Survey of Korean Life Experiences From the Diaspora

You are invited to complete an online survey to share your family and personal life experiences as Korean currently living in the United States. You could be eligible to complete this survey if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a college student in the United States
  • You identify as an ethnic Korean (e.g., Korean American, Korean international student).
  • You are at least 18 years of age.

The survey takes less than 20 minutes.

Email for more information or take the survey at

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Research Study: International Students’ College Adjustment

Dear fellow International Student,

Have you been interested in how your cross-national journey affected your adjustment in college? I invite you to participate in a research study about international students’ adjustment.

As an international doctoral student myself, I have been very interested in international students’ college adjustment and started my dissertation project under the guidance of Dr. Frederick Lopez. This project is important because it will provide valuable information to university counseling settings that helps to serve international students and enhances understanding about the process of cross-national adjustment among international students.

To be eligible, participants need to:

  1. hold F-1/J-1 visa
  2. be 18 years of age or older
  3. currently enroll in an undergraduate/graduate program at universities in the U.S.
  4. stay in the U.S. until July 31, 2017

This is a 2-time point study and the second survey will be conducted after 3 months from this survey. Participants will be routed to an online survey to the following link. Total expected completion time for time 1 survey is approximately 15-20 minutes.

Please access the survey at the following web address:

If you have questions about this opportunity, please direct all contact to Mijin Kim at Thank you for considering participating in this study.

Mijin Kim, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology Program
University of Houston

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Inaugural cohort of Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program

paylp cohort photo

The inaugural cohort of the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)is complete!  PAYLP is a dynamic youth leadership program that brings together students from across Africa to the United States for a three week program focusing on cultural exchange and social entrepreneurship training. Working in partnership with the Meridian International Center, the customized and intercultural programs team at the ISSS coordinated programming for twenty-one students and three mentors from four different nations (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania).

Throughout the program, students worked in country teams to develop a pitch for an entrepreneurial start-up that will be implemented in their home communities. The students presented their final pitch to a panel of judges in Chicago during the final days of the program.

In addition to their entrepreneurial planning, other program highlights included visits to the Capital Factory, East Austin College Prep School, and the Georgetown Challenge Course. Students were also hosted by local home stay families, where they experienced local customs and cultural events in a familiar setting.

This is the first of three PAYLP cohorts that the customized and intercultural programs team will be hosting on campus this year.  Look for cohorts number two and three on campus in July and August!

paylp cohort photo on a boat

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International Student Relationships & Routines

Greetings International Students!

Can you help with my research?!?!?

My name is Wes Hansen and I am a PhD candidate in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. I am conducting research on the interpersonal relationships and communication behaviors of international undergraduate students in the US, and I am inviting you to participate. Actually, I REALLY NEED your support! Please consider! Research like this cannot be done without you!

My survey:

  • Is confidential
  • Can be accessed through a mobile phone
  • Takes between 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Stimulating & reflective questions of your time in the U.S.

Direct Survey Link: International Student Relationships Survey

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for your attention and support in this research!

Regards from Minnesota!

Wesley (Wes) D. Hansen, M.A.
PhD Candidate & Dissertation Fellow
University of Minnesota –Twin Cities
Department of Communication Studies

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Travel Signature Drive

Summer is coming soon, so it’s time to start preparing for your international travel plans. If you need a new signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, take advantage of our on of our SPRING TRAVEL SIGNATURE DRIVES.

Travel Signature Drive

Friday, April 28
9:00 – 11:30 am
FAC 330

Monday, May 8
1:30 – 4:00 pm
FAC 332

If you cannot come during the above times, then you may visit ISSS during International Student Advising hours. No appointment is needed, however, we do require that you come during advising hours only. Note: if you do not have any travel signature space left on your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to obtain a reprinted I-20 or DS-2019 from the International Office (not at the Travel Signature Drive).

