Current Franklin International Students

Room mate wanted

An international student is looking for a room mate. He has a very nice apartment (Woodlands Apartments) with two beds and two baths. The rent will be 400 + electricity. Please contact us if you are interested.

Enjoy the week off!

Don’t forget! Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14 is the official break between Summer and Fall Trimesters.

Enjoy the quiet time between the trimesters, or make use of the time to prepare for fall.  Remember that some offices at the university, such as the Student Learning Center or Franklin University Nationwide Library, may have modified hours over the break.   Be sure to check the Franklin University website for break week hours.

Looking for ways to spend your week in Columbus?  Check out local events at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/events/, like the Dublin Irish Festival and Columbus’ India Festival this weekend.  Let us know how you’re spending your time at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinUniversityOISP/.

Quick STEM Reminder: August 8 Deadline

This is a quick reminder to alumni currently on OPT with a 17-month STEM extension.  Monday, August 8 is the last day to submit an application to USCIS to extend your 17-month extension to 24 months.  To be eligible for the additional 7 months, you must:

  • have a STEM degree (such as from Franklin’s Computer Science or Information Technology programs)
  • be approved for the 17-month extension
  • have at least 150 days remaining on your current EAD card  (If your OPT EAD card expires before January 2017, you are not eligible for the extension.)
  • work for an employer that is enrolled in USCIS’ E-Verify employment eligibility verification program
  • work more than 20 hours per week for the eVerify employer
  • have an I-983 training plan signed by your employer

Learn more at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-determining-stem-opt-extension-eligibility.

If you are eligible, act quickly to apply! Application instructions are at http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/files/2016/03/Module-4-STEM-Extension-24rjrwo.pdf.

Winter 2016 Grads: Grace Period Ending Soon

A quick reminder to F-1 students: your grace period to remain in the country normally ends 60 days after your graduation.  For our F-1 students who graduated in May at the end of Winter Trimester, this would be July 21.

The US government has established this time for you to make arrangements to depart the country while in legal status or to finalize other ways to remain in the country in legal status, such as applying for OPT work authorization, gaining admission to another education program, or changing immigration status.

Check out the information at http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/files/2016/03/Module-4-OPT-Ending-Resources-27fy6d0.pdf; while geared toward students completing OPT, much of the information may be relevant if you are not pursuing OPT at this time.

If you have any questions about your grace period, please contact OISP before the end of your grace period!

Fall registration for current students begins on July 5

Good morning!

Just a friendly reminder: Fall Registration for new students begins today, Fall registration for current students begins July 5.

Know the classes you need to take?  Register online through myFranklin.  Not sure which classes you should take?  Contact your Academic Advisor for suggested courses or an updated Personal Education Plan.  Undergraduate advisors can be reached at advising@franklin.edu; graduate advisors can be reached at graduate.advising@franklin.edu, or you can call 1.614.797.4700 to schedule an appointment to speak with your advisor by phone or in person.

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