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Fall 2024 International Student Orientation

We look forward to welcoming all new, incoming international students to Kent State University. International Student Orientation (ISO) is mandatory for all international students as it is integral to your successful transition to KSU and contains vital information on maintaining your immigration status. International Student Orientation (ISO) is distinct from Destination Kent State for undergraduate students, ESL Orientation, and Graduate Student Orientation.

ISO is a hybrid program consisting of two components: (1) a virtual course through Canvas, Kent State's on-line learning platform, and (2) a full day of  in-person activities on campus. Participating in the in-person part of ISO does not replace the virtual ISO course. The ISO course will launch in the summer. The in-person portion of ISO will be held on August 14th, 2024, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Students are also encouraged to participate in KSU Kick-Off activities.

How to Get Started with ISO

Part 1: Virtual Component Launches (Date To Be Announced Soon!)

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Be sure to login using the same login information you use for FlashLine
  3. If you have not logged into FlashLine, please review the steps here. If you are locked out for any reason or have issues logging in, please contact security@kent.edu.
  4. Click on "Courses"
  5. Click on "International Student Orientation Spring 2024"

Need help navigating Canvas? Click here to learn how to navigate Canvas. Check your due dates listed in Canvas!

Part 2: In-Person Component on (Wednesday, August 14th, 2024)

Attend the in-person portion of ISO:

  • Where: Kent Student Center
  • When: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm (including lunch).
  • What to bring: Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Be prepared to participate in activities both inside and outside the Kent State Student Center.
  • Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided

Fall 2024 Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes am I required to take? Can any of those classes be on-line?

All F-1 and J-1 students must register for a full course of study, with no more than 1 online class counting toward the full course of study requirement. The required number of credit hours for each academic level are listed below.

  1. Undergraduate students require 12 total credit hours (at least 9 of which must be in-person). 
  2. Graduate students require 8 credit hours total, at least 5 of which must be in-person).
  3. ESL students must have 12 credit hours, per the ESL program requirements.

How can I register for classes before coming to the U.S.?

Undergraduate students and ESL students will meet with their academic advisors during Destination Kent State (DKS) the day following International Student Orientation to plan their course selections. Please review the steps to register here. Graduate students should contact the Graduate Program Advisor in their departments. REMEMBER: Once you register for courses, you are responsible for the tuition charges. If you later decide to defer your admission, YOU MUST WITHDRAW FROM YOUR COURSES BY THE REFUND DEADLINES.

What if I plan to study remotely for Fall 2024 and then come to the U.S. in a later semester?

  1. The first step is to complete our Deferral Request Form to notify us of your plans.
  2. The second step is to review our Virtual Study Resources page to learn about the resources available to you while you enroll in classes virtually from outside the U.S.

The virtual component of ISO includes live video sessions, recorded sessions, and a compilation of resources to help you transition to Kent State University. All international students who have been admitted for Fall 2024, and who have received either an I-20 or DS-2019, will be enrolled in ISO. All students who started classes virtually in in an earlier semester will also be added to ISO if they have an I-20 that starts in Fall 2024. The Pre-arrival modules will be available in mid-summer.