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International Graduate Student Orientation 2015-2016

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1. School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) 2. This Presentation Covers Intro Where is the International Services Office (ISO)? Who is my ISO advisor? Immigration What do I need to bring for my immigration check in? How do I maintain my immigration status? Academics What is the role of my academic advisor? Do I have to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course? What to Submit English Language Requirements Official Transcripts About GW & transportation in DC Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 3. International Services Office (ISO) Your ISO Advisor MS STUDENTS Department of Computer Science : Christopher Pedo, [email protected] BME, ECE, CEE, MAE: Courtney Luque, [email protected] Where to Find Us ISO Address: Old Main Suite 205 1922 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 (202) 994-4477 [email protected] http:// internationalservices.gwu.edu/ Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 4. Mandatory ISO Check-in When you arrive in the US, you must physically check- in with the ISO. More info on the mandatory check-in. You Must Bring: 1. Your passport with visa, I-94, I-20/ DS-2019 2. Address & phone number in US 3. Transfer students: all previous I-20s & immigration documents Check In with ISO When You Arrive in the U.S. Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 5. You must attend the ISO Orientation for new graduate students. WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Visit International Services Orientation page for more information If you do not attend on August 25 you will have to make it up at a later date. Required ISO Orientation/ Immigration Session Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 6. To maintain legal visa status, you must be registered and enrolled in classes full time during fall and spring semesters. Full time student = 9 credits each semester Will I need to take summer courses? Most students who take a full course load during fall and spring semesters are eligible to take summer off from classes. Reduced course load Check with your academic advisor and the ISO about applying for a reduced course load. Maintaining Status Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 7. Main point of contact in the department Develop, review, and approve program plans for study Answer questions and get advice from your Advisor Helps monitor your academic progress Contact your department if you do not know your Academic Advisor. Academic Advisor Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 8. For students who do not meet minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirements. The EAP course is one, 3-credit course that you must take during your first semester. You must receive a grade of a B or better, in order to fulfill the requirement. Do I need to take the EAP course? If you need to take the EAP course, it will be listed on your admissions letter. English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Course Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 9. All students are subject to English language requirements. If you have previous degrees from institutions in the United States or any of the countries listed, you may be exempt from this requirement. If you do not meet the above exemption, you must submit passing TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum scores required for a waiver from English language courses: TOEFL iBT: 100 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0 If you do not meet the requirements, you have to enroll in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course your first semester. Submit: English Language Requirements Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 10. Review the official transcript policy for SEAS graduate students Deadlines to submit official transcripts Fall Admission: October 1st Spring Admission: May 1st What if I dont submit my transcripts on time? Failure to submit your transcripts will result in a hold being placed on your record. Please Note: Students from China, India and Iran have special instructions on how to submit official transcripts. Submitting Official Transcripts Send Official Transcripts to: SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions Suite 2885 800 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20052 Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 11. Colonial Central Holds a number of Student Services Offices: Cashier (payment processing) GWorld Card (University ID/ meal plan) Registrar Student Accounts Student Financial Assistance Science and Engineering Hall Graduate Admissions Office: Suite 2885 Classes Around Foggy Bottom Campus Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 12. Metro and Bus- WMATA DC Circulator Shuttles from GW Foggy Bottom Campus to other GW campuses (Mt. Vernon, Auburn) SmarTrip Card You can use SmarTrip on the bus and metro. Learn more about the SmarTrip card Transportation Around D.C. Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit 13. Now take the quiz in Blackboard Intro Immigration Academics About QuizSubmit

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