UMD: A Globally Connected University
Global Certificate Program: Course Offerings for Employment Track
Below is the complete list of seminars that qualify for the Global Certificate Program and are designated courses in the employment track. Please check back on this site again in the future, as it will be continually updated as we add more qualifying seminars.
Noah Jacobs, Academic Advisor in the department of Letters and Sciences, will lead a presentation on his master's program research on advising Asian international students
Appropriate Use of the B-1/B-2 Visa
Do you have a prospective foreign national interested in visiting the University of Maryland using a B-1, B-2 visa or the visa waiver program? Learn the appropriate use of these visas at UMD.
Basics of Permanent Residency
This session will review the various categories under which someone can apply for Permanent Residency. This session will also provide a basic overview of the eligibility requirements, the new University policy, process, and timeline to sponsor a foreign national for Permanent Residency.
Chinese students make up well over 25% of the university's international student population. Robert Daly, Director of the Maryland China Initiative, weill give a presentation on what University administrators need to know about Chinese culture.
Do you have a number of new Chinese students or scholars in your department? Are you nervous about properly pronouncing students’ names when you look at your class roster? Join Rebecca McGinnis from the Confucius Institute as she leads a mini-lesson on how to pronounce Romanized Chinese names.
The goal of the one hour session is to have a number of takeaway techniques for Lectures and Administrators to transmit their messages to the ESL population they work with every day. This is not a cultural communication session but a session that offers techniques to make the transmission of information easier for the large population of non-native English speaking students on campus.
As a benefit of their F-1 or J-1 status, students can be authorized to participate in an internship, co-op program, or work experience for credit through Curricular Practical Training (for F-1 students only) or Academic Training (for J-1 students only). During this brown bag seminar, we will discuss the steps for students to be authorized for CPT or Academic Training.
Did you ever think about how many different variables affect the messages we are trying to convey? Let’s talk about the factors that can affect cross cultural communication, with the goal of minimizing the difficulties in communication.
What cultural factors play into understandings of academic integrity and plagiarism? What can departments do to educate international students about plagiarism in a way that makes sense from their perspective? A real understanding of these concepts is crucial, as consequences for international students who are found guilty of cheating or plagiarizing can be dismissal from the university, loss of immigration status and departure from the U.S. What happens after an instructor refers an academic dishonesty case to the Office of Student Conduct? What cultural and immigration factors should be considered during the review process? Join us as we discuss this most serious topic.
Exhilaration. Disappointment. Acceptance. Adaptation. International students ride an emotional roller coaster soon after their arrival to the United States. Known as Culture Shock, this phenomenon is an added challenge for our international students who will also have the usual adjustment issues that all new students face. Please join us to discuss Culture Shock and to view a video on this most important subject.
Engaging Faculty and Staff with Education Abroad
Study Abroad is not just for students. Learn about internationalization opportunities for Maryland faculty and staff, from international seminars to visiting professorships and Fulbright Grants. Education Abroad will also share the steps for starting a faculty-led short term study abroad program.
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials for H-1B Petitions
The evaluation of foreign credentials for H-1B applicants is required when the applicant’s degrees are from other than the United States. During this session, we will review the documents that should be included in order for the degrees to be evaluated.
Export Compliance Overview
Over the past few years the Federal government has become increasingly concerned with protecting information and technology from disclosure by universities. Because these laws may conflict with our tradition of academic freedom and openness in research and impose severe criminal and civil fines for noncompliance, it is important that all persons involved in sponsored research understand the regulations and implementation requirements. The Export Compliance Office will be holding a brown bag session to present information and guidance on the export control process and forms. During the session, we will look at some of the most frequently asked questions, such as do I need to submit a visit request for this foreign visitor? How do I submit the visit request? Why do I need to submit a visit request? When do I need to contact the Export Compliance Office?
