “CBusStudentHack – Coding for Community: Health & Wellness” for Central Ohio high school students in Fall 2015. Twenty-four teams of high school students from the greater Columbus area will be invited to learn Microsoft Touch Develop and compete in developing health and wellness mobile apps. The event will present a great opportunity to engage those schools and students in not only learning to program but also in providing students with 21st century skills.

Computer Science graduate and undergraduate students are invited to volunteer as mentors for the High School teams. This unique experience will bring tremendous benefits to volunteering mentors, including the below:

  • Give back to the community by sharing your technical and professional skills with High Schools students.
  • Give High School students an opportunity to learn how to create technology and maybe help a kid learn how to write their first piece of code!
  • Interact and build connections with great organizations such as AT&T and Microsoft.
  • Opportunity to participate in a 4-hour Microsoft Touch develop workshop and get trained on Touch Develop directly from a Microsoft professional.
  • Learn how to teach HS students to learn and develop mobile apps with Microsoft Touch Develop.
  • Mentor your team to solve problems from October to early December, 2015.
  • Receive digital badges issued by Franklin University and Microsoft (great add-on to your resume).
  • Win great prizes.
  • Gain and polish your soft skills that are highly demanded by employers (again, great to include in your resume).

Mentor responsibilities will include the below:

  • Act as a technical and professional advisor for the mentoring teams.
  • Help mentoring teams with app ideas.
  • Help mentoring teams understand programming basics like variables, data types, control structures, data structures etc.,
  • Help mentoring teams understand and practice soft skills such as team work, presentation, communication, articulating concepts and professionalism.
  • Ensure mentoring teams are on track with deadlines such as the app progress report submission and final submission.
  • Track and report back mentoring team’s progress to the CBusStudentHack committee on a regular basis.
  • Ensure mentoring teams are regularly posting progress on their team blog via Microsoft Azure.
  • Interact directly with Microsoft Touch Develop contacts for any Touch Develop issues that the teams may encounter.

Timeline of commitment:

  • Participate in Microsoft’s 4-hr Touch Develop mentor workshop in September.
  • Coordinate with assigned teams, CBusStudentHack committee and Microsoft to perform above stated responsibilities from October 2nd to December 11th.

Visit our event website for more information:

If you would like to be part of this great experience and give High School kids a skill for life, you can volunteer as a mentor by signing up at the below link:

Should you have any questions, contact Dr. Chunbo Chu at

New Information Posted! – New International Student Orientation Manual Posted Under the Orientation Tab and Health Insurance Tab Launched

Dear newly enrolled international students, for your convenience we have uploaded the New International Student Orientation Manual under the Newly Accepted Students tab under the subsection of International Student Orientation. Please refer to this prior to and after attending your upcoming orientation session and ask questions as they arise. Additionally, we are working on building a subsection of the Current Students tab specifically for health insurance. Please keep checking this tab as we work on updating the heath insurance information for Fall 2015! We hope this helps you begin your academic endeavors at Franklin Orientation and we look forward to welcoming you at the respective orientations scheduled for August 27, 2015 and September 17, 2015!

Fall 2015 registration is now open!

Greetings international students,

Registration for the Fall 2015 semester has now opened and we wanted to share some important reminders with you:

– Course registration closes 10 days before each course begins

– 15 week courses including many capstone courses as well as Computer Science, Information Technology and Math subjects begin on September 7

– Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credits every semester, at least 8 of these credits have to be on campus

– Graduate students must take a minimum of 6 credits every semester, at least 4 of these credits have to be on campus

– You can register online on your student portal or by emailed your academic advisor at for undergraduate programs or for graduate programs

– If Fall 2015 is your last semester you must apply for graduation. Every Franklin student must complete a graduation application to receive a diploma, even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. The graduation application can be found through the Web Advisor link in your account. Please note that if you fail to graduate in the trimester for which you apply, you must complete a new application for any subsequent trimester, including required fees.
Due date: Graduation applications for the Fall 2015 term are due no later than 6 p.m. on September 21, 2015. A late application fee will apply after this date. Applications WILL NOT be accepted after October 5th.

International Applicant from India Looking to Connect with Alumni!

With the influx of international student applications, we have received the request from an applicant from India to connect with Franklin OISP alumni from India. This student has worked in the professional sphere for many years and wants to ensure Franklin is a good match for this student. This is a great opportunity to showcase the utility of a Franklin degree and your personalized professional successes while also networking and connecting with other professionals. Please contact the OISP office to connect with this student.

Happy Ramadan!

Thursday June 18 marks the beginning of the Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Here in Ohio many will be completely abstaining from food and drink from approximately 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM. To all our Muslim students we wish you the best during this time and Ramadan Mubarak.happy-ramadan-pink-background

Franklin College and Career Fair

On Tuesday, May 26, Franklin will hold its second College and Career Fair from 4-7 p.m. in Ross Auditorium. The event is free and open to Franklin alumni, students and prospective students. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to meet more than 30 potential employers,
explore academic and career options, and get the inside scoop from faculty, alumni and advisors. In addition, attendees can:

• Visit with faculty from Franklin University’s three academic colleges
• Connect skills and talents to career interests
• Meet recruiters with open positions for the right candidates
• Make the insider connections critical for landing a job
Learn more and see a complete list of participating companies at

The College Open House will begin at 4 p.m. and the Job Fair starts
at 4:30 p.m. More than 30 companies and organizations have asked to
be a part of this event, including:
American Business Solutions
Bed Bath & Beyond
Blue Technologies
BoldlyGO HR
Cardinal Health
City of Columbus Div. of Police
City of Columbus Div. of Fire
Discover Financial
Franklin University
Mettler Toledo
Mills James Productions
Manifest Solutions
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Novogradac & Company
Ohio Dept. of Commerce
Peace Corps
PNC Bank
Robert Half
Safelite Group
Telhio Credit Union
Time Warner
Total Quality Logistics
Toyota Direct
U.S. Marine Corps
Western Southern Life

Networking Organizations include:
American Marketing Association
National Black MBA
Columbus Young Professionals Club
Institute of Internal Auditors

On campus employment opportunity for MSCS students

Job opportunity for students in the Masters of Science in Computer Science program. Franklin University is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the M.S. – Computer Science program.  The Graduate Assistant will complement their formal studies by assisting with faculty research, teaching, instructional design, and administrative responsibilities at a global University recognized for its leadership in designing and delivering engaging and applied online education. Details in the link below: