International Programs, Office of

4092 Faculty/Administration Building; Phone: 313-577-8968
   Fax: 313-577-5666
Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach
   and International Programs
: Ahmad Ezzeddine
Project Manager: Rebecca Journigan
Associate Director: Jaclyn Assarian

Email: oip@wayne.edu

Website: http://www.oip.wayne.edu

 

Academic Progress for International Students

Canadian Students, Commuting

Cross-Cultural Activities

English Language Institute (ELI)

English Language Institute Courses (ELI)

Fulbright Grants

International Faculty and Research Scholars

International Students and Scholars: Health Insurance

International Students and Scholars, New

International Students and Scholars, Office of (OISS)

International Students: Non-immigrant

Study Abroad and Global Programs Office

 

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for coordi­nating the University's resources and expertise to support interna­tional education on and off campus, to expand the university's global presence, and to facilitate the engagement of students, faculty, and staff with its global agenda. It also connects the metropolitan Detroit community with other university constituencies, locally and abroad. OIP encompasses the followings programs and activities: the Office of International Students and Scholars; Study Abroad and Global Programs; and the English Language Institute.

International Students and Scholars, Office of (OISS)

416 Welcome Center; 313-577-3422; Fax: 313-577-2962
Acting Director: Kelli Dixon

Email: oissmail@wayne.edu

Website: http://www.Oiss.wayne.edu

The mission of OISS is to support and enhance the educational, cul­tural, and social experiences of the more than 2000 international stu­dents and scholars at Wayne State University. OISS is the University's main point of contact for issues related to international students and scholars' immigration regulation compliance.

OISS staff advise students and scholars on immigration regulations and issues of cross-cultural adjustment; provide educational, cultural and social programs and activities, including a comprehensive orien­tation program and written materials designed to help arriving stu­dents and scholars achieve their educational and personal goals; assist University departments in the hiring of foreign national employ­ees, consult and interact with University units, governmental organi­zations and other agencies.

Academic Progress for International Students

Department of Homeland Security regulations require:

1) That F-1 and J-1 students maintain a full course of study and make normal academic progress toward program completion at the institution they have been authorized to attend.

2) Graduate students must successfully complete at least eight cred­its each semester (excluding continuing students who qualify for an annual vacation semester during Spring/Summer or have been granted an exception to full-time enrollment). Undergraduate stu­dents must successfully complete at least twelve credits each semester (excluding continuing students who qualify for an annual vacation semester during Spring/Summer or have been granted an exception for full-time enrollment).

3) Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants must successfully complete at least eight credits each semester (excluding students who qualify for a vacation semester during Spring/Summer or an approved annual vacation). If GTAs/GRAs need to take less than eight credits, they must complete the OISS Request for Exception to Full Time Enrollment form and obtain approval from OISS. Students should consult an OISS advisor for details on compliance with this and other requirements.

International Students and Scholars, New

New International Students and Scholars receive the OISS welcome booklet with their visa document (Form I-20 or DS 2019) before they leave their home country. The booklet provides information on a wide variety of important topics such as housing, health insurance, expenses, immigration status, local climate, and air transportation. New students and scholars from abroad must report to OISS as soon as they arrive and must participate in a comprehensive orientation program. This program is designed to meet immediate needs in terms of housing information and University registration procedures; introduce them to U.S. culture and the University's educational sys­tem; and provide information on banking, health insurance, safety, and immigration regulations. In addition, a number of social and rec­reational programs and activities are planned to assist students and scholars in making a smooth transition to their new environment

International Students: Non-immigrant

Before registering for classes, all non-immigrant international stu­dents must report to OISS to complete check-in procedures and have immigration documents reviewed, purchase mandatory health insur­ance (see below), and obtain an orientation schedule. Transferring F-1 students from other U.S. institutions must have their previous school release their Student and Exchange Visitor Information Sys­tem (SEVIS) record to Wayne State University and must complete transfer procedures as provided in the federal regulations within fif­teen days of the first day of class. F-1 students must notify the OISS of any change in name, address, program (including changes in level and field of study), and full-time enrollment. OISS must provide this information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). J-1 exchange visitors, including students, may not make a change in level, field, or category without the advance approval of the Depart­ment of State, and may be precluded from change of visa status until a two-year home country residency requirement is met.

Canadian Students, Commuting

Canadian students (commuters) enrolled less than full time must obtain a part-time I-20 from OISS each semester they are enrolled and should consult with an OISS advisor to determine the impact of their status on future immigration benefits including the availability of practical training.

