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Title: Tips for International Students


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Tips for International Students
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Welcome !
  • International students from all over the world
    welcome to the University of South Florida
    College of Nursing. It is important that you
    become familiar with the college of nursing prior
    to your arrival to USF and the commencement of
    your courses. Start your orientation here, You
    will find video tutorials on how to obtain your
    USF health email account, Blackboard access,
    technical support information, and the College of
    Nursing orientation for both undergraduate and
    graduate student levels.

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What To Wear
  • In Tampa, you will experience hot, humid and
    rainy weather in the summer and cold, dry weather
    in the winter. You will need appropriate clothing
    for each season. If you are coming from a country
    that does not have such a wide range of climatic
    conditions, you may find it easier to purchase
    seasonal clothing once you arrive. Reasonably
    priced clothing can be purchased at locations
    close to the university.

4
  • Dress on campus is generally very casual with an
    emphasis on comfort. USF has a very large and
    active international community so you are
    encouraged to bring your national costume with
    you. There are a number of occasions, especially
    during International Week in April, when you may
    wish to wear clothing that reflects your culture
    and heritage.
  • Remember to bring all personal documents
    including your driver's license, medical records,
    and academic records.

5
English Proficiency
  • All the lectures, teacher/student communications,
    tests, and assignments are in English. You are
    expected to have good command of the language to
    be able to succeed in your courses. If English is
    not your first language, you may find it useful
    to attend an English Language Institute (ELI) in
    your hometown or you can apply for admission at
    the ELI here on USF campus. However, enrollment
    in the ELI does not guarantee you acceptance to
    the College of Nursing.

6
What is Blackboard?
  • Blackboard is a web-based course-management
    system designed to allow students and faculty to
    participate in classes delivered online or use
    online materials and activities to complement
    face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables
    instructors to provide students with course
    materials, discussion boards, virtual chat,
    online quizzes, an academic resource center, and
    more. It is used extensively at the College of
    Nursing.

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Blackboard Continued..
  • The degree to which Blackboard is used in a
    course varies. For example, instructors may
    supplement an on-campus class by putting their
    syllabus and handouts on their course sites. In
    contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely
    through Blackboard, without any on-campus
    sessions. If you are enrolled in a course that
    uses Blackboard, be sure to find out how
    Blackboard will be used in that course.

8
Blackboard
  • On the first day of classes you are expected to
    come prepared, review your course syllabus,
    purchase the required text books, review
    announcements made by your course instructor or
    teaching assistant, and you may have assignments
    already posted on Blackboard. If you do not have
    Blackboard access, you may fall a little behind
    to avoid that, find here how to access your
    Blackboard.

9
Florida Nursing License
  • Admission to the graduate nursing school at USF
    requires evidence of current Florida RN license
    in good standing. You will not be able to enroll
    in any clinical courses without proof of Florida
    nursing license. Obtaining a Florida nursing
    license is a multi-step process which goes like
    this

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Step 1
  • If you were educated in a foreign country, you
    are required to have a full education
    course-by-course credentials review by a Florida
    Department of Health (DOH) approved credentialing
    agency follow the hyperlink for more
    information. You must note that the report may
    take several months to complete, so apply to the
    agency of your choice as soon as possible.

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Step 2
  • Apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for RN
    nursing license. Read the instructions carefully
    and complete the Application for Nursing
    Licensure by Examination form at the end of the
    document, or you may also apply online with a
    credit card at https//ww2.doh.state.fl.us/initia
    lapp/Controller/Default.asp. Once your nursing
    licensure application is received by the Florida
    Board of Nursing, you will receive a notification
    letter to confirm it, however, your application
    will not be processed until the application fee,
    proof of your English proficiency (page 8 of the
    instructions booklet), and your full education
    course-by-course credentials review report are
    received by the Board. Note all reports must be
    submitted directly by the issuing agencies.

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Step 3
  • In addition to applying for licensure with the
    Board of Nursing, you are required to register
    for the NCLEX test. Once your license application
    is complete, the Florida Board of Nursing may
    take up to 30 days to respond to you. You will
    then be notified in writing of the status of you
    application. If a written approval is received
    from the Board Office, you will then have to
    register with Pearson VUE for the NCLEX test.
    Refer to page 11 on the instructions booklet for
    more information on the NCLEX examination. Read
    the NCLEX examination candidate bulletin for test
    related information very carefully. You can find
    the most recent bulletin on Pearson VUE website
    at http//www.vue.com/nclex/

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Step 4
  • 4. Schedule your NCLEX test.
  • Pearson VUE will issue an Authorization to Test
    (ATT) for you after they confirm the Board
    approval. The ATT will be mailed to you or sent
    via e-mail depending on your choice of
    communication.
  • After you receive your ATT, you can then schedule
    your NCLEX examination date and time on Pearson
    VUE website. You must have your ATT document with
    you the day of your NCLEX exam without it, you
    will be turned away and required to schedule a
    new test date.

