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Share your culture - IFest 2012!

Intercultural Festival

Saturday, Feb. 18
11 am - 3 pm
Burney Center
Request a country booth for I-fest 2012!

International Student Newsletter

January 30, 2012

International Programs Office

Immigration Requirements

ISO and Events

International Programs Office

Participate in Intercultural Festival 2012!

Share your culture with UNCW and the Wilmington community by hosting a country table at the 19th annual Intercultural Festival! Prizes will be awarded to the best student cultural booths.

  • Event: UNCW I-Fest 2012
  • When: February 18, 2012 from 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Burney Center
  • What: Host a country table
  • How: Ideas for your country booth
    • decorate with a flag, posters, and/or cultural items that people can pick-up and touch. 
    • Have interactive activities (examples - humorous quiz, interactive games (pull a country name out of a bag, find the country on a map)
    • smile and talk to people passing by
    • Answer their questions about your country/culture.
  • Prizes: Student country tables will be judged based on how well the display promotes the culture of the represented country.
    • $100 for first place
    • $75 for second
    • $50 for third

Sign-up: Request a country booth for I-fest 2012!

See I-Week website for full event descriptions

Office Hours - meeting with your international student adviser

Did you know that each year nearly 300 international students attend UNCW! To accommodate all students, F-1 students are seen by Jen Fernandez-Villa, while J-1 exchange students are seen by Amy Mabery.

F1 students: To serve you better, F-1s should call 962-3685 so the International Programs receptionist can schedule an appointment with Jen or drop by during her "walk-in hours" (Mondays & Thursdays 10 am - 11 am)

J1 students: Likewise, J-1s can call 962-3685 to schedule an appointment with Amy or can drop by during her "walk-in hours" (Tuesdays 2:30-4 PM & Thursdays 9 am - 10:30 am)

Walk-In Hours: During "walk-in hours", just show up at the International Programs Office (Friday Annex) and students can meet with their student adviser on a first come, first served basis.

Reminder - check your email

This is a reminder to regularly check your email. UNCW professors (and even International Programs) will only communicate with you using your university email address. Check you UNCW email regularly so you don't miss out on important information.

Immigration Requirements

Tax filing requirements for those who worked in 2011

All international students who received/earned income in the United States during 2011 are required to file a US tax return by April 17, 2012. International Programs is offering you free tax filing software, a $35 value. To obtain a license to use the tax software, email your international student adviser (F1's email Jen Fernandez-Villa, J1's email Amy Mabery).

Update local address through My Seaport

All international students are REQUIRED to update their US address in the university system within 10 days of moving. This information is required for immigration reporting. Detailed instructions on how to do this can be found on the attached document.

J1 Student - Report on-campus employment

On-Campus employment is allowed for up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session. If you found on-campus employment, please email Amy Mabery the following information.

  1. Name of on-campus employer (hiring department)
  2. Start Date (if it was in the past, can be approximate)
  3. Approximated end date (date your program ends)

Travel Signature Needed to Re-enter the U.S.

  • As a reminder, if you plan on exiting the US during Spring Break, to re-enter the US, you will need to have with you:
  • Passport, valid at least 6 months into the future
  • DS-2019 or I-20, signed for travel within the last 12 months***
  • J-1 visa or F-1 visa, unexpired
  • Proof of having paid the I-901 SEVIS Fee
  • An unofficial transcript (printed off SeaNet/SeaPort) and proof of financial support are not required, but are good to have in case the immigration officer asks to see them ***

If your DS-2019 or I-20 has not been signed for travel validation in the past year, you will need to bring it to International Programs so your international student adviser can sign it. When leaving the US, be sure to give the airline back the I-94 card (the white card that should be stapled to your passport). You’ll get a new one when you re-enter the US.

Events and Deadlines

ISO is Looking for a Treasurer

Are you responsible, detail oriented, and interested in a student leadership experience? If so, the International Student Organization position of club treasurer may be the job for you. The duties of the position are listed below. If you are interested, email ISO PresidentBaptist Mermet.

ISO Treasurer duties:

  • Help ISO organize funding requests from SGA
  • Oversee ISO's yearly budget process
  • Keep records of all finances and book keeping

Superbowl Party - Sunday Feb 5, 6 PM

The International Student Organization is throwing a Super Bowl party at Buffalo Wild Wings!!! To reserve your space, email you first and last name to ISO communication coordinator Alice Cadenat. Group transportation via taxi will be arranged, so please also indicate if you will need transportation.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington - International Programs
601 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403