H-1B Question and Answer Session
H-1B visa status allows foreign nationals to come to the U.S. temporarily to perform services in a specialty occupation that requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree. The University of Maryland files H-1B petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration for academic positions that qualify as specialty occupations, such as lecturers, professors, research associates, faculty research assistants and scientists. We are offering a short session on H-1B status versus H-1B visa and travel issues with H-1B employees. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session for ARS staff to come and ask any question you may have about the process or H-1B regulations in general.
Indian students make up nearly 20% of the university’s international student population. A brief presentation will be given on what University administrators need to know about Indian culture.
Join ISSS for a discussion of some recent research explaining the stages of Chinese student integration with domestic students. We will follow the presentation of research with discussion about best practices for designing great campus programs or academic curriculum to assist international and domestic students in making valuable and lasting connections with one another.
International Admissions and Credentials Evaluations
Representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate School will give an overview of their admissions process and how transcripts from international universities are evaluated.
International Exchange Agreements
Representatives from the Institute of International Programs and Education Abroad will review the process for initiating an International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and what to do if a foreign university or student contacts you wanting to initiate an exchange. Current student exchanges will be discussed and academic departmental responsibilities reviewed.
International Graduate Student Admissions
Megan van Son, Coordinator for International Student Admissions in the Graduate School, will give an overview of the admissions process for international graduate students.
International Graduate Students: Common Issues and Concerns
A former Graduate Coordinator turned International Student Advisor will discuss some of the common issues and concerns that our international graduate students face. Graduate Coordinators and Graduate Directors are especially encouraged to attend!
International Student Admissions: Processing Certificates of Eligibility (I-20s) for Newly Admitted International Students using iTerp
Brad Calvin, International Admissions Coordinator, will give an overview of the admissions process for international students using iTerp on the Sunapsis Platform.
International Student in their Final Term
Want to help your international students prepare for graduation? Come for an overview of the processes and forms that international students at the University of Maryland need to complete. A discussion of what to do when students are unable to finish when expected will also be given.
International Student Orientation Preview
The ISSS Office has a new format for our International Student Orientation. Join us for a preview of the mandatory and optional sessions that we will offer during our Fall 2015 International Student Orientation. We’ll also discuss what incoming International Students in your department should know before arriving in the United States, what steps are critical to do upon their arrival, and where they can find answers to common New Student questions on our website.
Advising International Students and Scholars on immigration matters is only a part of what we do in International Student & Scholar Services. Come learn about some of the other services we offer to students and scholars, and learn more about how you or your department can get involved!
Introduction to the New I-94 Electronic Record
On April 30, 2013, Customs and Border Protection began implementing an electronic I-94 arrival record system for air and sea ports of entry. The new system replaces the paper I-94 card that foreign nationals used to receive upon entry to the United States. During this session, we will review with you the new electronic I-94 process and how it affects entry procedures, the I-9 process, employment eligibility verification and applications for benefits like social security and driver’s license.
The J-1 Intern category is an employment-type temporary visa under the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor program, but it has a distinct purpose and use at the University of Maryland. Departments wishing to learn more about the use and purpose of the Intern category, with the intent to bring in international visitors on either of these visa types should attend this session. The workshop will address eligibility, requirements, regulations, restrictions and processing procedures.
J-1 Question and Answer Session
Based on commonly asked questions, we will review 4 scenarios about hosting J-1 scholars and employing J-1 students. This will be followed by an opportunity for Q & A, so bring along your questions.
J-1 or H-1B?: What's the difference?
Often discussed together, the J-1 exchange visitor category and the H-1b specialty employment visa are common options available when hiring a foreign national. Selecting the best choice for the employee can involve previous visits to the US, the current employment offer, and accounting for future plans. This session will examine the key differences between the J-1 and H-1b visa categories based on purpose, eligibility, employer obligations, beneficiary benefits and more to assist with the visa type selection process.
J-1 Research Scholars
Departments wishing to bring in overseas visitors on a temporary contract to conduct research, collaborate or teach should be familiar with the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa category. The Exchange Visitor Program, overseen by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges. The J-1 Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar and Visiting Professor visa categories are considered temporary employment visas, which allow visitors in this category to hold select professional positions at the university, which are in keeping with the concept of educational exchanges. This workshop will touch upon J-1 visa basics such as eligibility and requirements, processing and restrictions.
