Working with International Students

Working with International Students
  • Everything starts with successfully recruiting international students  who are a good fit for Kent State's academic offerings, and this is best done as a collaborative effort between the International Admissions Office and the academic units.
  • The international admissions process is a little different from domestic graduate admissions. When international applications indicate “Applied and Complete” they require an additional evaluation before they are sent to workflow. The date on the checklist under item description is the date that the evaluation (IDRV) was started. These evaluations can take 10-14 business days, but might take longer depending on the time of year.
English Proficiency
  • Demonstration of English Language Proficiency is required of all international students. Various tests and methods can be used, and understanding these options can help you better select students who are likely to succeed in your program.
  • We know Academic Advisors often get questions from students who want to change majors, drop classes, etc. For international students, these decisions can affect their immigration status, so much more is at stake. Here's an F-1 Quick Guide to help them abide by the rules of their visas.
Sponsored Students
  • Sponsored Students are international students fully funded by the U.S. government or a foreign government. Sponsored students normally have restrictions regarding program and major, online coursework, and permission to work. They may need your assistance to complete required reports to their sponsoring bodies. See Sponsored Students for details.
Visiting Scholars
  • Every year, Kent State University hosts visiting scholars from across the globe. I you are interested in inviting a visiting scholar to spend time collaborating at Kent State University, please visit our Hosting a Visiting Scholar page.
Acirema Workshops
  • Acirema is a workshop that includes a simulation exercise designed to sensitize participants to the months of difficulties that international students encounter in their quest for a U.S. education. It acquaints the participants with the procedures and obstacles students must follow from the initial contact with a U.S. educational institution to their arrival on campus, and even issues that students face after arriving. A facilitated discussion takes place after the simulation to address the specific issues at stake, as well as what participants can do in the future to help support international students at Kent State University. 

  • If you are interested in having your office or department participate in an Acirema workshop, please contact