JULY 23rd

 5 pm

            COVID19 and international students: Challenges for schools and employers

While the U.S. Government has rescinded proposed restrictions on international students whose schools were offering only on-line instruction, this threat combines with other challenges of the pandemic to chill enthusiasm for both inbound and outbound international student programs.  Such international students are a vital source of talent for companies around the world, including the United States and Europe.  Internships and co-op programs provide valuable experience for students and fresh energy and ideas for companies; these can also be valuable hiring pathways for companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Optional Practical Training, which provides meaningful work experiences for students, is also under threat.

Join us for a discussion with university administrators and employers from France and the United States to discuss these developments and assess their likely impact. 



  • Cedric Balarin, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce in Michigan
  • Isabelle Bibet-Kalinak, Esq., Honorary French Consul in Cleveland and Member, McDonald Hopkins law firm
  • Karine Chaux, Dean, CEFAM
  • Philippe Garnier, CEO and General Manager, Safran Landing Systems
  • Jenni Sutmoller, Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Cincinnati International
  • Dr. Fernando Unzueta, Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, The Ohio State University