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Welcome to the University of Illinois at Springfield!. Namasthe !. Sarah Jome – International Student Services Lori Giordano – Transition Services Jeannie Capranica – Diversity Center Dr. Rassule Hadidi – MIS Howard Seidel – Food Service. Indian Students at UIS. Numbers Fall 2013 – 270

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Welcome to the university of illinois at springfield
Welcome to theUniversity of Illinois at Springfield!


Namasthe
Namasthe!

  • Sarah Jome – International Student Services

  • Lori Giordano – Transition Services

  • Jeannie Capranica – Diversity Center

  • Dr. Rassule Hadidi – MIS

  • Howard Seidel – Food Service


Indian students at uis
Indian Students at UIS

  • Numbers

    • Fall 2013 – 270

    • Fall 2014 - ~450?

  • Majors

    • 95% CS and MIS

  • Organizations

    • ISO, Kalanidhi Indian Dance Org, ISEES


Getting ready to go
Getting Ready to Go

  • Preliminary Immigration Issues

  • Housing

  • Health & Insurance

  • Academic Advising & Course Registration

  • Admissions

  • Final Preparation

  • Traveling

  • Orientation

  • Immigration

  • Employment

  • Career Center

  • Parent Concerns

  • Why UIS

  • MIS Program


Preliminary immigration
Preliminary Immigration

  • I-20 – SEVIS number, information

  • I-901 Fee – www.fmjfee.com $200, print receipt

  • Visa application – www.travel.state.gov , $160

  • Airplane ticket – arrive for August 18 or 19

  • U.S. Port of Entry – carry documents with you

  • Airports – Chicago, Springfield


Housing
Housing

  • Apply for housing on campus now - http://www.uis.edu/residencelife/forms/

  • Request roommates by name, building preferences

  • Benefits – furnished, no SSN required, location, activities, no bus or line – NO Short-Term Housing

  • Options – apartments and townhouses, private or shared bedrooms, bath, kitchen, living area

  • Costs per semester ~ $1880, $2650, $2900

  • Meal Plans ~ $375, $1150, $1675, $2100


Health services
Health Services

  • Required Immunizations

    • MMR – measles, mumps, rebella

    • Tdap – tetanus/diphtheria/aceluular pertussis

    • Tuberculosis test – required on campus

  • Have doctor/nurse complete form now and bring it with you to orientation

  • OR – get new immunizations on campus

  • Treats minor illnesses on campus

  • Clinics and hospitals off campus (insurance insurance)


Health insurance
Health Insurance

  • Academic HealthPlans – BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois www.ahpcare.com/uis

  • All students get it automatically when registered

  • World-wide coverage

  • Family coverage available

  • Off-campus health care is expensive – so insurance helps pay

  • General dental and eye care not included

  • Make sure you always have insurance!!


Classes advising
Classes & Advising

  • Academic Advisors –order of classes, prerequisites, meet graduation requirements, bring unofficial transcript if no final one yet

  • Formal online registration

    • computer-based

    • Must activate UIN with TCN (and send copy of visa)

  • Government issues

    • Online vs. on-campus

    • Attendance

  • American Classroom


Admissions follow up
Admissions Follow-up

  • Check application status online - http://www.uis.edu/admissions/

  • Admission + finances = I-20

  • Final transcripts due - usually second semester

  • Send copy of visa – to remove registration hold

  • Defer start date if necessary at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6838703


Final preparations
Final Preparations

  • Make transportation and housing plans

  • Have a money plan for unexpected travel expenses and immediate necessities

  • Gather contact information – professional and personal

  • Pack for school and weather (-22 to 35̊C)

    • Plan to buy some things here

  • Pack health documents

  • Carry I-20 and passport (don’t pack)

  • Stay in touch with family and friends


Traveling
Traveling

  • Carry passport and I-20 with you – do not pack them!

  • At Airports – Chicago, Springfield

    • Luggage, Immigration, Customs

  • Train – Amtrak.com from Chicago or St. Louis

  • Taxi from the Springfield airport


Orientation
Orientation

  • Check-in – Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 18-19

    • Immigration, health history & immunizations, iCard, UIN activation, banking, bus system, academic issues, tours, bus to shopping

    • We will email check-in assignments

  • Presentations – Wednesday and Thursday, 20 & 21

    • Immigration, employment, GA/GPSI, safety, insurance, billing, SSN, taxes, Blackboard, etc.


Immigration
Immigration

  • Be full-time (fall, spring, ~summer) (on-campus and blended vs. online)

  • Keep immigration documents up-to-date (not visa)

  • Be employed only when, where, for how long you are authorized

  • Addresses – update within 10 days

  • Carry documents

  • Other laws (driving, drinking, insurance…)


Employment f 1
Employment (F-1)

  • Immediate

    • On campus – Career Connect, hourly, GA/GPSI

  • After 1 academic year

    • Optional Practical Training (usually after grad)

    • Curricular Practical Training (not all majors)

    • Economic Hardship

  • Employment Workshops (and emails)


Career development center
Career Development Center

  • Helps with job search for after graduation

  • On-campus employment is very limited

  • www.uis.edu/career/international-students

    • Career Jump-Start Webinar Series *register now

    • Job Search Club

    • Resume Resources and Services

    • Resume Critiques


Parent concerns
Parent Concerns

  • Housing, food, restaurants, shopping, bus

  • Safety

    • Campus police, emergency lights, 911

  • FERPA - privacy

  • Paying Bills - http://paymybill.uillinois.edu/

    • Due dates – September 28 and February 28

    • payment plans, Peer Transfer


  • Why UIS?

  • Management Information Systems program


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