Workshops & Events
The International Center provides numerous workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the International Center Calendar for exact dates. Workshops and events are subject to change.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is defined as authorization for “temporary employment authorization directly related to the field of study.” OPT employment authorization is granted for 12 months typically after completion of degree requirements. A student can apply for OPT up to 90 days prior to the program end date and up to 60 days after the program end date. Though it is possible to file the I-765 form (OPT) after graduation we do not recommend doing so as the USCIS processing times vary and you may lose some of your 12-month employment authorization.
Forms: Click Here for our forms page. This workshop uses all documents listed under "Documents Needed to Apply for OPT".
Health Insurance for International Students
If you are an F-1 student or J-1 visiting scholar and your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 was issued by the University of Michigan-Flint, you must have health insurance that meets University of Michigan requirements for yourself and any accompanying F-2 or J-2 dependents during the entire time you are a F-1 or J-1 student or scholar at the University of Michigan-Flint. Please attend the Health Insurance workshop for more information.
Forms: Click Here for our forms page.
This workshop will focus on the scholarship essay for the UM-Flint scholarship application. Your scholarship essay is a very important part of your application since the selection committee is able to see you as a person more than your GPA or major. A well-written essay allows you to single yourself out from the other scholarship applicants.
Income Tax Information (F1 Students)
This workshop is designed for F-1 students who are non-residents for tax purposes. This workshop will NOT offer assistance with individual tax return forms, but will provide background information that will be helpful as you prepare your tax forms either by hand or using a tax software.
Job Search Strategies
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Academic Advising and Career Center. Learn about job search strategies, how to build your resume and cover letter, interview preparation and how to sell yourself as an international student on the job market. Other topics will include cross-cultural issues, networking and ways to identify appropriate opportunities.
Reduced Course Load
This workshop provides information about reducing a course load below full-time enrollment while maintaining F-1 or J-1 legal status. In order to maintain legal status F-1 and J-1 students and scholars must have permission from the International Center before dropping below full-time enrollment. All F-1 or J-1 students who plan to request this permission must attend a Reduced Course Load workshop.
Study Skills/Academic Success
This study skills workshop offer suggestions for a better understanding of general college study strategies such as: study groups, study habits, time scheduling, study tips, and campus resources.
Study Abroad Information Session
If you are unsure about which study abroad program is right for you or if you are interested in study abroad, but you just don't know where to start, please plan to attend a general information meeting. Topics covered will include types of study abroad, how to find the right program, meeting your academic needs, funding options, and more. No appointment is necessary, just show up. Bring a friend if you'd like.
This workshop will cover an introduction to American life, the American perspective on time, status and hierarchy, regional differences, stages of cultural adjustment, and tips to ease cultural adjustment.
Diversity Visa Lottery
This workshop will focus on the overview of the Diversity Visa Lottery, requirements for entry and procedure for submitting an entry. Plan on attending this workshop if you want to be considered for one out of 50,000 diversity visas drawn each year.
Travel Signature Day
Going to travel over the break? Make sure your I-20 is still valid and get it signed this day. No appointment necessary, just walk in.
Graduation and ELP Celebration Luncheon
Graduating international students and students in our English Language Program are invited to a special graduation luncheon. Graduating international students will receive their country sash to wear during commencement and students in the English Language Program will receive their certificates of achievement.
International Student BBQ
All international students are welcome to join us for our annual labor day BBQ. It’s being held at the Silver Lake Park in Fenton. We’ll play soccer, swim in the lake and have FUN!!! It’s always a good time to hang out and make new friends.
International Taste Fest
The international taste fest is a time for students to enjoy a little bit of culture in a few hours. We will have traditional clothing try-ons, international foods sampling, henna, international music, and name writing in different languages.
International Day of Peace, September 21
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. UM-Flint will be celebrating this day with a flag parade from the WSW to the First Street Residents Hall Lawn where all students will form a human peace sign and have an aerial photo taken. The event will end with a reception in the Peace Garden/Willson Park.
International Education Week
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Cedar Point Trip
Join the international students for our annual trip to Cedar Point amusement park. Going to Cedar Point is an amazing experience and one of the highlights of the year!!!