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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.

Autumn 2017

  • Tuesday, September 12, 10 a.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Friday, October 20, 1 p.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Monday, November 13, 11 a.m. - 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Wednesday, December 13, 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.

Autumn 2017

  • Friday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Monday, September 18, 2 p.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, October 10, 11 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Thursday, October 26, 3 p.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, November 7, 10 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Monday, November 20, 2 p.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Friday, December 8, 11 a.m. - 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Thursday, December 21, 2 p.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.

  • "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
    • Register

  • Building Confidence in Participating in Discussions and Preparing a Class Presentation
    • Tuesday, August 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in 220 Younkin
    • Wednesday, September 27, 3 - 4 p.m. in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
    • 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
    • Register for session on August 15
    • Register for session on September 27

  • Introduction to CarmenCanvas, Ohio State’s Online Course Management System
    • Monday, August 14, 4 - 5 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This session will guide students through the basic functionality of Carmen (which you may also hear referred to as “Canvas,” after the application it is built on), the online system used to some degree in nearly all Ohio State courses. It used by most instructors as a supplement to in person courses, and used entirely for online courses. This workshop is highly recommended for students who have not previously worked within an online course management system.
    • Register

  • Developing Effective Study Skills: Memory Tools and Reading Strategies
    • Friday, August 11, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 31, 3 - 4 p.m.  
    • 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
    • Register for session on August 11
    • Register for session on August 31

  • Preparing Effective Papers
    • Wednesday, August 16, 3 - 4 p.m. (Session will be followed by a visit from Writing Center staff from 4 – 4:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, October 18, 2 - 3 p.m.
    • 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
    • Register for session on August 16
    • Register for session on October 18

  • Communicating with Faculty and Instructors
    • Friday, August 18, 3 - 4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    • 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
    • Register for session on August 18
    • Register for session on September 12 

  • How to Write Absolutely Anything: Practical Guidance for Approaching Writing Assignments of All Types
    • Thursday, September 28, 2017 4 - 5 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 3 – 4 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • If you are an international student or a non-native speaker of English and want to learn how to make writing assignments meaningful and manageable, this session is for you! The workshop will discuss the primary components of strong pieces of writing, and how to apply them to your own work. We will complete hands-on exercises to build confidence in how to:
      • Express original ideas
      • Incorporate outside sources (while avoiding plagiarism)
      • Not get bogged down by English-language concerns
      • Find writing and research resources on campus.
    • Register for session on September 28
    • Register for session on January 17

  • Keys to Strategic, Confident Test Taking
    • Thursday, October 5, 1 - 2 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • 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
    • Register

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.