Welcome to the fifth issue of WIN!
In this issue
News & Announcements
Frederik Schlingemann (Holland)
Graduate Assistant, International Recruitment & Services
The office of International recruitment & Services is dedicated to recruiting students from all over the world. Last month the Graduate Assistant of this office traveled to Nairobi, Kenya as part of a recruitment trip to inform local and international students about Webster University and about studying in the United States, Europe and Asia.
From left to right: Mari Nelson (Director of the Education USA office in Nairobi, Kenya), Fred Schlingemann (Graduate Assistant)
Calvin Smith (Director of International Recruitment) and David West (Associate Director of International Recruitment) have also been on the road. Their recruiting trips have taken them from Asia to South America as well as to Europe.
News & Announcements:
Global Launch: Webster Global Business Scholars
As part of Webster University’s interest in promoting personal and professional development the School of Business and Technology launched a new Business Program, namely the WGBS. The WGBS is designed to provide students with professional experience to help them close the gap between Webster University and the professional workplace. Future events will include etiquette dinners and networking event.
Did You Know?
That at Webster University an international student can earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time with Webster’s combined degrees option? That’s right! Webster’s combined degrees program enables the global student with an outstanding academic record to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an accelerated format.
This program integrates selected undergraduate and graduate coursework, decreasing the time required to complete both degrees. Every international student is assigned an academic guidance counselor who will personally work with the student to best accommodate their academic needs.
- International Student Orientation
As an international university that has campuses in Asia, Europe and in the United States one of our top priorities is to accommodate international students that come from many different countries. Similar to other years the multicultural center will organize orientation for the Fall 1 term and do everything they can to make all international students feel at home. Orientation will be set on August the 19th and will include introductions from staff and an elaborate tour of the St. Louis campus.
- MCISA Events
Webster University's Multicultural and international student center will be hosting an amazing array of events between now and the summer. The full schedule will include seminars for our international students including an optional practical training information sessions as well as the Rock Your Roots Festival.
- Application Deadline
Webster University does not work with application deadlines. Instead we process an application when it comes in and work with the student to find out their degree preferences and time of class commencement. Therefore please feel free to encourage students to still apply for the Fall I term as we are still accepting applications. An application can be filled in directly by clicking the apply now link at the top of our website.
- Working on Campus
We would like to point out that future students in F-1 and J-1 status are allowed to work on campus for up to twenty hours/week when school is in session and full-time during vacation periods (Christmas vacation, fall and spring breaks, summer vacation). An F-1 or a J-1 student who wishes to work on campus at Webster must bring a completed Student Employment Authorization Form (available from the Student Employment Coordinator) to the Office of International Services. Exchange Visitors in J-1 student status also are allowed to work on campus if the work is pursuant to the terms of a scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship. Verification of all the J-1 requirements for work permission will be made by the Office of International Services. Any non-U.S. citizen studying at Webster on a visa other than F or J must come to the Office of International Services in order to find out whether or not on campus employment is permitted.
- How does an international student apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work that is applied for and granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The student must apply for OPT BEFORE graduation. If granted the student is then allowed to work anywhere within the US for twelve (12) months full-time or twenty-four (24) months part-time. OPT is available only once per degree level. (ex. Associates Degree, bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree). OPT will not be granted for a second US Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Optional Practical Training allows students to work within their field of study for up to one year after degree completion. Allowing them to experience working in the United States and hopefully build up a successful career.
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Webster University International Recruitment and Services
470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis. MO 63119. USA
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It is never too late for students to apply. We are already accepting Student Applications for the 2009-2010 academic year!
Students can apply online APPLY ONLINE HERE
Have you sent us all the following?
English Proficiency Scores (TOEFL, IELTS)
Academic Credentials (Official transcripts)
Autobiographical Essay / Resume
Two Recommendation Letters
Certification of Financial Support
Financial Aid or Scholarship Application (if applicable)
Portfolio (Required only for art and art history programs)
Audition (Required only for music, dance or theatre program
Housing & Residential Life
Fall Registration for new Freshmen starts on April 20. Accepted students should contact Christina Boyce for Fall registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Has your student submitted the housing deposit?
For more information on housing options, resources for reisdents, meal plans and many other housing & Residential house issues, follow the link:
Housing & Residential Life
Fall 1 2009 Class Registrations
Encourage students to join our Webster University International Students 2009 facebook group: www.facebook.com
International Counselor Contacts:
Do you have a
…the admissions process or a student application?
Sandra Hunter at email@example.com
…transfer credits or transcripts?
Contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webster University's student body
than 75 nationalities.
Republic of Korea