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ISO Student News: 9/15/2017


Table of Contents

  1. FREE English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program Fall 2017 (more)
  2. Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Falls - September 30 (more)
  3. Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures Workshop - September 22 (more)
  4. Resources Following DACA Announcements (more)
  5. Rochester ONCAMPUS Intensive English Program Fall 2017 (more)
  6. "Why I Love Studying in New York" International Student Photo Contest (more)
  7. Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean (more)
  8. Campus FocusHispanic Heritage Month 2017 (more)


FREE English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program Fall 2017

The Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a FREE English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program! Sessions have begun, but we will accept additional enrollments until Monday, September 18 at 4:00PM. Please choose the session that best suits your schedule and language needs. Your session options are the following:

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

Fridays, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Conversation Skills)

There are limited spots available in each section so don’t delay in signing up! To sign up for a section, please use the online form: If you have any questions please e-mail


Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Fall - September 30

Take a day trip to the American side of Niagara Falls! We will depart at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 30 from River Campus and return that evening around 6:30 pm. The cost of the trip at $75 for adults ($65 for children 6-12 years, and $30 for children under 6 years) includes roundtrip bus transportation and a Discovery Pass. The Discovery Pass includes the following attractions: Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and the popular Maid of the Mist boat ride. This day is yours to plan! There are plenty of things to see and do during our day at Niagara Falls.  Seating on the bus is limited, so sign up soon! Deadline to sign up is September 27. Sign up by visiting ISO at 213 Morey Hall or at ESM Walk-in Hours in ESM 506. Payment in full is required to reserve your seat (cash, check, or money order only) and cancellations can only be refunded when another student is available on our waitlist to take your space. Please email with any questions. This trip has become very popular among our international students and 2017 promises to be another great one. We hope you can join us!


Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures Workshop - September 22

Friday, September 22
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Dewey 1-101, River Campus

If you are thinking about work options after graduation, we encourage you to attend this session to learn more about your eligibility and the application procedures for the necessary work permission. This workshop will focus on work authorizations available to graduating F-1 students, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the transition to H1-B, extensions to OPT, unemployment, and travel. This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on how to apply for OPT. 

There are several important deadlines and considerations to keep in mind, such as:

J-1 Students: You must apply for Academic Training (AT) before completing all degree requirements, or you will no longer be eligible for that benefit. We encourage you to meet with an advisor in the ISO by scheduling an appointment at your convenience (+1 585-275-2866). We will review your options and discuss ways that will enable you to take advantage of the opportunities available to you.


Resources Following DACA Announcement

DACA Immigration Clinic (FREE)
Monday, September 18
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Room 305, Douglass Hall, River Campus 

On September 5, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum to rescind and phase out applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by March 2018. As with other immigration actions announced so far this year, the ISO has been trying to offer timely information, analysis, and support to impacted populations. Last week, we issued a one-page summary on the plan to rescind and phase out DACA and held an information session on Friday, September 8. Please visit our Recent Immigration Actions page with more information and linked resources. A video recording of the presentation (confidential for all participants) is posted on our Events Archive page. Additionally, local lawyers with the Legal Aid Society and the Volunteer Legal Services Project have donated their time to assist eligible members of the community to apply for extended DACA benefits prior to the October 5 deadline. A DACA Immigration Clinic will be held on Monday, September 18, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM in Douglass 305.  Participants can register in advance by calling 585-232-4090. 


Rochester ONCAMPUS Intensive English Program

University of Rochester ONCAMPUS, part of the Cambridge Education Group, is offering opportunities to coincide with the Fall 2017 semester for international students to practice and refine advanced practical English skills. Their Intensive English Program offers modules on: US study skills, academic speaking and listening, academic writing, academic reading, and creative and critical thinking. Participants interested in the program can choose which modules they want to take. For current F-1 and J-1 students who are already maintaining full-time enrollment, these classes will not impact your immigration status. For F-2 dependents and others without full-time study permissions, you may want to consult with ISO before completing registration. Fees apply. Additional information may be found online:


"Why I Love Studying in New York" International Student Photo Contest

Take a picture or short video of your favorite thing about studying in New York and enter for a chance to win a prize. The 3rd Annual Study New York International Student "Why I Love Studying in New York" photography contest is open! Students compete by submitting a photo or short video that illustrates their love for studying in New York. Submissions are due by November 1, 2017. Go to for full details and to enter.


Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Organization of American States offers the Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund to financially assist students with their studies or research at accredited universities in the United States. This program provides interest-free educational loans of up to $15,000 to both undergraduate and graduate students who are citizens of Latin America or the Caribbean. For more information and application instructions, please visit


Campus Focus: Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

America has a large and vibrant Spanish-speaking population, which contributes to the diversity of our nation and communities. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year beginning on September 15. The Memorial Art Gallery will host Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day, where you can experience Hispanic/Latino culture with art activities, music and dance performances, tours, international displays, and more! Programs will run from 12:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, October 8. 


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, Immigration Advisor