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International Student News

Ohio State is home to more than 6,500 international students who are a vibrant part of the campus community and interact with faculty and staff every single day.

To educate faculty and staff about how they can work more effectively with the international student population, the Office of International Affairs developed the International Student Experience Workshop Series

The workshop has three sessions that cover three large themes: Pre-Arrival, Check-In and Orientation, Cultural Adjustment and Academics and Career Expectations.

The sessions will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share experiences on the selected topics. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for all three workshops, and those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate.

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International student orientation leaders and peer advisorsA change in the payment schedule for tuition and fees that applies to all new undergraduate, graduate and professional international students provides flexibility during their first semester at Ohio State. The change extends the payment deadline to the second Friday after the start of classes. For this autumn semester, that deadline would be Friday, September 1. This extended deadline only applies to an international student’s first semester of enrollment at Ohio State, and all future payments would be made according to Ohio State’s regular tuition and fee deadline schedule.

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Ohio State is expecting close to 2,000 new international students to join the Buckeye family this autumn semester.

They hail from all over the world – a total of 68 different countries will be represented including Albania, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia and Turkey.

The leading home countries for the new international students are China (1,380), India (236), South Korea (104), Malaysia (36) and Taiwan (30).

The Office of International Affairs plans and organizes orientation for international students once they arrive at Ohio State to help them prepare and acclimate to life in Columbus and at an American university.

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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will begin a new system for signing in and queuing students and scholars who walk in for advising hours or their appointments. This system will be paperless and will automatically alert the international student and scholar team when visitors sign in at the front desk.

Students coming in for advising on Fridays, STILL must schedule an appointment online and sign in with the receptionist at the front desk when they arrive at Enarson. For the walk-in advising hours that take place Monday – Thursday, 1 – 4 p.m., students will use the new appointment kiosk to sign in.

How to use the appointment kiosk:

  1. Approach the monitor located at the front desk
  2. Swipe your BuckID (if you don’t have a BuckID, click on No BuckID and search your name by lastname.#)
  3. Select the unit you are there to see
  4. Select your appointment type: Scheduled Appointment or Walk-In Advising
  5. If you are there for a scheduled appointment, select the immigration coordinator with whom you have an appointment
  6. If you are signing in during walk-in hours, select the topic you would like to discuss with an immigration coordinator

If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask the receptionist for help.

A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, May 5 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building. All international students, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend and be recognized for their tremendous accomplishment.

Graduating students will be introduced at the reception and given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and their future plans after graduation. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring their own camera as well. Graduates are also encouraged to bring their country's flag to the reception. You can view slideshows of previous graduation receptions here.

If you are able to attend the reception, please register and let us know the number of guests you plan to bring to the event.