Office of International Students & Programs

Current Franklin International Students

Student seeking a roommate close to campus!

OISP would like to share that we have a Male student from Thailand who is seeking a roommate.  The student would prefer to live close to Franklin’s campus.  If interested, please email  Katelyn Summerford will connect you with the student!

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!

International Student Organization – First Meeting Held

The first meeting of the new international student organization was held on September 30, 2014 from 4-5PM in Frasch Hall, room 312.  Six interested Franklin students were in attendance.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the commencement of a new student organization which will be run by and for the international student population at Franklin University.  The purpose of the new organization is to offer a sense of belonging to international students at Franklin University by providing social support through shared experiences and diverse perspectives.  Read meeting notes (International Student Organization Meeting Notes 2014.09.30) and follow OISP on Facebook ( for more information about upcoming activities!

Graduating this semester? Apply for OPT!

Hello F-1 international students,

If you are completing your degree requirements at the end of this current Fall 2014 semester now is the perfect time to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). You can learn more about the process and get most of it done by visiting the following website and closely viewing all the instructions.

Female roommate wanted, Housing available.

Posting this on behalf of a female undergraduate international student:
Room in nice apartment available immediately for female. Room and apartment are fully furnished and move in ready. Two bedroom apartment with basement, washer and dryer and dishwasher. Located in Whitehall. Rent for the apartment is $543. Occupant responsible for paying half the rent and utilities. Email if interested.