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All international undergraduate students are invited to enroll in a newly developed seven-week course for autumn semester 2018, ESEPSY 2060: Academic Success Strategies for International Students (class number: 35953; session 2; TuTh 12:45 – 2:05 p.m.; Younkin 220). 

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.

The two-credit hour course will be offered during the second seven-week session of autumn 2018, and again for the first seven-week session of spring 2019. The instructor has many years of experience working with international students and with teaching study skills. 

Students may contact Caroline Omolesky, international student academic liaison at the Office of International Affairs with any questions.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump's executive order, it is important for international students and scholars to know that the Office of International Affairs is here to provide information and resources for individuals directly affected by this policy and to those who may have concerns.

Although the executive order restricts travel to the United States by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, an exemption continues to benefit individuals from those countries who have a credible and documented "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. For example, students from the designated countries who have been admitted to U.S. educational institutions such as Ohio State, individuals who have accepted an offer of employment, or lecturers invited to address an audience in the United States have met the necessary requirements. This policy may lengthen wait times for those seeking new visas to enter the United States. Ohio State strongly encourages new students and scholars from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to begin the visa application process early.

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PDO 2018

Ohio State hosted its Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in China for its sixth consecutive year in Beijing and Shanghai with record number of students attending each session.

Approximately 547 students and 567 parents registered for this year’s PDO.

PDO offers two sessions in each city to Chinese students who will be attending Ohio State and provides them with information to help them get an early adjustment to college in the United States. PDO also offers presentations to parents so that they better understand their student's future college experience and learn how they can best support their student's academic pursuits.

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LEAP Students with Program Coordinator Dan Montour

The Office of International Affairs is proud to announce the second year of the Language Excellence and Academic Preparedness (LEAP) program. LEAP is a pre-first semester non-credit program that will prepare first-year international students for The Ohio State University experience.

The priority deadline is June 1 – admission will occur on a rolling admission prior to June 1. The final deadline to apply is July 1 at 11:59 p.m. Only 30 students will be selected.

To learn more and apply, visit u.osu.edu/leap

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PDO Student VolunteersFor its sixth consecutive year, Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in China will provide incoming Chinese students the opportunity to get an early start on college adjustment by meeting student volunteers and university staff and learning more about the campus and the American college experience.

PDO takes place in both Beijing and Shanghai over the course of two days and is made possible with the help of student volunteers who will be in China for the summer and want to help prepare new students.

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