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ISSS to Host Brown Bag Workshop Series

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS), in the UK International Center, is offering three Brown Bag Lunch Workshops to help UK’s academic advisors understand the process of working with international undergraduate students.

"We want to reach out to academic advisors as they assist an ever increasing number of undergraduate international students at UK," says Elizabeth Leibach, director of the International Student and Scholar Services. "It will take a campus-wide effort to achieve international student success and we want to provide the knowledge and resources that will equip academic advisors in meeting the unique needs of international students."

The workshops and their descriptions are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 25: ISSS Forms Review
This workshop will review what academic advisors need to know about immigration regulations, and the forms they need to sign on behalf of international students (e.g. reduced course load, program extensions, employment/practical training). 

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Withdrawals, Probation, Suspension, and Bankruptcy
This workshop will discuss the impact of specific academic policies on international student success.  It will also discuss how policies and practices coincide with immigration reporting deadlines and its impact on international student retention.

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Admission and Placement Testing for International Students
This workshop is designed to be a discussion among advisors regarding the current practices and strategies used to place international students in developmental coursework. A report from a member of the International Student Task Force will seek suggestions for clarifying the admission and placement of international students.

All of the workshops are free and open to the public.

ISSS provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 1,600 international students, 325 international faculty and staff, and 250 exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well-being of all international students, faculty, staff and scholars.

For more information, contact the Elizabeth Leibach, director of ISSS, at