October 2016 International Student Newsletter:

Last Day to Drop a Class, Fall Break, Halloween, and International Education Week, Presidential Election.

Last Day to Drop a Class

  • Friday, October 28 is the last day to withdraw from a fall semester class.
  • Friday, November 18 is the last day to withdraw from a Session 2 class.
If you are considering dropping a class, please remember that F-1 and J-1 students must enroll in a full course load each semester.

Undergraduates Students – minimum of 12 credits
Master's Students – minimum of 9 credits
Doctoral Students 
minimum of 6 credits

Even if you have approval from your academic advisor, CGE must approve your Application for Reduced Course Load BEFORE you drop below a full course load. For complete details visit the CGE website .
Note: Reduced Course Load applications may take 2 weeks to process.

Fall Break
There will be no classes on October 3-4 to celebrate Fall Break!  The College,
including the residence halls and dining services, will remain open, but you get a break from classes.  Please note that Phil’s and Wingra will be open but will have
limited hours.  Enjoy the 4-day weekend!


Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31. It originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain to celebrate the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter. In the 9th Century AD, the Catholic Church designated November 1 as All Saints Day and kept the night before (Oct. 31) “hallowed” or holy.  Over time the secular and religious traditions have merged and Halloween has become synonymous with costumes, candy, ghosts and pumpkins!
Throughout the U.S. families with children often participate in traditional Halloween trick-or-treating in the late afternoon and evening of October 31st.  Children visit neighborhood homes in hopes of filling their bags with candy!  Many college students in Madison also celebrate by dressing in costumes.  If you take part in Halloween festivities, please exercise caution and be mindful of safety.

Halloween Events at Edgewood:
Fall Fest Block Party    Thursday,  October 20   *
Halloween Movie Night   
Friday, October 21  *
English Association Halloween Party!  Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:30 pm in Nona McGreal Room
Murder Mystery   Friday, October 28 * 

* For more events and info please go to Wingra Weekly Announcement in Edgewood Express or contact the Office of Students Involvement at


Upcoming November Events: International Education Week!

Save the Date: November 14 - 17, 2016

Join the Center for Global Education in celebrating International Education Week! The week’s events will be announced in October and encourage all international students to attend or involved in some way. Email Hannah Lloyd by October 10th if you would like to host an event during this week or be a part of the planning process.


The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Brief Overview

Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Every four years the citizens of the United States elect or re-elect the leader of this country.  Voters should educate themselves about the candidates’ positions and make a decision on which candidate best represents their values, beliefs and interests.  Voting is strongly encouraged to U.S. citizens, but it is not mandatory.

Who are the candidates?
The candidates from the two main political parties are:
Hillary Clinton and Vice Presidential running mate, Tim Kaine  (Democratic Party)
Donald Trump and Vice Presidential running mate, Michael Pence (Republican Party)

What is the Electoral College?
The Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States. The electors are chosen by each state (535 electors) and by the District of Columbia (3 electors).   The Constitution of the United States specifies the number of electors to which each state is entitled and state legislatures decide how they are chosen. A candidate needs the more than half (270) of the votes of electors to win the Presidential election.

Who can vote in Wisconsin?
In general, U.S. citizens above the age of 18, who have resided at their current WI address for at least 28 days, have registered to vote, and have a current photo ID are eligible to vote. Voters need to go to a specific polling station (based on where they live) to cast their ballot in-person on Election Day.  There are other voting options for people who are travelling outside the U.S. or who are not able to make it to their polling location on Election Day.

How can I learn more?
There are many good resources to learn more about the upcoming elections.  Watch for announcements in Wingra Weekly for election related events happening at Edgewood. You can also check out these websites:

As members of the global community, it is important we pay attention to the current events of our time. History is in the making and we are all a part of it!

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