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End of Semester Celebration, April 28th!
Fun In Sun End-of-Semester Event

Picnic & Pro Soccer, April 28
$5 reserves your seat


April 1- Photo Contest deadline
Intercultural Festival

$100 Grand Prize
2-$50 category prizes
Open to ALL UNCW International Students!


International Student Newsletter

 March 27, 2012

International Programs Office

Picnic & Pro Soccer April 28 (end-of-semester celebration)!
Student Accounts - verify zero balance before leaving
Call for Orientation Volunteers

Immigration Requirements

Exchange Students: Obtaining an internship may extend program dates
F-1 Student Off-Campus Employment Authorization
Extend I-20 or DS-2019s
Grace period at the end of your program


On-Campus Housing Closes May 13 at 10 am
Ride the Trolley in the 2012 Azalea Festival Parade - April 14
Service Project - Malpass Corner Elementary - April 17-18


End of year celebration April 28 - Picnic and Pro Soccer!

WHO: Wilmington Hammerheads vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds!
WHEN: Saturday, April 28th, 2012
WHERE: Legion Stadium
HOW: $5 Deposit to reserve your seat. Sign-up in the Office of Intnernational Programs!

Transportation provided for those who need it!

WHO CAN ATTEND? International Students, Mentors, Study Abroad Ambassadors, Conversation Partners, Host Families...Everyone's invited so sign-up soon to secure your spot!

Student Accounts - verify zero balance

Please  login to MySeaport and make sure you have paid all your charges before you leave for the semester.  Students who still have a charge on their account will not receive their semester grades. Also, exchange students who still have charges on their account cannot have their UNCW transcript released to their home university.

Call for Orientation Volunteers

International Programs is looking for energetic and friendly volunteers to help with International Student Orientation for Fall 2012!

Orientation volunteer 1st planning meeting & lunch
When: Friday, April 27, 12-1:30pm
Where: FSC, Topsail Island Room 2019
How: Email Amy Mabery to RSVP

As an orientation volunteer you get to participate in skits & panel discussions as you introduce new students to campus services. International Student Orientation will be held August 19th & 20th.

International Student Photo Contest - April 1 deadline

The Office of International Programs will pay $100 for the grande prize photo for this year's international student photo contest.

To participate in this contest, all photos must be submitted by April 1st.
Read full contest details...


J1 Exchange students: Internship may extend program dates

As an exchange student, you are eligible to work off-campus if if your internship is approved as Academic Training.  Even if your program ends in May, you are eligible to extend your program dates into the summer if your internship meets the requirements.  Follow the link below to read more about J1 work authorization.  You may call 962-3685 to set-up an appointment to speak with your adviser.

F-1 Student Off-Campus Employment Authorization

Are you an F-1 visa holder who is interested in working off-campus? Would you like to do a credit-bearing internship this summer? Would you like to have work authorization for after your graduation? Do you know such authorization may take months to be approved? For more information, read this handout and make an appointment with Jennifer Fernandez-Villa to discuss your options.

Extend I-20 or DS-2019s

Students whose I-20 or DS-2019 will expire this May:
Please remember that your I-20 or DS-2019 must always be valid while you're studying at UNCW. If your I-20 or DS-2019 will expire this May, you have 3 options:

  • Option 1:  Complete your studies in May and return home. F-1s have a 60 day "grace period" after their studies end in which they can legally remain in the States. J-1s have a 30 day "grace period" after their studies end in which they can legally remain in the States. Students cannot study or work during the grace period.
  • Option 2:  Complete your studies in May and apply for work authorization with the help of the Office of International Programs.
  • Option 3:  Request an extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 from the Office of International Programs because you need more time to complete your studies.

Grace period at the end of your program

If your program ends in May, you still have a "grace period" after you end your studies in which you can legally remain in the States. 

  • J1 students have a 30 day grace period
  • F1 students have 60 days

During this time, you are free to travel the US as long as you exit the US by the last day of your grace period.  You are not allowed to work or study during this time.


On Campus Housing Closes May 13 at 10 am

On campus students, on-campus housing will close on May 13th at 10 am.  If your program ends in May, you are allowed to stay in the US for the "grace period" at the end of your program.  If you plan to stay in the US during your grace period, you will need to find alternate accommodations once campus housing closes.

Ride the Trolley in the 2012 Azalea Festival Parade

Would you like to participate in the 2012 Azalea Festival Parade, the culminating event of Wilmington's Azalea Festival? Take this opportunity to ride the trolley (sponsored by Wilmington's Sister Cities Commission), wear your teal (or your country's colors), greet the bystanders, meet the other parade participants, and have a great time.

Time and place is as follows:
Saturday, April 14
Arrival to trolley: 8:00 am
Start time: 9:30 am

Please contact Dr. Denise DiPuccio by noon Friday, March 30 if you would like to take advantage of this unique cultural opportunity.
Details will follow.

Service Project - Malpass Corner Elementary School

Malpass Corner Elementary School is having an International Fair on April 17 and 18 and is looking for international students at UNCW to visit and share their culture with these young students.

What can I offer? You could share songs, dances, artifacts, language activities, posters - anything really!

Time: They need volunteers from 8:15 - 2:30 if possible, but will take any help they can get, even if you can't stay the entire time.

They are covering N. America, S. America, Antarctica & Europe on April 17th and Asia, Australia & Africa on the 18th so you only need to attend the one day your country is covered.

How do I sign up? If you are interested in participating on either April 17th or 18th please email Ms. Stacy Kiser. Please also let her know if you require transportation to/from the school on the day you visit.

UNCW International Student Services

Friday Annex, 118
601 South College Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-5965
1.910.962.3685 | FAX 1.910.962.4053

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Our mailing address is:
University of North Carolina Wilmington - International Programs
601 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403