 

International Faculty and Research Scholars

The University provides foreign professors and research scholars with opportunities to engage in research, teaching, consulting, and lecturing with colleagues at Wayne State; to participate actively in cross-cultural activities; and to share their experience as well as increase their knowledge about the United States, Wayne State Uni­versity, and the metropolitan Detroit community. OISS provides cen­tralized support services necessary to enable and assure the employability of such non-U.S. citizens within government regula­tions. Offers of employment to foreign nationals must be authorized by OISS, and only this Office may sign immigration forms and peti­tions related to employment on behalf of the University. All foreign national employees must complete USCIS Form I-9, 'Employment Eligibility Verification' and present evidence of their identity and employment eligibility at OISS before commencing employment at Wayne State University.

International Students and Scholars:
Health Insurance

416 Welcome Center; 313-577-3422; Fax: 577-2962
Health Insurance Advocate: 313-577-0724

International students and scholars, and their dependents holding F-1/F-2 status and J-1 exchange visitors and their dependents holding J-1/J-2 status are required to comply with the health insurance requirements of the University. Commuting Canadian students may waive the health insurance requirement by providing proof of OHIP coverage prior to each semester of enrollment. The mandatory inter­national insurance program is designed to provide international stu­dents, exchange visitors, and their eligible dependents with continuous insurance protection and access to quality affordable health care services. The University is mandated by federal law to terminate from its program all exchange visitors and their depen­dents who do not meet minimum insurance requirements. For addi­tional information or to purchase health insurance please access the OISS website at http://www.oiss.wayne.edu or contact the Health Insurance Advocate in OISS; telephone: 577-0724 or e-mail oiss­mail@wayne.edu

Insurance for U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident Students and their dependents: U.S. citizen and permanent resident students can purchase the voluntary Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. For more information and/or to purchase the Domestic Health Insur­ance plan, students may go to http://www.oiss.wayne.edu or contact the Health Insurance Advocate in the OISS; telephone: 577-0724 or e-mail oissmail@wayne.edu

Cross-Cultural Activities

The OISS provides cross-cultural activities in order to provide expo­sure to American society, culture, and institutions. Activities include: International Education Week, new international student learning community, a free international coffee hour held in the Activity Room in the Towers Residential Hall every two weeks on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coffee hour provides opportunity for dialogue with and among international students and scholars, American stu­dents, and the WSU community. Other activities include monthly ses­sions on employment options, internships, cross cultural adjustment and more.

Study Abroad and Global Programs Office

906 W. Warren Avenue; 131 Manoogian Hall; 313-577-3207
Director: Kelli Dixon
Email: studyabroad@wayne.edu
Website: http://www.Studyabroad.wayne.edu 

Study Abroad and Global Programs coordinates international educa­tional activities at Wayne State University. Key activities include: 1) the management of WSU faculty-led study abroad programs and exchange agreements; 2) the administration of the Hostelling Inter­national Travel Award for students to encourage international study, research and internship abroad initiatives; 3) the administration for the NSEP - David Boren Scholarship; 4) the administration of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program; 5) the coordination and support of internationally-themed events; and 6) the development and manage­ment of international outreach activities and off-campus programs including agreements between Wayne State University and universi­ties outside the United States.

Study Abroad programs are offered in collaboration between aca­demic departments and faculty of both U.S. and foreign institutions, in order to combine academic study with a cross-cultural learning experience in a foreign environment. A variety of program options have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Pro­grams vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, lan­guage requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

The office provides a full range of support services to students on such issues as program selection, academic planning, registration, credit, financial aid, and cultural adjustment. In addition, program materials have been designed specifically to assist students in pre­paring for their study abroad experience. Books, brochures, catalogs on academic and travel/study programs in foreign countries are avail­able at the Study Abroad Resource Center, including information on Wayne State's thirty-three study abroad programs and other pro­grams sponsored by American and foreign institutions.

Arabic Language and Culture at the Lebanese American Univer­sity, Beirut

This program provides opportunities for WSU students to study Ara­bic language and culture abroad. During the summer, WSU students may take a variety of language and culture classes while living abroad in Lebanon. For information on these programs, contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office, 577-3207 or visit our website at http://www.studyabroad.wayne.edu for current program information.

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a consortium consisting of the fifteen State-supported Michigan public universities, the Michigan Japan Foundation, and Shiga Prefecture. JCMU offers semester- and year-long study opportunities in Hikone, Japan.

The Center's academic program is designed for students interested in acquiring knowledge about Japanese language and culture, including those not majoring in Japanese studies. It provides semi-intensive Japanese language courses and several core courses on Japanese culture to Michigan and other American university stu­dents. Academic credit may be granted by a student's home institu­tion upon successful completion of JCMU courses; independent study is also available. The program also features home-stays in a Japanese community, field trips, and participation in cultural events. For information on this program, contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office, 577-3207 or visit our website at http://www.studyabroad.wayne.edu for current program information

Euram Center (France)

Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, a 1000-year-old abbey is the site for a semester-long study opportunity for Wayne State students. This program is ideal for freshmen and sophomores looking for Gen­eral Education Foreign Culture credit. All courses, with the exception of the foreign language courses, are taught in English. For informa­tion on this program, contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office, 577-3207 or visit our website at http://www.study­abroad.wayne.edu for current program information.

