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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.

International students graduating Ohio State this semester, along with their friends and family, are invited to celebrate their achievement on Friday, December 16 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in 100 and 160 Enarson Classroom Building.

All graduating students will be introduced at the reception over refreshments and will be given the chance to share their future plans and favorite Ohio State memories. If you have a country flag, please bring it to the reception and display it with pride. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will also be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring cameras as well. 

Please let us know if you are able to attend the reception, indicate the number of people joining you, and tell us about any outstanding accomplishments you've achieved here at Ohio State.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will raise application fees effective December 23. 

If you are planning to apply for a change of status, reinstatement, economic hardship or employment authorization (J-2, OPT, STEM, etc.), we recommend you submit your application before the increase takes effect. I-539 application fees will increase from $290 to $370 and I-765 applications will increase from $380 to $410. 
Applications postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include these new fees or USCIS will reject the submission.
Visit USCIS' website for more information.