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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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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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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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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.