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Spring 2022 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 launches on December 1st, 2021 (with pre-course activities available beginning October 15th). The in-person portion of ISO will be held on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 and will be in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Students are also encouraged to participate in KSU Kick-Off activities.

How to get started

  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Be sure to login using the same login information you use for FlashLine
    1. If you have not logged into FlashLine, please revisit Step 2 from the Newly Admitted Students' page
  3. Click on "Courses"
  4. Click on "International Student Orientation Spring 2022"

Need help navigating Canvas? Click here to learn how to navigate Canvas.

Check your due dates listed in canvas

Spring 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I plan to come to the U.S. in January, do I need to quarantine before attending classes and events?
    1. Depending on your vaccination status, 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. You can also contact them prior to your arrival for more details on their recommendations via email at covid@kent.edu.
  2. Many classes at Kent State are online/remote for Spring 2022. As a new international student, can I register fully online when I arrive to the U.S.?
    1. New students in F-1 or J-1 status are NOT permitted to be 100% remote. Please visit our Enrollment Updates and FAQ page for more information.
  3. How can I register for classes before coming to the U.S.?
    1. In order to register for classes, it is recommended that you speak with your Academic Advisor (undergraduate students) or Program Coordinator (graduate students) before registering. English as a Second Language (ESL) students will need to take the placement test and speak with the ESL team. These individuals can help make sure you take the appropriate classes for your major and level of study.
      1. Undergraduate Students: How to Find Your Academic Advisor
        1. Start by looking under your Student Information in FlashLine. Here are the instructions: https://www.kent.edu/flashline/news/how-can-i-find-out-who-my-advisor.
        2. If that information is not available, search here: Find an Advisor.
      2. Graduate Students: How to Find Your Program Coordinator
        1. You can find your department contact information here: https://www.kent.edu/graduatestudies/graduate-programs.
      3. ESL Students
        1. If you have not already done so, take your placement exam here: https://www.kent.edu/cas/esl-center/online-placement-tool.
        2. If you have taken your placement test, speak with the ESL Department by emailing them at eslreg@kent.edu.
  4. What if I plan to study remotely for Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022, and  who have received either an I-20 or DS-2019, will be enrolled in ISO. All students who started classes virtually in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Fall 2021 will also be added to ISO if they have an I-20 that starts in Spring 2022. The Pre-arrival modules will be available in early October, and the full Virtual International Student Orientation will begin on December 1st.