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September 2016 International Student Newsletter:

Greetings from Sara, Stay Connected, Center for Global Education student employee staff, New Mail System at Edgewood, 5 Reminders for the New Semester, OPT Workshop, and How to Update Your Address.  



Greetings from Sara

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year!  This semester we are happy to welcome 16 new international students from China, Germany, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Zambia.

Best wishes for a wonderful year at Edgewood!



Stay Connected

Check your Edgewood email, the CGE website, and the CGE Facebook page to stay informed about fun events and important announcements. 
 



Center for Global Education student employee stuff!

The Center for Global Education (CGE) has a new student employee staff this year.  When you come to the CGE, you will likely be greeted by Rami Alharbi or Emily Armstrong. Rami will primarily be working with international student services and Emily will focus on study abroad. Our student employees can answer basic questions and connect you with resources.
New Mail System at Edgewood

Starting NOW:  If you receive mail at Edgewood College, you will need to pick it up in the Edgewood College Mail Center on the first floor of DeRicci Hall. This includes WPS insurance bills and all other forms of mail that have previously come to the Center for Global Education.  
 
How you will get your mail from the Edgewood College Mail Center?
  • You will receive an email from the Mail Center.
  • *If your mail is not picked-up within 10 days, it will be returned to the sender.

*We suggest you contact all companies that send you mail to ensure your mail is going to the proper location (i.e. your current U.S. address).   

Note: All immigration documents (DS-2019’s and I-20’s etc.) can still be picked-up in the Center for Global Education. You will be notified by email when these are ready and can come get them during regular office hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
 


Stay in Status

5 Reminders for the New Semester!

1. Notify CGE within 10 days of moving to a new address by submitting a Personal Information Update  to the CGE.  You don’t need to notify the Registrar’s Office—just submit the update to the CGE and we’ll take care of the rest!     

2. Enroll in a full course load each semester (12 undergraduate, 9 Master’s credits, 6 doctoral credits). Last day to add a class online in Edgewood Express for the fall semester was August 31. Last day to withdraw from a Fall semester class without receiving an F is October 28. 
 
3. Email Sara if you change your major (your major field of study should be correctly reflected on your I-20). If by changing your major, you will need more time to complete your program, you should apply for an extension (see #4).

4. If you will not complete your academic program by the completion date on your I-20 or DS-2019, submit an Application for Extension of I-20 BEFORE the program end date.  

5. Carry a valid passport (one that will not expire in the next 6 months).
 


Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

September 13 at 3:30 pm in Predolin 214

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an optional benefit that students in F-1 status can apply for to receive permission for temporary employment in the U.S. 

December 2016 graduates should attend the OPT Workshop on Tuesday, September 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Predolin 214. May 2017 graduates can attend either this workshop or the next OPT workshop in early February. All interested students must attend an OPT workshop before applying for OPT.
 
For more information about OPT, read the 
“F-1 Internships and Off-Campus Employment” section of the CGE website.



UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS!

Please follow these important reminders for updating your contact information when you change your address or phone number! 
1.  Submit an online Personal Information Update Form to the Center for Global Education within 10 days of moving to a new address or changing your phone number.  Remember this a requirement of your F-1 and J-1visas! 


2.  Update your phone number and email address with the Edgewood Eagle Alert System.  
Eagle Alerts are notifications to students in the event of an emergency on campus, including severe weather that results in cancellation of classes. The Eagle Alert system sends text messages to cell phones, voicemail to cellphones, and voicemail to home phones to provide critical safety information to the Edgewood College community.

Login to Edgewood Express to sign up for Eagle Alerts, or to confirm your contact information is correct. Note: If you change your phone number or email address in Eagle Alerts, it will NOT change any other contact information you have listed with the College. Use the online Personal Information Updates Form above to change your contact information for SEVIS, college communication regarding classes, billing, or other Edgewood College business.   
 
3.  Update your address with your health insurance company. If you are enrolled in Edgewood's health insurance policy for international students (WPS), your health insurance card will arrive to the Edgewood College Mail Center.  You should create an online account with WPS to update your address.  When you update your address with WPS, they will mail important insurance documents and bills directly to your apartment or residence.  www.wpsic.com  (click “Members” then click “Register Today”)
 
4. Other Resources:  If you have recently moved, remember to update your new address with any person or organization that sends you mail.  Here is a list to help get you started:  Center for Global Education, health insurance company, doctors and dentists, utilities such as gas and electricity, cell phone company, bank, credit card companies, Department of Motor Vehicles (your driver's license), magazines, clubs and associations, U.S. Postal Service, and of course, friends and family.  Also, check out this website for more information on moving to a new address in the U.S. https://www.usa.gov/moving#item-37197 
 
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