OPT Workshop Tomorrow, 10/14 @ 12 Noon EST

This is a repost of the message sent by the Chia-Ying Pan on October 13th.

Dear international juniors and seniors,

Please join the OISA tomorrow (October 14) for the second Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop of the season. This workshop is for F-1 students who wish to work in the United States after graduation.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling Out the I-765 Form  

Wednesday, October 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97756274340

In the workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out the I-765 (application for employment authorization) form. Please visit the USCIS website and download the I-765 form before you attend the workshop. Using the current I-765 form is critical to your OPT approval. As of today, the most current form should say “Expires 07/31/2022” on the top right corner and “Edition 08/25/20” at the bottom left cover of each page.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow!


Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services

Office of International Student Affairs Wesleyan University

Room 024, North College 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

(860) 685-3031 |OISA Facebook 

Fall 2020 virtual drop-in hours: 

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (zoom link)

OISA Drop-in Hours for F-1 Visa Students – 7/21- 7/24

The following message is from Chia-Ying Pan of the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA).

Dear International Students,

Thank you for attending the Zoom FAQ sessions last week. For those who were not able to attend, below are the links and passwords to the recorded sessions:

Zoom Session #1:
Password: 3i&mu!9+

Zoom Session #2:
Password: 4p#5@3hZ

The slides used in the Zoom sessions are attached in this email. Also, the most updated FAQs for new and returning F-1 visa holders are now published on the re-activating campus page for your reference.

Many of you asked if you can meet with me to talk further about your specific situations, below are the date/time/Zoom links for the upcoming drop-in hours. You do not need to sign up in advance. Just show up at one of the drop-in hours at the time indicated below. Please note that the time slots listed below are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you are in a different time zone, find out what time it is for you using a time zone convertor. Middletown, CT is in the same time zoom as New York, NY. You can put in New York in the time zone convertor since they website does not recognize Middletown, CT.

Tuesday, July 21, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97487831814?pwd=anJUbWVxN1ZmUWFyQkRzWUNlRy9yQT09
Meeting ID: 974 8783 1814
Passcode: 782959

Wednesday, July 22, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT
Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97485159409?pwd=ZGlySk9RVlc4QWlPdGZvdHFRZjN0UT09
Meeting ID: 974 8515 9409
Passcode: 945433

Thursday, July 23, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/98223226246?pwd=azEzSEU3blpublhLMUdUMDVTTE9zQT09
Meeting ID: 982 2322 6246
Passcode: 853096

Friday, July 24, 10:00-11:00 am EDT
Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/93026947462?pwd=ZTVyRDJYamQrLy93TFdnOUVsTmNOQT09
Meeting ID: 930 2694 7462
Passcode: 819832

If we have overflow from these four group advising sessions, I will add more time slots. Both new and returning international students are welcome to attend these drop-in hours. I am committed to answer all your questions and help you make a decision that works the best for you.

Take care,

Chia-Ying Sophia Pan, M.S. Ed. | Director, International Student Services
Office of International Student Affairs | Wesleyan University
Room 024, North College | 237 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
P. (860) 685-3031 | OISA Facebook

SEVP Fall 2020 Guidance Zoom Q&A Sessions for F-1 Students

As many of you are aware of, on July 6, 2020, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued new guidance regarding online courses and the fall semester for students in F-1 status. On July 7, 2020, additional information was issued in Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2020.

The Office of International Student Affairs  (OISA) has scheduled two Zoom sessions to answer all your questions. Please submit your questions here by 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, July 12, 2020. OISA will review your questions and answer them during the sessions.

Zoom Session #1

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99890137466?pwd=WXBOejMzLy9odzA3TUx2Ync1Smlqdz09                                                                                 Meeting ID: 998 9013 7466; Password: 628900

Zoom Session #2

Friday, July 17, 2020, 9:30 to 10:30 am EDT

Meeting ID: 978 2927 5633; Password: 039128


Both Zoom sessions will be recorded. If you are not able to join, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu.

Information Sessions for F-1 Visa Holders (Fall 2020 Semester) – 6/18

The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is offering another zoom information session to address questions that F-1 visa holders have about enrollment at Wesleyan for the Fall 2020 semester.

Please submit all your questions here. *One question per submission.* You can submit as many times as you wish. The questions submitted will be answered in one of the Zoom sessions below.

Thursday, June 18, 3:30-4:30 pm EDT
Planning for your Fall Semester (for returning International Students)



Services for New Week and Beyond 3/20

Dear Students,

As we all struggle to get used to Wesleyan in a distance-learning mode, we in Student Affairs wanted to provide you with an online resource guide detailing services and supports that will still be available regardless of whether you are near or far in the coming weeks.

Wishing you safe travels, good health and successful transitions.  As always, let us know how we can help.  Go Wes!


Dean Mike


Become A Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador! – Info Session 3/3

Introducing the Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador Program! This brand new program gives study abroad returnees an opportunity to share their international experiences and support their fellow students in a meaningful way.

Study Abroad Ambassadors will work closely with the Office of Study Abroad to support Wesleyan students as they navigate each phase of their study abroad experience. Ambassadors will promote international experiences and intercultural learning opportunities, offer guidance to applicants and outgoing students, and support students once they return to campus.

Because this is a new program and we want study abroad returnees to help shape it, we are holding an information / brainstorming session on Tuesday, March 3. We hope to see you there!

Study Abroad Ambassador Info Session

Tuesday, March 3 from 12-1pm

Fisk 201

Lunch will be provided – Please RSVP here