The International Student Services staff strives to meet the needs of a growing international student population at CCS. In addition to providing support during the admission process, our office offers academic advising, an orientation session upon arrival in the United States as well as many other services to help the international student succeed at CCS.
After your acceptance to CCS, we will provide you with the proper SEVIS documents that the United States consulate or embassy will require for your visa application. The US State Department has a comprehensive information site dedicated to making the visa application as easy as possible for you. Go to www.state.gov to view this site. Another very helpful site for learning about studying in the US is educationusa.state.gov. This site has been produced by the American State Department to assist you in getting the most out of your education in the USA. Please be aware that here are many other sites providing information on I-20 visa applications and other immigration related issues; however If the web address does not include “.state.gov” please be careful, as we cannot guarantee that the information is current or genuine.
Arrival in the USA
When you arrive, this is the advice of the United States State Department:
What to Do When You Arrive at the College or University in the U.S.
Once you arrive on campus, you should report immediately to the office that is responsible for assisting international students and scholars. It is called the Office of International Student Services. That office can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about immigration rules and regulations. Moreover, that office must report your arrival within the SEVIS system. If this report is not submitted, you may be considered to be in violation of your status in the United States, so be sure to make the international student office one of your first stops on campus. (http://educationusa.state.gov)
Upon arrival in the United States, every effort will be made to assist arriving students and welcome them to the CCS family. After receiving a security pass/student ID card you will be free to explore campus and get settled in your room. We will do our best to help you find anything you may need to relax and prepare for the beginning of your classes.
The staff in the International Student Services Office will host an orientation for the international students to familiarize them with the campus and facilities at CCS. Included in the orientation session will be information on maintaining your F-1 visa status. It is imperative that you attend this session.
Knowing what to expect is a difficult prospect when traveling overseas. It applies both to students from America going off for a semester abroad as much as it applies to the International students coming to CCS from all corners of the earth. Students today have an advantage over the generations before them as communications advances and the internet have made the transition to another culture much easier.
For students who may be unfamiliar with the expectations of professors in America or are having trouble with their English language skills, we offer a wide variety of free academic assistance classes and tutoring at the Student Success Center. English conversation classes as well as grammar and writing tutors are available completely free of charge to all students at CCS.
All students at CCS are provided with confidential personal counseling by Michigan, state certified counselors. The counselors are available for students to discuss anything personal: relationships, stress, mental health, family issues, school problems, depression, LGBT-related concerns, anxiety, self-esteem, goal-setting, and so on. This service is 100% private and confidential and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm on the second floor of the Yamasaki Building. Appointments can be made via email to: ude.seidutsevitaercrofegelloc@gnilesnuoc or Students can call 313.664.7879.
Students living in CCS housing have comprehensive protection 24-hours a day. Guard posts are located throughout the campus as well as electronic door security for every CCS building. Security professionals are also constantly patrolling the grounds in vehicles and on foot. The combination of these security services has made CCS one of the safest campuses in the state of Michigan.
Finding after school activities in the Detroit Metro area is easy! While Detroit will seem unfamiliar at first, there are many activities to suit all tastes throughout the year.
Music lovers will be particularly pleased with the many music venues located in and around Detroit. Shows will range from the eclectic sound of Detroit rock to Jazz and blues and extending to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Summer is a great time for the music lover in Detroit. Nearly every week is a different free music festival to enjoy.
CCS is located in the Midtown neighborhood. Midtown is most widely known for its concentration of museums. All kinds of museums are here, history, science and of course art! Included in the list of museums are some of the downtown art galleries.
Although CCS is in the Midtown area the local bus system will allow students the freedom to easily explore other areas of Detroit with ease at a low cost of $1.50 per ride. Bus passes are available for those who are riding frequently; however, for weekend adventures a pass is not cost effective at $47.00. Once students are downtown, they will have the option to ride the Detroit "People Mover". This is a monorail type elevated train that circles the central downtown area. A map will help you make sense of the city that is appropriately laid out in the shape of a wheel with spokes coming out of the center.
For on campus activities please contact the Student Life Office