Current Franklin International Students

Congratulations, New Graduates!

You made it! You finished your degree, and you are ready to take on the world!

We in OISP are so proud of our graduates – you have committed yourselves to earning a degree far from home, in a different educational system, and often in another language.  You have persisted through all the obstacles that can make earning a foreign degree and being an international student so difficult yet so rewarding.

As you prepare for the next chapter in your life, let us know how you are doing.  Post pictures of your graduation at, join our alumni network at, and prepare for your OPT work experience with the resources at

Thank you for sharing this time of your life with us, and best wishes for your future!

Your friends in the Office of International Students and Programs at Franklin University

Summer Grad Apps Due plus OPT Applications Start

If you are graduating this Summer Trimester, please remember that Graduation Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 16.  See details at  Applying for graduation is mandatory to graduate!

If you are an F-1 student planning to apply for OPT work authorization, applications can begin being submitted to USCIS on Monday, May 16.  Review details and prepare your application packet using information at


F-1 Students: SEVIS Registration Deadline Soon

F-1 Students, please remember that OISP is required to register you in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) every term.  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.

OISP will be reviewing enrollment data and registering you in SEVIS if you are enrolled full-time.  If you have been enrolled full-time for two trimesters in a row, you may be eligible for a break or “vacation” term.  Please be sure to email if you are planning to take a break term during Summer Trimester or are having any complications that may prevent you from enrolling full-time as required.  We will be following up with you individually if we notice you are not enrolled and not eligible for a break term.

Thank you in advance to those who have already registered full-time!

Global Issues Interest Group – Coffee Hour

Hello, International Students,

Are you interested in what is going on in the world, do you care about our neighbors in other countries, are you interested in environmental issues and international relations in general? Would you like to network with your peers and faculty? Then, the Global Issues Interest Group is the perfect opportunity for you!

Every second Tuesday of the month, the Library and OISP will host a Global Issues Coffee Hour.

Come right before class, grab a coffee and discuss a topic in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

When: May 10, 2016, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Phillips Hall

Topic: Quality Education, Dr. Christopher Washington

See you at the Coffee Hour!


Global Issues Interest Group Flyer


Welcome to Summer Trimester!

Taking classes in summer is an exciting time for new students to start, and it can be an invigorating time for current students to make progress on their degree programs.

Whether trying new foods at local farmers’ markets, catching some sun at our Metro Parks, or taking a weekend to enjoy the Hocking Hills or Lake Erie regions, there is much to enjoy about summer in Ohio!

How will you be spending your summer?  Watch for fun opportunities and share pictures of your summer in Columbus at

International Coffee Hour: On Campus Employment

Hello, international students,

Do you want to find out more about On-Campus Employment? Come to our coffee hour and meet Leah Neidhart, Director of Recruiting who will talk to you about on-campus opportunities, the types of positions available at Franklin and the application process. She could also give you tips for resume writing.

When:        Wednesday, April 27 from 4-5pm
Where:       Phillips Hall, room 121

We would also like to remind you that Bridget is about to go on maternity leave and she will be out for several months. Take this opportunity to get to know the OISP team who will work with you during Bridget’s absence.

Please confirm your attendance at to make sure we’ll have enough coffee! :-)

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Summer Trimester Starts Next Week

Winter is Coming

If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones books or TV series, you have heard, “Winter is Coming.”  But here at Franklin, it’s our Summer that is coming!

Summer Trimester begins April 25.  Many classes begin next week, including most courses in accounting, math, and computer science.  If you are planning to enroll in classes this summer, check out the course schedule at   Register online through myFranklin or by contacting your Academic Advisor before the courses begin.

Graduating at the end of Summer? Prepare for OPT!

Students who will be graduating at the end of the Summer Trimester – congratulations!  If you are an F-1 student, use the time before Summer Trimester starts to prepare to apply for OPT.  Review OISP’s new “Learn How to Navigate OPT” materials and activities at  Be sure to complete Module 1 as soon as possible and Module 2 before your Summer Trimester classes get too busy!

Good luck!

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