Office of International Programs

The mission of the Office of International Programs is to enrich Kettering University's global heritage and enhance its international reputation by engaging the University's entire faculty, student body, staff, trustees, alumni and friends in the pursuit of global understanding and international experiences.

The Office of International Programs is the facilitator for international students, professors, scholars and visitors from around the world. We provide services and information on F-1 and J-1 immigration status issues, exchange programs, orientation sessions, employment, taxes, cultural tours, etc.

Upon arrival on campus F-1 and J-1 students and J-1 scholars/professors are required to report to the International Office Room 1-919 in the Academic Building, with their passports, visas, and I-94 cards. This office maintains a file with information that may be requested by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Contact Us:
Academic Building 3-340
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504- 6214
Phone: (810) 762-9869  
Fax: (810) 762-9520
Office Hours
8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.


International Office Staff:

Dr. Basem Alzahabi 
Director - International Office
(810) 762-9690

Kelsey Fedewa
International Student Coordinator
(810) 762-9702

Noreen Perkins
Administrative Specialist
(810) 762-9869
David Hamilton
International Student Coordinator
(810) 762-7960

International Students at Kettering

Kettering University is an independent degree-granting granting institution with emphasis on cooperative education. The undergraduate and graduate programs offer majors in applied mathematics, sciences, biochemistry, engineering, computer science, and management. The university offers innovative and responsive graduate level programs for resident students and working professionals.

International exchange students who attend Kettering only for an academic term do not typically participate in a co-op work term. There are, however exceptions depending on the availability of work opportunities.

All international full-time 5 year enrollees or full-time transfer students must participate in alternating academic and work terms throughout their career as a Kettering student. This means that one-half of the full-time student body is in school while the other half is at work with a co-op employer.

Since Kettering operates on a four-term-per-year schedule, international exchange students have the option of attending whichever academic term best fits his or her personal situation.

International exchange students who attend either spring or fall term have the option to schedule " Written & Oral Communications for International students." This class begins one week before the term starts thus increasing the academic term for these students to (12) weeks.

Kettering students wishing to study abroad should email the International Office at or call (810) 762-9869. General information about study abroad may be found on the study-abroad website.