Current Franklin International Students

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!




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, like the Dublin Irish Festival and Columbus’ India Festival this weekend.  Let us know how you’re spending your time at

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

If you are eligible, act quickly to apply! Application instructions are at

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