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ScholarsIn this section, international scholars can find information and resources to support your transition and to help you comfortably adjust to your new life on campus and in Columbus.

Scholars can meet one-on-one with coordinator from the international student and scholar team to get answers to questions about immigration regulations, cultural differences and financial matters. Learn more about scheduling an appointment.

Scholars can find information about the types of visas needed for their stay in the United States, links to academic programs, how to pay tuition, housing options, an overview of the campus and life in Columbus and much more.

Ohio State departments looking to successfully invite international scholars to The Ohio State University can check out our page for more infomation.

All of these services help ensure that international scholars and their families have the greatest opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals during their time at Ohio State. 


International Buckeye is the Ohio State University’s portal for immigration services relating to international students, scholars, faculty and staff at Ohio State. When inviting new scholars to Ohio State, Human Resource Professionals (HRPs) must compile all necessary documents and upload them into International Buckeye.

In order to gain access to International Buckeye, HRPs must complete two in-person trainings and one online training, which are offered through BuckeyeLearn, Ohio State's learning management system for faculty, staff and student employees. To complete the curriculum, HRPs must complete the following steps:

  1. Click on the link titled Launch the International Buckeye curriculum below (you may need to log in with Ohio State credentials)
    • This link will automatically register you for the International Buckeye curriculum and launch the curriculum
  2. Register for and attend the two in-person trainings, H-1B: Immigration Process and Procedures and J-1: Immigration Process and Procedures
    • Note that it may take a day after you’ve attended the sessions for your BuckeyeLearn transcript to reflect your attendance
  3. Once you have attended the sessions, the online training video will be unlocked
  4. Successfully complete the online quiz following the training video
  5. After completion of the online training, you will receive an email from the Office of International Affairs that contains next steps for requesting access to the International Buckeye system.

For step-by-step guidance to completing the International Buckeye curriculum through BuckeyeLearn, download the manual. If you are ready to start your training, launch the International Buckeye curriculum.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will soon introduce a new software system, IntBuckeye, which will enhance services for international students, scholars and departments. With this new system, students and scholars will be able to upload documents, submit forms and make requests electronically to our office making most requests paperless and less time consuming.

IntBuckeye is scheduled for implementation on December 6, and additional functionality will be rolled out in phases. Updates will be provided regarding the phases as they are implemented.

During the initial phase of data migration and installation, which will be November 30 – December 5, in-person advising will be unavailable and responses to email and phone calls may be significantly delayed.

Additionally, due to the change in software systems, departmental requests to OIA via the Scholar Center will end on November 22.  As a result, department representatives compiling materials for J-1 scholars and H-1B employees must complete and submit all the case materials through the Scholar Center by November 22, or start the case again in IntBuckeye after December 6.

Trainings for departmental representatives to gain access and learn how to submit J-1 and H-1B cases through IntBuckeye will be offered November 13 and 15.  More information will be forthcoming about how to register for one of these sessions. 

We appreciate your patience as we undergo these software changes and become fully operational under IntBuckeye.

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