Changes Due to COVID-19
Clark University is shifting to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISS0) is responding to these changes by updating our services.
Effective Wednesday, April 1, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has suspended in-office services to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and students alike. All services will be provided remotely.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), the U.S. agency overseeing the F1 visa program, has issued new guidance permitting school officials to email I-20s to the student address listed in SEVIS, which will make the transition to providing comprehensive remote services possible.
For more information and updates about our services, please visit Clark’s COVID-19 Information page, including the Frequently Asked Questions for international students.
Please continue to check that page for more information about how our services and availability may change in response to this situation.
Introducing the ISSO Portal
Clark University’s International Students and Scholars Office is pleased to announce the launch of the new ISSO Portal for students and scholars. The ISSO Portal provides Clark’s international community a way to interact with the ISSO in a more streamlined format. Students can use the ISSO Portal to make OPT and CPT requests, update their OPT employment records, request a new I-20, make an appointment with an advisor, and much more.
In the coming months, the ISSO Portal will be expanding to include a full range of options for scholars as well. Plans are also underway to make the Portal available to department users. New international students will receive information from Admissions on how to access the Portal as we get closer to the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
If you are a currently matriculated student at Clark, you can log into your ISSO Portal account by clicking here and using your Clark credentials to access your information. If you are a Clark graduate currently on Post–Completion or STEM OPT, you can access your account by clicking here, entering your email address, and clicking on Forgot Password in order to set up your account.
If you have any questions about the ISSO Portal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have Questions? Email Us
Professional staff will check the ISSO inbox email@example.com Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, all staff will be checking their email regularly to answer your questions and set up virtual appointments as needed:
- Susannah Marcucci, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Abigail Nolan, Associate Director, email@example.com
- Jean Hearns, International Student Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelly Keevan, Administrative Services Coordinator, email@example.com
About the International Students and Scholars Office
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) staff advises more than 1,000 international students, faculty members, scholars, and their dependents from over 80 countries on matters relating to immigration as well as academic, social, financial, and personal concerns related to daily life in the United States. The ISSO also provides programs to serve the needs of international students, researchers, and faculty through immigration advising and cultural adjustment programs.
The ISSO collaborates with other campus offices and student organizations to develop and implement educational and co-curricular programs designed to heighten cultural awareness, appreciation of cultural diversity, and intercultural understanding for all students.
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What is the Global Scholars Program?
The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is a special program for incoming international students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their home communities before attending Clark. Global scholars receive guidance and opportunities to build on their leadership skills so they can make a difference at Clark, in the Worcester area, and in the global community. Global Scholars are paired with an administrator mentor who assist them throughout their time at Clark. GSP participants will receive a scholarship of between $5,000 and $25,000 per year (contingent upon meeting academic standards for renewal) and are eligible to receive a $2,500 stipend to pursue and approved project of their own initiative during the summer after their junior year at Clark.
What are the Global Scholars Doing?
Each year the Global Scholars Program Student Coordinator works with the Global Scholars to come up with an event or activity that has meaning and makes a difference at Clark or in the Worcester community. Some activities we have done in the past are:
Global Scholars participated in discussion panels regarding issues of global significance. Some topics covered have been human trafficking, illegal arms trade, HIV/AIDS, and gang violence.
Community Service included participation in Just Do It Day, clothing drives, a benefit concert for the Worcester County Foodbank, cultural presentations Worcester youth groups and schools, fundraising global game night to benefit a local African community, a TedX event and more.
Global Scholar Program Participation Requirements
Each Global Scholar is paired up with an administrative mentor. These individuals will help Global Scholars adjust to life at Clark and assist them throughout their time at Clark. Students meet up with their administrative mentors periodically throughout the year.
Global Scholars are required to attend meetings led by the GSP Student Coordinator during the academic year. If a student cannot attend the meeting due to a class conflict he/she must contact Patricia Doherty in advance.
Each Global Scholar is required to complete community service during their time at Clark. Global Scholars volunteer in a variety of ways at Clark and in the Worcester community.
Global Scholars are expected to maintain both an annual GPA of at least a 3.0. Failure to do so may result in a decrease or loss of Global Scholar scholarship.
If any of the above requirements are not met, the Global Scholar may be placed on probation and/or have a reduction or loss of scholarship.
Stipends are usually awarded for summer internships that have been approved for academic credit by Career Connections. Contact Susannah Marcucci, ISSO Director for more information.
Have you ever had a situation when you’re asked “WHERE ARE YOU FROM” and it is actually quite difficult to say a one-word answer? Well, you’re not alone. Clark University is home to a vibrant community of Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads!
A Global Nomad or Third Culture Kid (TCK) is:
A person of any age or nationality who has lived a significant part of his/her developmental years in one or more countries outside his/her passport country because of a parent’s occupation. Children raised as global nomads can be the offspring of diplomatic, international business, government agency, international agency, missionary, or military personnel, or indeed of people living internationally mobile lives for any professional reason. Typically, global nomads share a unique cultural heritage.
The International Students and Scholars Office offers support services for Clark’s TCK community. Our TCK Student Coordinator, Kaiomi Inniss holds regular meetings and social activities with TCKs.
Please feel free to contact Kaiomi! She also holds weekly office hours to meet with TCKs who are interested in learning more about the TCK community at Clark and in Worcester. Contact Kaiomi (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out when and where.
In addition to serving as the TCK Student Coordinator for the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Kaiomi is the chair for the 2018 TCK Conference. Kaiomi was born in Trinidad and Tobago, moved to the United States, and then to Barbados. She is a junior majoring in Global Environmental Studies. She loves to read, write and travel.
Please feel free to contact Kaiomi!
Past T.C.K. Coordinators include:
- 2013- Maisha McCormick ’13
- 2014- Michino Hisabayashi ’15
- 2015- Farah Weannara ’16
- 2016- Santiago Deambrosi ’17
- 2017- Farah Weannara ’16 and MBA ’18
Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad Annual Conference
Every year, the ISSO hosts an Annual Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads Conference. The conference offers a variety of sessions that will be of interest to TCKs and their allies as well as faculty, staff and administrators who work with these students.