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The Office of International Affairs is committed to supporting and assisting the university community with international related-concerns. In light of the recent Executive Order and its implications for our university community, we want to provide additional information and resources for those students, faculty and staff who are affected or who may have concerns.

The Executive Order has suspended entry into the United States for non-immigrants and immigrants who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The period of suspension is 90 days from the date of signing of the executive order on January 27, 2017. The Department of Homeland Security has indicated that it will generally permit permanent residents ("green card" holders) from these countries to enter the United States. However, permanent residents from these countries may be subject to additional scrutiny and questioning upon entry to the United States.

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Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event that brings together more than 50 student organizations to provide a night of international food, cultural performances and exhibits to a crowd of about 4,000 attendees. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on February 17 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

All are invited to attend and entry to the event is free. Attendees can purchase (cash and BuckID only) $1 tickets to sample the array of international dishes prepared by the student organizations along with Student Life’s Dining Services chefs.

Each organization that will serve international cuisine, exhibit a cultural display or perform a dance or activity will embrace flavors and characteristics of their home countries represented by their organization.

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The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for Orientation Leaders – a diverse group of students who welcome new international students to Ohio State and the city of Columbus. Students who apply must be available to work 36-38 hours per week from Monday, July 24 - Sunday, August 20, 2017.Students selected as Orientation Leaders will be responsible for welcoming new international students, answering questions on a variety of topics such as transportation, life on campus and things to do in Columbus, while also leading orientation events and activities.

Click here to learn more about this paid position and apply to work alongside our Global Engagement team to make new international students feel at home. Applications are due by Monday, February 13 at 5 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Megan McCarthy.

 

Peer Advisors are undergraduate or graduate students who play an essential role in introducing new international students to Ohio State by familiarizing new students to important university resources and policies as well as sharing their experiences as successful students.

Throughout the academic year, Peer Advisors assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of capacities to help the newest members of our community be prepared to succeed in their Ohio State career right from the start. Peer Advisors work in collaboration with other students, Office of International Affairs, professional staff and other Ohio State administrators to ensure that new students have a positive check-in and orientation experience.

Learn more about this paid position and apply by Monday, February 13 at 5 p.m. Contact Amanda Yusko with any questions.

Ohio State is expecting close to 300 new international students for the Spring Semester. This would be a 41 percent increase from last year. 

The new international students hail from 33 different countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, Iran, New Zealand and Taiwan. The leading home countries for international students are China (130), Malaysia (36), South Korea (34) and India (19).

The Office of International Affairs plans and organizes orientation and activities for international students once they arrive at Ohio State to better prepare and acclimate them to life in Columbus. Activities include campus tours, a group lunch at a local restaurant, shopping and ice-skating. For a full list of activities download the calendar of events.