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Final exam season is just around the corner! Maximize your academic success and lower your stress by checking out these five useful campus resources you may not even have heard of.

  1. Dennis Learning Center’s online academic success tutorials – videos and podcasts on topics ranging from test taking strategies, effective note review, test anxiety, avoiding procrastination and more
  2. Universities Libraries has an extensive staff of Subject Librarians – each field of study at the university has its own specialized librarian to help students navigate the libraries’ holdings, acquire hard-to-find materials, and generally assist students in research
  3. Universities Libraries offers Research Tutoring – research tutors are available to provide assistance to undergraduate students on all matters related to conducting research
  4. The Writing Center’s online writing guides – the Writing Center, aside from offering in-person and online consultations, also makes available an extensive collection of writing resources, on subjects such as writing mechanics, paper content and organization, conducting research, and much, much more
  5. University Housing’s Tutoring in the Residence Halls – certified peer tutors can help you review concepts in math, physics, chemistry and other subjects; tutoring is available in four residence halls in different areas of campus



All international undergraduate students are invited to enroll in a seven-week course for spring semester 2019, ESEPSY 2060: Academic Success Strategies for International Students (session 1; TuTh 12:45 - 2:05 p.m.; Younkin 150).

The course is designed to help international students adapt to U.S. academic culture and practice skills (e.g., communicating with instructors, class participation, source citation, time management, active learning) needed for success in Ohio State classrooms. Students will also become familiar with a wide variety of campus resources.

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An increasing number of international students and scholars are targeted by scams. The most common scams encountered are those involving tuition, taxes, traveling, employment and immigration.

The Columbus Division of Police recently released a video describing the most current scam targeting international students.

As the holiday season approaches, please be suspicious if anyone who demands that you wire them money. Do not share your personal or financial information with unknown persons, and remember that government officials will never call you and ask you for money.

The Office of International Affairs will continue to share information on potential scams through our newsletters to keep students and scholars and their personal information safe.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, or email, please report it to local law enforcement by calling University Police at 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

Erik Gaarder

Erik Gaarder, immigration coordinator at the Office of International Affairs received the prestigious Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional at the 2018 NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Regional Conference, which includes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

The award is presented each year to an individual who has been in international education for less than three years and who has made significant contributions to their office or to the field of international education.

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The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 25 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released November 13.

Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation’s colleges and universities and 3rd in the Big Ten with 2,714 students studying abroad in 2016-17. The university also ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,632 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year. A slight decrease in study abroad enrollment can be attributed to the more than 230 students in the Ohio State Marching Band that participated on a one-time-only short-term program to London during 2015-16, contributing to Ohio State’s No. 5 ranking last year with 2,886 students studying abroad.

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