International Student Services (ISS) has provided the following information taken from previous workshops designed specifically for graduate coordinators to help better understand and support international graduate students.
Supporting Chinese Graduate Students
Attending graduate school can be challenging. Studying in a foreign country, where the common language is not your native tongue is even more challenging. What are the barriers to successful academic and personal development? What are the specific needs of the majority of international students at UW-Madison? In this session, participants will learn more about the cultural background and context of Chinese graduate students as well as the specific challenges Chinese graduate students face in the U.S. Discussion on how to better communicate and serve this specific group of students will be introduced through a case study. We will also share useful phrases to use when meeting with Chinese students.
Workshop Materials: SupportingChineseInternationalStudents.pdf and TipsforWorkingwithInternationalStudents.pdf
Untangling Immigration and Academics: What Does it Mean to Maintain Status for International Graduate Students?
In this session, International Student Services will provide an overview of international students at UW-Madison and what international graduate students must do in order to maintain their F1 or J1 visa status. This will include reviewing full-time enrollment and reduced course load requirements, CPT employment basics for F1 students, academic extensions, and changing academic levels. We will also show you the online and paper forms you are likely to encounter when assisting graduate students with maintaining their status. This is similar to the session offered last summer.
Workshop Materials: UntanglingImmigrationandAcademics.pdf
International Graduate Student Employment: On and Off Campus
Come learn the nuts and bolts of on and off campus employment for international graduate students. In this session we will review the basics of what is required for F1 and J1 students to work on and off campus, including the regulatory requirements and application process for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. We will also review OPT (F1 students) and Academic Training (J1 students) for work authorization after graduation.
Workshop Materials: IntlGradStudentEmployment.pdf