Spring 2021 International Student Orientation

We look forward to welcoming all new, incoming international students to Kent State University. We have temporarily redesigned International Student Orientation (ISO) to be completely virtual in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

International Student Orientation includes recorded videos, live video sessions, and compilation of resources to help you transition to Kent State University. All international students who have been admitted for Spring 2021 and received either an I-20 or DS-2019 will be enrolled in ISO. All students who started in Fall 2020 will also be added to ISO if they have an I-20 that starts in Spring 2021. ISO will be available starting January 4, 2021.

How to get started:

  1. Log into Blackboard learn.kent.edu after January 4, 2021
  2. Be sure to login using the same login information for FlashLine
  3. Click on the "Courses" tab in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Click on "International Student Orientation Spring 2021"
  5. Need help navigating Blackboard? Click here for Blackboard Guides

Keep in mind your due dates listed in Blackboard


Spring 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I plan to come to the U.S. in January, do I need to quarantine before attending classes?
    1. You will need to engage in some level of self-quarantine upon arrival to Kent, Ohio. Please review the recommendations in place by the COVID Response Team. Contact them prior to your arrival for more details on your situation at covid@kent.edu
  2. Most classes at Kent State are online/remote for Spring 2021. As a new international student, can I register fully online when I arrive in the U.S.?
    1. Based on Fall 2020 guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), new international students who intend to come to the U.S. to study must be registered in at least one in-person course. We are currently advising new students for Spring 2021 to continue following this guidance until we receive an update from DHS.
  3. What if I plan to study remotely for Spring 2021 and then come to the U.S. in Fall 2021?
    1. Most importantly, you must defer your I-20 or DS-2019. If you had intended to come for Spring 2021, the Program Start Date will be listed as January 2021. That date must be deferred to August 2021. You can contact i20@kent.edu to defer your immigration document.
    2. Secondly, if you enroll in classes from outside the U.S., you will be assessed the International Student Health Insurance Fee. This fee is mandatory if you are inside the U.S., however, if you are outside the U.S. and plan on remaining outside the U.S. for the duration of Spring 2021, contact isss@kent.edu to learn more about the steps to have this fee removed.