Other International Opportunities: Numerous short-term special international study trips for credit are available to Wayne State stu­dents. Visit our website at http://www.studyabroad.wayne.edu for current program information.

International Students requiring information on study at Wayne State University should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars; see http://www.oiss.wayne.edu

Resource Center, Study Abroad

Books, brochures, catalogs and advising on travel/study programs in foreign countries are available at the Resource Center, including information on Wayne State sponsored study abroad programs and programs sponsored by U.S. and foreign institutions. Course credit is available on approval for many study abroad programs; credit approval usually must be obtained prior to entering a study abroad program.

Honors College: The Irvin D. Reid Honors College has Study Abroad experiences; for information, see the WSU Undergraduate Bulletin.

Fulbright Grants

and other grants for graduate study abroad

The U.S. Fulbright Student program is designed to give recent B.S and B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal growth and inter­national experience. Each year the Fulbright Program allows Ameri­cans to study or conduct research in over 100 nations. Application deadline depends on the specific program but generally it must be submitted to the campus Fulbright advisor by September of the year prior to the foreign study experience. For more information and appli­cation forms, contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office, 906 W. Warren, 131 Manoogian Hall; 313-577-3207. The Fulbright Program website is: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.htm

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program: Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doc­toral students to conduct research in other countries in modern for­eign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. The Ful­bright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program website is: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs/program-summa­ries/fulbright-hays-program

English Language Institute (ELI)

351 Manoogian Hall, (313) 577-2729
Director: Bruce Morgan

Website: http://www.Eli.wayne.edu

As the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area, the English Language Institute (ELI) has specialized in teaching English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world for more than thirty-five years. The ELI is committed to assist­ing individuals at all levels of English proficiency to develop their communication skills in the shortest possible time by using the new­est language-teaching methodology and the most up-to-date audio, video, and computer technology available. Small classes and highly trained instructors make it possible for students to improve their English rapidly and effectively.

Programs

Intensive Program: For students interested in improving their aca­demic skills in a relatively short period of time, the ELI offers up to twenty-four hours per week of instruction at varying levels from beginning to advanced. While beginning levels focus on basic com­municative skills, advanced classes emphasize mastery of the aca­demic skills needed to succeed in the university such as research paper writing, essay test-taking, note-taking, and presenting informa­tion to an audience.

In addition to attending class, ELI students are encouraged to partici­pate in weekly extracurricular activities in order to become integrated into the English-speaking community. Each semester the ELI offers field trips around the metro-Detroit area, conversation partner prac­tice with native speakers, and practice TOEFL tests while at the same time urging students to take advantage of all university facilities and services.

Non-Intensive Program: Students who complete the requirements of the ELI also can enroll in ENG 0500 offered as Written Communi­cation , offered to all non-native speakers of English who do not pass the WSU undergraduate writing requirement. This two-credit course meets once a week and satisfies University admission requirements for writing proficiency.

Other non-intensive classes provide instruction for those wishing to develop or improve their English proficiency at a slower pace than that of the intensive program. Specialized classes, including TOEFL (PBT, iBT, and TSE) preparation and American Pronunciation, are offered during the evening and are especially geared to professionals

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Testing and Reporting: To insure international students will be successful in the University, all must meet Wayne State's TOEFL admission require­ments. The ELI administers the paper-based TOEFL fourteen times per year on the main campus and four times at Wayne State's satel­lite Oakland Center. Scores are then reported to the applicants as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training and Testing: All pro­spective GTAs whose native language is not English must pass the SPEAKĀ® test, rated by ELI faculty, with a score of at least fifty (out of sixty) to be cleared for teaching. A score of forty-five allows a person to teach while enrolling in ENG 0520, a course taught by two ELI fac­ulty members. The final exam, also rated by ELI faculty as well as a faculty member from the academic department, is a teaching demon­stration in the GTA's field of study. The SPEAKĀ® test is offered at various times throughout the academic year. ENG 0520 is offered fall and winter semesters.

Members of the ELI faculty also participate in the final day of the Graduate School's GTA orientation each August by facilitating prac­tice teaching sessions with international GTAs.

Scholarly Writing for Graduate Students: Non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates who need to publish in scholarly journals and meet other professional obligations can take a course designed specifically to meet their needs. Introduction to Scholarly Writing for Non-native English Speakers (English 5850) is a course supported by the Graduate School and taught by ELI faculty each semester.