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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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Starting with Reading Day on April 24, the Office of International Affairs will have spaces reserved for students who need a quite place to study throughout finals week in rooms 100 and 160.
Dates and times:

April 24 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
April 25 - 4 - 9 p.m.
April 26 - 6:30 - 9 p.m.
April 27 - 4 - 9 p.m.
April 30 - 4 - 9 p.m.

On the day of Reading Day, the global engagement team will also have snacks and coffee available starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last in 160 Enarson Classroom Building. Room 100 will also be available until 9 p.m. as a designated study area for students looking for a quiet place to prepare for exams. In room 160, at 12 p.m., there will be a special activity led by Program Coordinator Dan Montour.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently announced that a new "SEVP Portal" will be launched on March 23, 2018 for F-1 students on OPT and STEM to self-report certain information.   
  1. If you have applied for OPT, please be aware that once your EAD card has been approved and your OPT start date has been reached, you will receive an e-mail from Do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov with instructions on how to create your SEVP Portal account.
  2. If you are currently on OPT, you will receive an email from Do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov on March 23, 2018 with instructions on how to create your SEVP Portal account. If your employment information has changed, you can make updates through the SEVP Portal. You will also need to complete the "OIA OPT Reporting Form" available on the OIA Website. If the changes necessitate an updated I-20, an OIA Immigration Coordinator will contact you. If your employment information has not changed, you do not need to take any further action once you have created your account.
  3. If you are currently on STEM OPT, you will need to create an account, but the information you can update will be limited. Please contact an OIA Immigration Coordinator if there is a change in your employment information.

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