Life After F-1/J-1
Join us for a discussion about what options exist for F-1 and J-1 students in the United States after graduation. We will discuss a variety of employment visas and options, with a focus on F-1 OPT, J-1 student Academic Training and other J-1 categories, and the H-1B visa status.
Come meet the new Director of International Student & Scholar Services! Susan Ellis Dougherty will give a presentation on the services that the ISSS office offers and lead a discussion about the various international initiatives that are ongoing at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin, Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center, will address the topic of mental health issues for international students.
Off-Campus Work Authorization for F1 STudents: OPT/CPT in Review
This session will give the basics of F1 employment opportunities. An explanation of what OPT & CPT is, how OPT & CPT are obtained at UMD and what faculty and staff should be aware when signing Exit Plans and Letters of Support.
On-Campus Employment for F-1 and J-1 Students
Students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are eligible to work on-campus during the course of their study. On-campus employment includes: employment located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, and employment at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park. Join us as we discuss the requirements for students to work on-campus as well as how to enter these students in the PHR system.
OPT and Academic Training
As a benefit of their immigration status, F-1 students can participate in up to 12 months of work through Optional Practical Training (OPT) and J-1 students are eligible for 18 or 36 months of employment on Academic Training (AT). Join us as we discuss these two types of employment authorization for international students.
OPT STEM Extension
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permits students in F-1 status to work in the U.S. so that they may reinforce what they have learned in university degree programs. This benefit is called Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is limited to only one year, except for certain students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students with STEM degrees are eligible for an additional 17 months of OPT if they accept employment with employers enrolled in the USCIS e-verify employment verification program. As a university that is a federal contractor, we have enrolled in the e-verify employment verification program. According to a recent interpretation of the OPT 17-month STEM extension rules, STEM students on post-completion OPT working at The University of Maryland College Park can apply for the additional months of STEM OPT. We invite you to this session to learn more about the OPT STEM extension process.
Play the BaFa BaFa Game
The BaFa BaFa game is a cross cultural simulation that helps participants build awareness of the role that culture plays in their everyday lives. It is often used to help participants prepare for living and working in another culture, or to help participants learn how to work with people from other departments, disciplines, genders, races or ages.
Permanent Residence: Labor Certification vs. Outstanding Professor/Researcher
The two main types of application handled by ISSS are the Outstanding Professor/Researcher and the Labor Certification. Obtaining permanent residence through the Outstanding Professor/Researcher category is a lengthy process and the requirements within this category have become increasingly stringent in recent years. The Labor Certification process has very strict requirements in terms of advertising, hiring procedures, and timing of the application. We will review the two categories and the role of the department in the process.
Just as there is an adjustment cycle to living in a “new” or “host” culture, there are also likely to be adjustment cycles when returning to one’s “home” culture. Come learn how you can help to prepare your international faculty, students, and scholars to “leave well” from Maryland and return strong to their home countries.
Many students get depressed and don’t know where to turn. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Come receive training from the University Health Center Mental Health Service’s staff to help you feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the risk of suicide.
Travel Issues for International Students
As we prepare for an upcoming school break, come and learn about the travel restrictions or procedures that students and scholars on non-immigrant visas may have to follow in order to re-enter the United States.
This phenomenological study explores the lived experiences of Chinese international graduate students in the United States. It discusses students’ orienting to a new environment, both academically and socially; finding familiarity in the midst of unfamiliarity, while living in between two languages and two cultural worlds, both literally and metaphorically. It also reveals students’ self-doubt and identity navigation, and their eagerness for friendships, to “fit in” the U.S. environment while still making effort to maintain their “Chineseness.”
This study concludes with pedagogical recommendations on how institutions can help international students find a place to belong, and become more self-oriented and find fulfillment.
When & How to Say “No”
Do you ever feel like you are having trouble communicating with international students or employees? This session will explore common areas of miscommunication and suggest several strategies for effective communication with the international student, scholar, and faculty population.