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International student updates: fall 2017

Filed in News and announcements by on September 27, 2017

From the International Center

Optional Practical Training Workshops

All F-1 students planning to apply for OPT work authorization are required to attend an OPT workshop. Workshops are held weekly and take place in the International Center (N52 Memorial Union). To see workshop dates and sign up, go to the International Center calendar.


Kaleidoscope is a community outreach program that sends MU international students and scholars to local schools, community groups and events to share their culture with others. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Dottie Heibel ( We are currently looking for students to participate in an event at Southern Boone Elementary School starting Oct. 26.

GIA scholarship

The online application is now open for the spring 2018 Curator’s Grant-in-Aid scholarship. The GIA scholarship is an award program that provides partial waivers of educational fees for eligible undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at MU. The award is based on both academic merit and financial need. MU international students must have completed two regular semesters at the time of the application deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
This message is routed on behalf of the International Center to all currently enrolled F-1 and J-1 international students, but does not imply scholarship eligibility. All eligibility decisions are made during the GIA review process.

IRS/FBI scam emails and phone calls

The center has received reports of students being contact via email or phone by someone claiming to be from the IRS or FBI. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from one of these agencies, please do not open or click on any links or provide personal information such as your Social Security number or date of birth. Government agencies will reach out by regular mail and will never contact individuals by email or phone.

Address updates

Immigration law requires international students to report any change in address within 10 days of moving. Please check your local address in myZou and update if needed.

From campus

Lunch at the MARK

The Counseling Center, Disability Center and MUPD are inviting international students to a free lunch at the MARK at noon, Friday, Sept 29 (free for the first 35 students). You will get to eat plenty of delicious American food while learning about some of the important resources on campus. Dr. Shraddha Niphadkar from the MU Counseling Center, Officer James Young from the MU Police Department and Ashley Brickley from the MU Disability Center will talk about their departments and answer any questions you may have.

Library workshops for international students

These no-registration-required sessions are open to anyone, but international students are particularly encouraged to attend. Workshops take place from 3:15–4:15 p.m. in 4D11 Ellis Library. Come to one or all of the workshops — you may bring your own laptop or use a desktop in the classroom.

  • Introduction to Research | Wednesday, Sept. 27: Learn how to find books in the library and how to request books from other libraries. Learn how to do basic research to find peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Advanced Research | Wednesday, Oct. 11: Discover which library resources are best for your specific research. Learn time-saving tips for effective searching to find the research articles, reports and other materials you need.
  • Plagiarism: What It Is and How To Avoid It | Wednesday, Oct. 25: Your class syllabus has a statement about academic dishonesty and integrity. What does this mean at MU? Plagiarism is an important — but sometimes confusing — issue for domestic and international students alike. Many people unknowingly commit plagiarism when writing their papers. Learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism in your academic writing. You will look at common errors in citing resources, paraphrasing and summarizing research as well as how to correct those errors and prevent plagiarism in your academic work.
  • Zotero | Wednesday, Nov. 8: Zotero is a free, open-source computer program that provides space to store your citations and then formats them in hundreds of different citation styles as you write your paper, article or dissertation. Attend this workshop and learn how to use Zotero in your writing. You are encouraged to bring your own laptop to this session and to download Zotero before coming. You can get assistance in downloading Zotero at the Ellis Library Reference Desk.
  • Repeat of the most popular session (to be determined) | Wednesday, Nov. 29: To request a session be repeated, contact Cindy Cotner, library for international students, at

Career counseling support

The MU Career Center is offering career counseling support for undergraduate and graduate international students. This group will help you learn how to broaden your career options and will cover common concerns international students have when searching for jobs in the United States. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 12, MU Career Center.

From the community

International Day

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is looking for students to help with International Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Auburn Hills Park. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in sharing your culture through a table presentation (crafts, games, artwork) of through a short performance (song, dance, storytelling), contact Thomas Hilke at

The Mosaic Project

Attention all STEM majors: The St. Louis Mosaic Project will be hosting a career fair for all STEM international students from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. If you are interested in attending, you must register in advance.

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