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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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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
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Why UIS?

  • Management Information Systems program