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Step 5
  • 5. After you complete your NCLEX exam, you will
    be notified of your test results, and if you
    pass, you will receive your nursing license by
    mail. Once you receive your Florida RN license,
    you are required to provide a copy to Admissions
    at the College of Nursing at USF.

15
Obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN)
  • A Social Security Number is often required to
    open a bank account, obtain car insurance, etc.
    If you do not have a United States Social
    Security Number, you are required to obtain one
    prior to the issuance of a permanent Florida
    nursing license. Only certain non-U.S. citizens
    can obtain a SSN.

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SSN
  • Instructions are given here for F-1 and J-1 visa
    holders. If you hold a different visa, you should
    consult your USF international student advisor at
    the International Student and Scholar Services
    (ISSS) for more details.

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F-1 visa and J-1 visa holders
  • Social Security Number (SSN) is issued to F-1 and
    J-1 visa holders only if they actually have an
    on-campus job, or if they have a firm promise of
    a job on-campus which will begin soon.
  • The Social Security Office can be found at
  • 3415 E Frontage Rd
  • Tampa, FL 33607-7009
  • Tel. (813) 225-7304

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To obtain SSN
  • 1. Secure employment with USF
  • 2. Obtain an employment offer
  • letter from employer.
  • This should state
  • The name of the student
  • The name of the employer
  • The start date of employment.
  • 3. Bring your employment letter to International
    Affairs for a supporting letter. It may take up
    to a week to produce this letter. Complete the
    SS-5 application form at the Social Security
    website.

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SSN Continued..
  • 4. Take the following documents to the
  • Social Security office
  • Completed SS-5 application form
  • Valid passport
  • I-94 card
  • I-20 ID or DS-2019
  • Employer's letter
  • Letter from International Affairs
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) - if
    appropriate.
  • It takes about 2 weeks to issue SSN, once you
    receive your card by mail, provide a copy to the
    Florida Board of Nursing so you can receive your
    permanent nursing license.

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Register for Courses
  • In order to register for courses, you should
  • know the subject and the course number.
  • If you only know the subject of the course
  • Go to http//www.usf.edu/index.asp
  • Click on class schedule search, student on
  • the left of the screen (itll take you to
    http//www.registrar.usf.edu/ssearch/search.php)
  • Enter all the information about the class you
    have and follow the directions.
  • At the end you should be able to get the
    information about course number, subject and
    section
  • example NUR (subject) 4455 (course) 001 (section)

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Register for Courses cont
  • If you know the subject and the course number
  • Go to http//usfweb2.usf.edu/oasis/mainoasis_stu.h
    tm
  • Oasis Login https//usfonline.admin.usf.edu/pls/pr
    od/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?namehomepage
  • Follow the steps to login
  • Go to Student option from the top menu, then
    select registration, register or drop
    classes, select a term, and then submit.
  • Follow the instruction to add/drop courses
  • Once youre done registering for courses, your
    next step is to pay for tuition and fees and
    attend classes.

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Buy Your Books
  • To check the required books for a course, go to
    http//usfhsc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/serv
    let/TBWizardView?catalogId10001storeId52063lan
    gId-1level1
  • Under your customized textbook list, follow the
    steps and select term, department, course,
    section.
  • After clicking on add course on the right side
    of the page, you will see the added course
    number.
  • Add all courses, click on view all textbook
    list and youll have the list of required or
    recommended textbooks for your courses with the
    USF bookstore prices.
  • Tip study guides are almost never used, to save
    money buy only the textbook. If not sure
    whether you need any book or not e-mail the
    course instructor.

