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Attention, International Students!

 

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27 July 2020 

 

A MESSAGE FROM REGINA ROBINSON, DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

Dear Student, 

In a previous communication, we notified students that Cambridge College is going to be remote and online for the fall 2020 semester. On Friday, we received an important update from Homeland Security that we may not  “issue a Form I-20 to a nonimmigrant student in new or initial status who is outside of the U.S. and plans to take classes at an SEVP-certified educational institution fully online.” (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2020/07/read-an-update-on-federal-guidance-for-the-fall-semester). 

 

We are saddened by this update but excited to work with you to enroll in courses this fall. If you decide to enroll in courses this fall we are requesting that you contact Vera Dimoplon, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and DSO (vera.dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu). When these guidelines permit us to admit overseas students in initial status we will also work with you to reissue your i20. If you would like to defer your start date to spring 2021, please contact Ms. Dimoplon. 

 

For students within the United States, we encourage you to maintain lawful presence by ensuring that you are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates and 8 credits for graduate students this fall. If there are any questions, please contact your PDSO, Maxime Mad-Toingue (maxime.mad-toingue@cambridgecollege.edu).

 

For students who are seeking OPT, you should cautiously weigh your options to pursue work authorization, maintain active status by continuing your education, or return home. We have provided two links with updated information.  

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/politics/uscis-immigration-citizenship-furlough/index.html

https://fcw.com/articles/2020/07/24/russell-uscis-furloughs-postponed.aspx

 

We will be updating you periodically as additional information becomes available. We are committed to supporting you through these turbulent times. Please contact our office for additional guidance. 

 

Warmly, 

 

Regina Robinson

Dean of Student Affairs

Cambridge College

 

 
International Student Office

 

The International Student Office is located within the Office of Student Affairs. We work closely with each international student, making sure they are able to navigate within their field of studies and are well-versed on the policies related to their immigration status and visa questions. Throughout the academic year, we host events and programs for our international students to provide information about culture, community resources, employment, physical and emotional well-being, as well as other topics.

 

Our Team:

  

 

 

Maxime Mad-Toingue, International Student Advisor, PDSO

Maxime.Mad-Toingue@cambridgecollege.edu

Walk-In Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM

Additional appointments must be requested and scheduled in advance

 

As your Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), I provide the professional expertise and support you need to maintain compliance through immunizations, academic, and your employment experiences. My team of DSO’s are here to support you. For all questions regarding your F-1 status, please reach out to my office. Welcome to Cambridge College!

 

 

 

Vera Dimoplon, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, DSO

Vera.Dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu         

Walk-In Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 PM

                                                                   Additional appointments must be requested and scheduled in advance                                                                  

 

In my role as a Designated School Official (DSO), I work with international students on helping them maintain their F-1 status while they are students at Cambridge College. In addition, I am happy to meet with international students to discuss questions about academic culture and cultural awareness, as well as cultural shock and how to successfully adjust to a new cultural environment.

 

Prospective International Students

Interested in studying with Cambridge College? Learn more about the application process and required documents, or contact an Admissions Counselor for assistance.

Go to Prospective International Students

Current International Students

Already a member of the Cambridge College community? The International Student Office is here to support you throughout your educational journey.

Go to Current International Students

Maintaining F-1 Status

 

International students must act in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the US Department of Homeland Security. Each international student at Cambridge College are held responsible for following these 10 rules:

 

  1. To enter the United States, use the I-20 issued by Cambridge College.
  2. Students are responsible for keeping their passport and I-20 valid at all times. Any time when there is a change in the information listed on I-20 (i.e., name, major, sponsor, etc.).
  3. Students must maintain a full course of study during their first term, as well as every term from September to May. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Graduate students must be enrolled in minimum of 8 credit hours per semester.
  4. When changing one educational level to another within Cambridge College (i.e., bachelor’s to master’s), a new I-20 must be issued to reflect the next degree level.
  5. On-campus employment cannot exceed a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  6. Off-campus employment authorization may only be obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through the International Student Office. International students may not be employed off campus without authorization from USCIS.
  7. In order to re-enter the United States when traveling abroad, student must obtain a Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) or a Designated School Official (DSO) signature on the I-20 prior to departure. New travel signature is required for each term.
  8. Students are responsible for keeping track of the expiration date on their I-20. I-20 can be extended under certain circumstances.
  9. Students must report a change of residence to the PDSO/DSO and the USCIS within 10 days of the change.
  10. Students must file a tax form by April 15 for each year, regardless whether the student was employed during the previous year or not.

 

You can find more information about our International Student Services Office on this webpage.

Questions about maintaining your status? Email the International Student Office

Need to make an appointment with the International Student Office?

Click here to request a meeting.

 

 

Office Hours/Events

ISO Virtual Office Hours:

 

Maxime Mad-Toingue, PDSO: 

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

From: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://cambridgecollege.zoom.us/j/8378745845

Meeting ID: 837 874 5845

 

Vera Dimoplon, DSO:

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

From: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
https://cambridgecollege.zoom.us/j/665520154

Meeting ID: 665 520 154

 

Weekly Event:

 

Topic: English Conversation Group

What: This group is designed to help English language learners practice their conversational skills in a safe and structured environment.

Time: English Conversation Group meets every Wednesday, 4:00-6:00 PM at https://cambridgecollege.zoom.us/j/485450887?_ga=2.127751437.1232855463.1584650685-132906263.1573306210

Facilitator: Charlie DiSilva, Charles.Disilva75@go.cambridgecollege.edu

There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required. To register, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/fs9QcwG1D4iPtirH9.

UN Opportunities

Note from Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Vera Dimoplon

 

As we discussed in our meeting today, I wanted to share this resource with you. If you ever considered having an internship with the United Nations, right now is a great time to apply. The UN is a wonderful opportunity for those who are passionate about global issues, or the problems that are local, but are true to every corner of the international community. To see all available UN positions (paid and unpaid), go to Inspira (https://inspira.un.org/psp/PUNA1J/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG&). You will be able to create your profile and be registered with the pool of applicants from which the UN Offices identify successful candidates for their positions. If you have questions about the UN or how to engage with it, I would be happy to chat with you. Please feel free to email me or stop by my virtual walk-in hours.

 

Watch the video about the experience of being a UN intern: https://youtu.be/hBYLabT-p94

Watch the video about the experience of being a UN volunteer: https://youtu.be/SSFLFcYanE4

 

More information about the UN shared by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

 

#Work4UN

https://academicimpact.un.org/content/work4un-interview-series

 

The United Nations, with offices in 193 countries and 37,000 employees, is the world’s largest universal multilateral international organization. It inspires people from around the world to join its mission of maintaining peace, advancing human rights and promoting justice, equality and development. 

 

Securing employment with the Organization can seem like a daunting task, but as the scope of its work is global and multidimensional, there are many different entry points for candidates of varied educational backgrounds and diverse professional experience.

 

UNAI designed the #Work4UN series to help you understand the UN, its structure, and some of the most common avenues available to join the organization. This series will cover various positions in the United Nations and useful resources to guide you through the procedures and processes. Below is the list of articles in the series:

 

Student Resources

International Student Life Cycle

 

 

Career Services

 

Center for Career and Professional Development is dedicated to working with each student on finding their career path and guiding them to achieving their highest professional goals.

 

International students cannot start working until they have proper authorization by their PDSO/DSO. For information regarding international student employment, click here.

 

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Career Resources:

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Other Helpful Links

Academic Calendar

International Student Office policies

Regulations for F1 Students: 8 CFR 214(f)