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Office of International
Students and Scholars

International Center 125
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6021
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Issue #64—October 2018


•  Please note: OISS will be closed on October 15 th and 16 th for mid-semester break. We will re-open on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 a.m. Please keep this in mind, if you need to pick up a document or speak to an advisor.

•  OPT Information Session - The last OPT information session for the fall semester will be on Thursday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 205. Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in December, you should plan on applying for OPT in October or early November. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in December 2018.

•  Travel and Re-entry Session - The OISS will hold a travel and re-entry information session on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in the International Center Student Lounge. The session is open to all F-1 and J-1 students and we encourage you to attend especially if you plan on traveling during winter break. Advisors will provide guidance on travel within and outside the United States and answer any travel related questions you might have.

•  UNO Federal Credit Union Workshop – Wednesday, October 3 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

As part of the OISS Fall Workshop Series for 2018, the Credit Union will present on “Services and Strategies – Basics of Banking in the U.S.” in the International Center Lounge. The banking system may seem complicated, confusing and sometimes baffling.  In reality, it isn't at all. UNO Federal Credit Union's program will provide you with basic details on financial services and products that you need to know to bank successfully and establish a flourishing financial future.  T he Credit Union will also be providing pizza and drinks for this event.


•  Fulltime enrollment - Just a friendly reminder that F-1 and J1 students are required to register full time for each term. You must have at least 12 credit hours if you are an undergraduate student and 9 credit hours if you are a graduate student to remain full time and in status. You are also required to be registered full time the entire semester.

•  Online Classes – No more than the equivalent of one on-line class or 3 credits per semester may count towards the “full course of study” requirement. This means that undergraduate students must have a minimum of 9 credit hours on-site and graduate students must have a minimum of 6 credit hours on-site.

•  Traveling outside the U.S during the semester – All international students should plan to travel outside the U.S during academic breaks and not during the Fall and Spring semesters while classes are in session. Traveling outside the U.S (two weeks or more) during the semester for personal/medical reasons will not be allowed without written permission from all your professors. If you are a graduate student you will also need permission from the Graduate School.


•  ISO World Cup Soccer Tournament— The World Cup Soccer Tournament will be presented by the International Student Organization on Saturday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the fields behind the HPC. This event is a chance for you to show off your soccer skills and enjoy a day of fun competition between student teams. This tournament uses single-elimination, 8-on-8 style play. Early registration will be $12 per player and closes October 8. The final registration deadline ($15/player) is Friday, October 12. Each team can register 8 to 10 players. Anyone is welcome to participate. For additional information or to register a team, email or Gabriela Aldana at .


•  Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest will take place on the weekends of October 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, running from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12. The event will take place at Deutsches Haus' new location on 1700 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119. For more information please visit: .

•  BCM International Dinner Club – October 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
The BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) at UNO would like to invite you to participate in our International Dinner Club, on October 27. This is a free program for International students and scholars at the University of New Orleans. To participate in our October Dinner Club, contact Kimberly Myers at to request a link for our online application.  Three to four students will be assigned to each host home, so participants may use this program to meet new people or you can go in a group with your friends (maximum size would be 4 people). If you prefer to go with a group of friends, there is a place on the application to request this.  Each participant in your group however must fill out his or her own application. You will not be registered for this event unless you fill out a form for yourself. Transportation will be provided to host homes. Please contact Kimberly for any additional questions that you might have about the program.


Fall Semester Events — For a calendar of events taking place on campus check out UNO's Event Calendar at

Fall Semester 2018 University Calendar — To view the official university calendar for Fall 2018, please go to the following link:

Important October Dates

October 8-11: Mid-semester Exams

October 15-16: Mid-semester Break (University will be CLOSED during the mid-semester break)

October 18: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for December 2018 Commencement
October 29: Registration for 2019 Spring Semester begins

OISS Fall Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday       8:00 am -12:00 pm
                                           2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 pm
                                            1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Wednesday                     1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Walk-in consultations are for quick 10-15 minute discussions. You will receive assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointments are at specific times and with specific advisors. If your discussion involves changing status, an OPT or CPT application, or any other complex situation, please make an appointment. Please call 504-280-6021 to schedule an appointment or send an email to .

Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” .



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