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Samford Global Engagement Office

International Student Newsletter

August 30, 2018


Immigration Information

Contact Information UPDATE

It is very IMPORTANT that ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS make sure their address and phone number is correct in the Samford Portal by September 4th. The government requires that we register students each semester after classes begin. According to visa regulations, to maintain active status you are required to update your address and phone number within 10 days of any change.

If you live on campus, your address is automatically updated each term. You need to keep your cell number updated and entered correctly into the Portal at all times. Please follow the steps below to make sure your current cell phone number is entered correctly in the SU Portal.

If you live off campus, go to the bottom of the Address and Phones page in the portal and click the drop down box.

1) Choose Off Campus Local Address Only.

2) Type Today’s date in the Valid From This Date and leave the Until This Date Blank.

3) Enter in your Address (where you currently live, for example: 200 Wild Forest Rd)

4) Enter in your US Phone Number, do not enter your international phone number


Drop Date Friday, 8/30/18

Reminder: To maintain your visa status, you must be enrolled full-time during the Fall semester. If you need to request a Reduced Course Load, please email to schedule an appointment before Friday, 8/30/18.


Financial Payment

You must pay your Tuition by Monday, 9/4. If you are having a problem paying by that deadline, please contact Student Financial Services and talk to them about your situation.

726-2905 (FinAid)

726-2816 (Bursar)

726-2773 (Payment Plan)

First floor of Samford Hall M-F 8:00 to 4:30



Welcome Back Workshop for all International Students

o   This Thursday, August 30

o   5:00pm

o   Brooks 206B

o   All international students must attend this workshop to hear important immigration reminders and updates on immigration laws that affect F-1 students.  FREE DINNER!!

  •       1st WEEK Reminder

o   FULL TIME STATUS-the drop/add date is Friday, 8/31; international students (F or J visa status) are not allowed to drop below full-time (UNDERGRADUATE=12 CREDITS, GRADUATE=6-9 CREDITS)

o   EBILL PAYMENTS- All tuition and fees must be paid by Sept. 4; classes will be dropped on Wednesday, Sept. 5 if ebill is not paid.


Welcome New International Students!

Samford welcomed 20 new international students from 11 different countries this semester! We can’t wait to get to know you all this year and hope your first week has been great!


International Club Football Game this Thursday!

Welcome back, everyone!!!


Join us as we support our hard-working athletes this Thursday, August 30th!!!


We will meet at the library steps at 6:00 pm and walk over to the football field.


I hope to see you all there!


All the Best,

Your I-Club team


CGE Luncheon on September 13th

You are invited to a FREE LUNCHEON on Thursday, September 13th, from 12-1pm in the Regions Room of BSOB. Samford is hosting the annual Consortium for Global Education, and would love to have international students participate in luncheon for a unique opportunity to enjoy a free meal, represent Samford, and converse with CGE representatives from many different universities across the US.  Email Sarah Williamson at if you are able to attend.


Other Resources


Labor Day Weekend Hours--Caf

Saturday-- brunch 10:45-2:00, dinner 5:00-8:00


Sunday-- brunch 10:45-2:00, dinner 5:00-8:00


Monday-- brunch 10:45-2:00, dinner 5:00-8:00


Labor Day Weekend Hours--Campus Rec

 *   Thursday, August 30 – Adjusted due to the football game
    *   Seibert, Bashinsky, Pete Hanna from 6:00am to 5:00pm
    *   Pool - CLOSED
    *   Cage - CLOSED
    *   Outdoor complex from 8:00am to 5:00pm

 *   Friday, August 31
    *   Seibert, Bashinsky, Pete Hanna from 6:00am to 6:00pm
    *   Pool from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    *   Cage from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    *   Outdoor complex from 8:00am to 6:00pm

 *   Saturday, September 1
    *   Seibert, Bashinsky, Pete Hanna from 9:00am to 5:00pm
    *   Pool - CLOSED
    *   Cage - CLOSED
    *   Outdoor complex - CLOSED

 *   Sunday, September 2
    *   Seibert, Bashinsky, Pete Hanna from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    *   Pool - CLOSED
    *   Cage - CLOSED
    *   Outdoor complex - CLOSED

 *   Monday, September 3
    *   Seibert, Bashinsky, Pete Hanna from 1:00pm to 12:00am
    *   Pool from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    *   Cage from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
    *   Outdoor complex from 1:00pm to 10:00pm


 *   Tuesday, September 4 – resume normal hour (view them at )


GEO Appointment

Need an immigration advising appointment? Schedule an appointment here:

We are located in 221 Brooks Hall, and are open Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm, but will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd.

Sam Tram Shuttle Service

7:30AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday


Blue, Red and Gray Lines run continuous loops. The Gray and Blue Line run clockwise. The Red Line runs counterclockwise. The full route is about 17 minutes and wait times should not exceed 5-6 minutes. The Sam Tram may be tracked in real time by using the Ride Systems app.


Target Shuttle

Samford Transportation provides a shuttle to Target in Brookwood Mall each Friday at 4:30. The shuttle departs from Talbird Circle and is free to students.