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Workshops and Sessions for International Students and Families

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop

Temporary employment such as an internship, practicum, and alternative work-study or cooperative education may be authorized under certain circumstances as curricular practical training (CPT). Such training must not only be related to your major field of study but must also be an integral part of your established curriculum still in progress. CPT is a benefit of being an F-1 Student. CPT is an application process and is subject to evaluation. This workshop will help you understand the eligibility and application procedures.

Summer 2017

  • Monday, May 15, 11 a.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Wednesday, June 21, 1 p.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Thursday, August 17, 3 p.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience that is directly related to a student's major area of study. The training is authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a maximum of 12 months. It is available to students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for at least one academic year (9 months). OPT is a benefit of being an F-1 Student. OPT is an application process and is subject to evaluation. This workshop will help you understand the eligibility and application procedures.

Summer 2017

  • Thursday, May 11, 2 p.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Friday, July 14, 1 p.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Thursday, August 10, 10 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building

Academic Success Workshops - 2017

These workshops are presented by learning specialists from the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center and are intended to help international students with a variety of academic tasks, including studying, writing papers, presenting speeches, taking notes and taking exams. Visit the Dennis Learning Center to learn more about the services they offer. Registration to each workshop is preferred but not mandatory.

  • Developing Effective Study Skills: Memory Tools and Reading Strategies
    • Friday, August 11, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building 
    • This will teach international students to:
      • Describe different types of memory
      • Identify their sense-related learning style
      • Optimize factors that lead to rote learning
      • Utilize processes that build meaningful learning
      • Attend to overarching factors that affect memory
      • Develop a personal study plan incorporating the components above
  • Building Confidence in Participating in Discussions and Preparing a Class Presentation
    • Tuesday, August 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Younkin
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on participating in academic discussions and preparing for class presentations. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Preparing for class discussions
      • Getting involved in class discussions
      • Asking and answering questions during class
      • Useful phrases for academic discussions and presentations
      • Practicing presentations and using feedback
  • "Oops, Did I Just Plagiarize?!: An International Student's Guide to Avoiding Academic Misconduct"
    • Tuesday, August 15, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • For graduate students only
    • This workshop, presented in collaboration with Dr. Jay Hobgood from the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) and representatives from the Graduate School, will provide students with general guidance on avoiding academic misconduct and will focus in particular on:
      • Using outside sources in academic writing
      • Correct citation
  • Preparing Effective Papers
    • Wednesday, August 16, 3 - 4 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This workshop will help students with the most common writing assignments at the undergraduate level, including short and long research papers, essays, and response papers. Students will learn about:
      • Assignment expectations
      • How to effectively plan papers
      • Rules regarding plagiarism and citations
      • Writing resources on campus
  • Communicating with Faculty and Instructors
    • Friday, August 18, 3 - 4 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on how to effectively communicate with their professors and instructors. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Asking course-related questions in and outside of class
      • Discussing ideas with professors/instructors
      • Discussing academic performance with professors/instructors
      • Etiquette of writing emails to professors/instructors
      • Building a relationship with your professor/instructors
  • Keys to Strategic, Confident Test Taking
    • TBD
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on how to effectively prepare for tests and exams. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Combating pre-exam stress
      • Planning study sessions that lead to a sense of preparedness
      • Effectively gathering and utilizing feedback from past exams
      • Strategically approaching multiple choice exams
      • Strategically approaching essay exams
      • Staying calm during exams
  • Express Yourself, the International Students' Guide to Expressing Original Ideas with Confidence
    • TBD
    • This workshop will help students to examine concepts of originality and intellectual risk-taking, with the ultimate goal of achieving a nuanced understanding of how these concepts are linked to academic integrity. Students will be guided through a series of hands-on activities that will build their confidence in expressing their own ideas, and they will also be connected with resources on campus that aid in that process.

Global Engagement Nights

Global Engagement Nights will be held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building and will allow international and domestic students alike to learn more about Ohio State and different cultures while having fun and making some new friends. For more information, please contact Renée Bishai, bishai.1@osu.edu.