February 2016 Student & Scholar Newsletter

Engineering Student Taking Measurements at the CFL Lab

OPT STEM Extension Update

On January 23, 2016 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia extended the deadline for DHS to issue a new final rule to May 10, 2016.  The OIS will continue to monitor and inform of updates. In the meantime, please view this video message from the Director of OIS for additional details.   Read More»


Scam Alert!

With tax season comes an increase in the reports of scams targeting international students.  Please keep in mind that no government agency or agent will call you to demand payment over the phone. Read More»


OPT to H-1B Workshop

The OIS will partner with International Employment to host an ‘OPT to H-1B’ workshop for students interested in applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT), or interested in learning about the process of transitioning to a H-1B visa. Read More»

Engineering student Young Jun Song (left) discusses his work with researcher Kara Peters in their Broughton Hall lab. PHOTO BY ROGER WINSTEAD

Panel: Professionalism in Negotiating and Maintaining a Good Reputation 

The OIS and the Career Development Center (CDC) at NC State University will be hosting a panel discussion on professionalism during job searches, negotiations and maintaining a good reputation.   Read More»

Biomedical engineering PH.D. graduate student Vindhya Kunduru in a biomedical engineering lab at EBIII. When Vindhya Kunduru moved to Raleigh, she had no idea she was going to become an expert on Salmonella, bacterial infections and chickens. Now she's hoping to build a career on them. PHoto by Marc Hall

Employment Reminders

Learn more about employment options including Academic Training, Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and on-campus employment.    Read More»

Student studies beside a window looking south out of DH Hill Library.

Resources for Student Success: A Letter from an International Student

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Reduced Course Load

If you’re struggling with your course load this semester, contact your OIS advisor to discuss your options, including a Reduced Course Load. Read More»


Cultural Crossroads

Every Wednesday the OIS and our campus partners host a new discussion about navigating university life in the U.S. If you’re feeling the stress of midterms, consider joining us for this week’s topic: Time Management, Study Skills, and Coping with Stress.    Read More»

Orientation Video Volunteers Needed!

The OIS is filming a new version of our orientation video this semester. If you would like to participate in creating this new masterpiece to be admired by new international students for years to come, please sign up here!