Travel Signature Information
If you are traveling internationally, don’t forget that you need a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 in order to re-enter the United States.

The travel validation signature can be found on page 2 of the I-20 and on page 1 (bottom, right corner) of the DS-2019. The most recent signature must have been within the last 12 months (6 months if you are on OPT or STEM OPT) from the date you reenter the country.

General Travel and Visa Information
Additionally, if you have any questions about traveling or if you plan to apply for a new visa over the break, please see our Know Before You Travel information on our website for details.

Good luck with the rest of your semester and Hook ‘em Horns!

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Diversity and Wellness: Discussion with Dr. Kimberly Burdine

post-healthGrab your lunch and join the Wellness Network for their April Brown Bag information session!

Dr. Kimberly Burdine, Psychologist & Diversity Coordinator at the Counseling and Mental Health Center, will lead a discussion on the intersection of wellness and cultural identity.

This interactive discussion will explore factors that maintain, perpetuate and create mental health concerns for students with marginalized identities, how inclusion and affirmation foster wellness, and ways you can improve the quality of diversity inclusion in your role at UT. Dr. Burdine will also share information about CMHC Diversity Coordinator services and programming.

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June 5th: Summer Insurance Deadlines

Please be aware of these important insurance deadlines coming up on June 5th for the summer semester:

  • Summer waivers for graduate students with insurance through a TA/AI/GRA assignment. Be sure to request an online waiver of the summer student insurance if you will have TA/AI/GRA insurance over the summer. Note that TA and AI spring assignments generally carry insurance benefits over the summer. See the Human Resources website for further information about academic assignments and insurance benefits.
  • Summer insurance waiver for spring graduates. Graduation waivers can be submitted by spring graduates to waive the summer student health insurance. Graduating students who do not submit a waiver will be covered by insurance through 8/31/15.
  • Student Health Insurance Plan enrollment for students who are NOT in F1 or J1 visa status. Only F and J visa status holders are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students in any other visa/immigration status may choose to enroll in student health insurance on the Voluntary Insurance Enrollment page.
  • Adding dependents or dental coverage to the student insurance. Dependent (children/spouse) and dental insurance enrollments must be renewed each semester (fall, spring, and summer). Please note: this only applies to the student health insurance, not the UT Select staff insurance. Add dependent/dental coverage to your student insurance using our secure online uploader.
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2017 Joe W. Neal Scholarship

All international undergraduate students on non-immigrant visas as encouraged to apply for the Joe Neal Scholarship offered by GlobalAustin! The Joe Neal Scholarship is an award that would provide an undergradate international student with $1,000.

More information and access to the Joe Neal Scholarship application can be found online

Applications must be submitted to GlobalAustin by April 4th, 2017. Any further questions can be directed to GlobalAustin.

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Pan American Round Table of Austin Scholarships

The Pan American Round Table (PART) of Austin is pleased to offer three scholarships each worth $2,000 to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. The deadline is fast approaching! You have until March 13, 2017 to submit an  application. Do not miss this great opportunity!

For more details and selection criteria, click here.

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000.00, is awarded annually to a Hispanic woman residing in the Greater Austin area who has shown determination in overcoming barriers to accomplish her educational goals.

The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship of $2,000.00 is awarded to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship of $2,000.00 is awarded to an outstanding Latin American undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin.

Please contact PART of Austin if you have any further questions.

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GPT 2017: Connecting UT with Mexico!

The inaugural Global Professional Training (GPT) for Mexico is happening on campus March 25 & 26! This conference focuses on professional development, intercultural training & networking opportunities for international students from the area as well as those who are interested in studying, working, or living in Mexico.

This 2 day conference features plenary speakers, workshops, breakout sessions and live entertainment. And guess what? The GPT is still free!

Sign up today to reserve your spot! Registration closes on March 10th.

Event: Global Professional Training for Mexico 2017
Date: Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 22
Where: Texas Union
Register online now!

Questions? Email

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