UMD: A Globally Connected University
Global Certificate Program: Course Offerings for Academic Track
Below is the complete list of seminars that qualify for the Global Certificate Program and are designated courses in the academic track. Please check back on this site again in the future, as it will be continually updated as we add more qualifying seminars.
Advising Asian International Students
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.
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.
Cultural Considerations of Academic Integrity and Consequences of Plagiarism for International Students
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.
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.
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 Admissions and Credentials Evaluation
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 Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mental Health for International Students
Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin, Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center, will address the topic of mental health issues for international students.
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.
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.
Students in Distress
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 & Scholars
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.