International students seeking guidance or assistance with visa, immigration or status concerns — including those related to the recent executive order on U.S. immigration policy — should visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services located in the Graduate School office in Polsky 467.

More broadly, the International Programs office in Simmons 301 assists international students from orientation to commencement. Department employees help international students with housing, campus and community integration (including conversation partners), and more.



A number of groups on campus and in the community make it easier for you to adjust to living in the U.S. and getting to know both UA and Akron.


Welcome letter for students arriving on campus in spring 2017


We've put in one place many of the forms that international students often need.


Advisory: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has increased fees for many applications, including the I-765 (OPT and STEM OPT) and I-539 (Change of Status/Reinstatement).


English Corner Program

The English Corner Program gives international students a chance to improve their conversational skills with native English speakers.  It is an opportunity to speak in English, have fun, meet new people and learn more about American culture.  It is totally free, the only requirement is that you show up and speak in English!

This is a wonderful opportunity for all participants to:

  • Build sincere friendships across national borders
  • Develop unique cultural perspectives
  • Improve intercultural communication skills

Some activities including playing games that use English, sharing culture, discussions, and special events.

When: Fridays 4 to 5 p.m.
Where: Simmons Hall, room 301

English Corner schedule

February 24, 2017 (Culture and culture shock)
Help us get to know you and your culture

March 3, 2017 (Food and drinks)
Please bring your favorite food from your culture

March 10, 2017 (Different Games)
Play cards and table game together. We will offer some table games for you and we also encourage you to bring the table games you like.

March 17, 2017 (We are here for you)
Facing any problems or difficulties? We are here to help!

March 31, 2017 (Sports)
American sports Super bowl NBA

April 7, 2017 (Game Rules)
On the grass. Frisbee, badminton, etc. (outdoor event)

April 14, 2017 (Fun places, Akron experiences, and study tips)
Share your experience in Akron!

April 21, 2017 (Game Rules) Meet in Game Room!
Game room. Bowling, or billiards

We are looking for American volunteers to assist us, so if you are free on Fridays at the time mentioned above, please join us.

Please contact Ningyuan Ma at if you are interested in participating.

Culture Fest

Culture Fest Program is an opportunity for international student and staff to share and demonstrate their culture during fall semester. Last year the event had cultural performances throughout the event featuring music and dancing from all corners of the world. International students and faculty representing more than 15 countries were present to share information about their culture and customs. Guests at the event samples traditional foods, tried on cultural outfits, and experienced all of the rich cultural diversity we have here at UA.

Culture Fest takes place during International Education Week each fall semester, the event is free and open to all UA students and the Akron community.

Please contact Jennifer Dixon at if you are interested in participating.

See our events calendar to learn about upcoming shows, lectures, exhibits, gatherings, athletic events and more.