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Buy Your Books cont
  • There are several ways to buy your textbooks
  • Buy from the USF book store easy and fast
  • Buy online takes up to 3 weeks to deliver,
    could be significantly cheaper. Some useful
    websites
  • http//www.amazon.com/
  • http//www.halfprice.com/
  • Buy e-book
  • Instant delivery
  • Sold with or without hard copy text books
  • Very useful for making study guides
  • Convenient search options
  • Always accessible through the computer

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Buy Your Books cont
  • If you are limited financially you can opt to
    buy an older edition of the required text books.
  • Will cost a fraction of the new editions price
  • Might not have same chapter numbers
  • Might lack some material
  • In most cases is sufficient for reference use

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Buy Required Stuff
  • Laptop computer (optional)
  • White uniform (nursing scrubs)
  • White laboratory coat
  • Stethoscope
  • Nursing software for PDA

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Buy Required Stuff
  • Laptop computer
  • Youll need a computer. If you do not have one,
    you can use computers in the library or the
    computer lab on the second floor of the College
    of Nursing (when available).
  • Laptop will make your study more productive
  • You can buy one from USF computer store
    (http//www.computerstore.usf.edu/), nearby
    Staples (http//www.staples.com/), online etc.
  • If you buy it before coming to the US make sure
    it has wireless card, youll be able to use free
    wireless internet connection anywhere on USF
    campus.

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Buy Required Stuff
  • Uniform and lab coat
  • White uniform is required
  • Check with USF Health book store
  • Buy online/ google it
  • Buy in the University square mall (take bus D
    route)

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Stethoscope
  • Suggested brand Littman
  • Can buy it in USF bookstore
  • Shop online/ google it
  • Buy in uniform store

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Nursing Central software
  • Required for all undergraduate USF nursing
    students
  • Includes information on disease, drug guide,
    medical dictionary
  • Buy it online or in USF bookstore
  • Check it at http//www.unboundmedicine.com/store/n
    ursing_central_pda_wireless
  • It can be used on iPhone, iPod touch, Palm PDA
    and other devices. See the website.

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Shopping Tips
  • Where to buy groceries
  • Sweetbay
  • Publix
  • Wal-Mart
  • Where to eat walking distance from campus
  • Check the Marshall Center food court, (take bus
    route B from the College of Nursing) there are
    several small restaurants there
  • Moffitt Cancer Center cafeteria the building is
    next to the Health Sciences Center (HSC) building
  • Panera Bread http//www.panerabread.com/
  • Chipotle Mexican grill http//www.chipotle.com/
  • Einstein Bros bagels http//www.einsteinbros.com/
    /home/
  • Evos http//www.evos.com/
  • USF book store
  • Burger king http//www.bk.com/en/us/international/
    index.html

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Shopping Tips cont
  • Tip if you are not familiar with American food
    and restaurant chains, it is a good idea to look
    at their websites before going so you can get an
    idea about the prices and type of food they
    serve.
  • To find the directions to the place go to
    Google maps or http//www.mapquest.com/, enter
    your location, see the map.
  • You can buy just about everything online and have
    it safely delivered to your address as long as
    you have valid credit or debit card.

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Study Tips
  • Teachers always post PowerPoint prior to the
    lecture check it
  • Make notes during the lecture (on the printed
    Power Points or on your computer)
  • Attend all lectures
  • It is very Important, during the lectures
    teachers often give tips on what kind of
    questions will be on the test.
  • Record lectures
  • Most teachers make their test questions based on
    Power Points and lecture listen to the lecture
    several times and study PowerPoint, it will be
    very helpful in preparation for your tests
  • Use textbooks as a reference
  • Youll find yourself very busy during the
    semester, do not try to read all the chapters,
    read books if you dont understand something in
    the PowerPoint or if teacher suggests to read a
    particular chapter

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Study Tips cont
  • Make study guides, they will help you get
    organized, and they are useful for the final
    comprehensive test.
  • Pay attention to review questions. If teachers
    say to pay attention to review questions they
    mean it. Youll find those questions on the test.
  • Form or join a study group, It makes it easier
    and faster to make study guides if you work in
    group with several of your classmates.
  • Write an e-mail to the teacher if you need any
    clarifications. Teachers e-mail and phone number
    can be found on Blackboard under the course
    syllabus. Teachers are very helpful and respond
    within 24 hours.
  • Dont be shy to dispute the grade if you think
    that your answer was correct. You might get some
    points back.

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Study Tips cont
  • Review every test
  • You can request a review after every test.
  • Very helpful to further understand the material
  • If there is no class exam review write an email
    to the teacher and arrange for an appointment to
    review.
  • Some of your missed questions can appear on the
    comprehensive final test.
  • Seek help if you think that you are not doing
    well
  • Write an e-mail to the teacher and make an
    appointment
  • Do not wait until the end of the semester
  • Ask about tutoring options

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Study Tips cont
  • Group tutoring
  • Organized by the faculty
  • Free for students
  • Taught by fellow students
  • Might be helpful if you need further explanation
    of the material
  • The date, time, and place usually announced
    through e-mail. Ask the teacher for more
    information
  • Internet connection
  • Youll need it constantly during the study
  • All USF buildings have free wireless connection
  • You can find wireless connection in some coffee
    shops and restaurants (Panera Bread, Starbucks)

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Open a Bank Account
  • As a new student, the easiest bank account to
    open would be with the USF Federal Credit Union.
  • The credit union is located in the
  • Marshall center on campus.
  • For more information on the
  • services rendered at the credit union,
  • go to https//hbs.creditunion.usf.edu
  • You need only your USF student ID Card to open an
    account and a deposit of 25.

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Get Vaccinated
  • Florida law requires that all students be
    immunized against certain communicable diseases
    like measles, hepatitis B, meningitis, etc.
  • Failure to comply with immunization requirements
    will result in the placement of a registration
    hold on your student account.
  • Every new student needs to be immunized or submit
    proof of immunization if already received. This
    is done at Student Health Services (SHS).

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Get Vaccinated cont
  • SHS is located near Marshall center next to the
    USF bookstore.
  • For more information on immunization, go to
    http//www.shs.usf.edu/immunization.aspx
  • If you get sick, go to the Student Health
    Services (SHS), located next to the USF bookstore
    or call the number on your health insurance card.
  • In case of emergency, call 911.

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Health Insurance for International Students
  • Health insurance is mandatory for all
    international students at USF.
  • Failure to pay the premium can result in you
    being dropped from the courses.
  • The student health services (SHS) insurance
    office assists all international students in
    complying with the health insurance mandate.
  • For more information go to, http//www.shs.usf.edu
    /insurance.aspx

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Find a place to live
  • There is a wide range of living options for
    students who wish to live on campus.
  • It is important to choose the type of housing
    that best fits your needs.
  • For more information go to http//www.housing.usf.
    edu
  • The different styles available on campus are as
    follows
  • Traditional-style living
  • Apartment-style living
  • Suite-style living
  • Greek Housing

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Find a Place to Live cont
  • You can sign up online for the on-campus housing
    of your choice a few months prior to the
    beginning of the semester.
  • The university will notify you when you can sign
    up.
  • You have the option to sign up for a short-term
    (one semester) stay, or a long-term (two
    semesters) stay.
  • Check on http//www.housing.usf.edu for a list of
    what you can bring and what is not allowed.

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Find a Place to Live cont
  • There are also a number of housing locations
    outside USF campus depending on your choice.
  • However, new students are usually advised to live
    on campus to allow for easy and smooth
    transition.
  • Some of the off-campus apartments are located on
    the route of the Bull Runner C (USF Shuttle).
    This makes it easier to get home from school.
    Especially those located on 42nd and 46th street.
  • There are also apartments located in areas close
    to USF.
  • For more information on off-campus housing, go to
    http//www.rent.com

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Transportation
  • For those without cars, free shuttle
  • transportation is available on USF campus.
  • You will need the campus map to help you in
    navigating and getting around campus.
  • For more information about the bull runner (USF
    Shuttle) schedule, route, and campus map, go to
    http//usfweb2.usf.edu/parking_services/map.asp
  • The ride is free for USF students.
  • You only need to show your USF student ID Card to
    the driver as you enter the bus.
  • The route of Bull Runner D passes through the
    shopping areas around USF campus.

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Transportation cont
  • However, the USF Shuttle only goes to a limited
    number of places off-campus.
  • Thus, you will need an alternative means of
    transportation to get to your clinical sites.
    E.g. Hillsborough Area Transit (HART) City Bus.
  • The HART bus travels to many corners of Tampa and
    can be very helpful in getting to your clinical
    sites.
  • For information on the HART bus schedule go to,
    www.hartline.org
  • You can use the link to get the bus schedule,
    route, and map.

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Transportation cont
  • The link www.hartline.org will also give you the
    approximate commute time.
  • Transportation with HART Bus is free for USF
    students.
  • You only need to show your USF student ID Card to
    the driver as you enter the bus.
  • You can also buy the bus schedule booklet at the
    University Transit Center, which is located very
    close to Wal-Mart on East Fletcher Avenue.
  • The booklet cost is 1.

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Cultural Differences
  • All the stereotypes you may have about Americans
    might not be true
  • Even the true ones cannot be generalized
  • You may find most Americans requiring more
    personal space
  • Shaking hands when you first meet are not common
    and if any are momentary
  • You need to be more assertive and speak out on
    your own behalf
  • Eye contact is not sign of disrespect, but
    instead an indication of openness.
  • You must be time sensitive. Being late for
    classes/appointments for more than 10 minutes can
    be considered rude.

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In The End
  • We hope that you found this presentation helpful,
    and we wish you a pleasant journey and a
    successful learning experience here at the
    College of Nursing, University of South Florida.
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