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On July 24, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a final announcement and further guidance concerning international students who plan to enroll at a U.S. institution in the fall.

The July 24 guidance both supersedes ICE July 6 and 7 guidance and clarifies March 2020 guidance that is now in effect due to a court decision rendered July 14.

The July 24 guidance confirms that international students can engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19, however, there are additional limitations for new international students.

For more detailed information, please visit view the updated Frequently Asked Questions.

The India Gateway hosted a virtual pre-departure preparation session on Friday, July 10, for incoming graduate students from India. In collaboration with the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Student Academic Success and the College of Engineering, the pre-departure session offers the opportunity for students to learn about life at Ohio State, connect with other Ohio State student and university staff and learn important information before attending classes. Due to COVID-19, the session was held virtually for the first time.

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As Ohio State transitions to resuming some in-person operations, the Office of International Affairs would like to share tips and resources to better serve international students in getting their answers more efficiently.

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Our website can provide you with immigration information, regulation updates and resources and is always available. Make sure to became familiar with our website. Some important pages to review:

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Ohio State nursing students earn clinical hours abroad via pilot program with Lovisenberg Diaconal University College in Oslo, Norway

"As a future midwife, I hope to work in a variety of settings all over the world, and look forward to entering a truly global profession. My abroad nursing experience in Norway not only expanded my view of what it means to be a nurse, but also allowed me to fulfill the abroad component to complete my Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health," reflects Katie Gorbold, a nurse midwife candidate in the College of Nursing, who studied abroad in Norway in the summer of 2019. Nursing students earned clinical hours via a pilot program with Lovisenberg Diaconal University College in Oslo, Norway.

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Every year, Ohio State welcomes thousands of international students to campus. In these unprecedented times, new international students won't be able to enjoy the traditional Buckeye experience.

However, the Office of International Affairs will host a series of virtual events beginning August 3 to help new international students transition to college life, make new connections and learn about available resources. We would like to invite students to log in to our social events and help us give new international students a warm welcome to Ohio State.

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Angela Adams studying abroad in Italy"The main thing to take away from [my exchange experience] is step outside your comfort zone and go experience things you thought you would never be interested in. Chances are you either learn something or you get inspired to take your life in a different direction," reflects Angela Adams, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business marketing major who participated in a Fisher Student Exchange experience with Università Bocconi during Spring 2019.

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ScientificRootsinEurope2020Buckeyes Abroadcasts, an education abroad podcast, is making its official debut this week.

Hosted by Ryan Vonderhaar and Charlie Gbur, Buckeyes Abroadcasts will discuss education abroad programs, resident directors, ways to stay globally engaged while remaining in the U.S. and the basics of education abroad including program type, how to apply for a program, grants and scholarships and more.

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Ohio State students, faculty and staff have made significant adjustments due to COVID-19 since the university declared a state of emergency on March 22. The remainder of the spring semester and summer term were transitioned to online learning, CarmenZoom became a necessity to complete classwork and virtual communication is the new normal.   

The India Gateway, while working with the Office of International Affairs, connected with international students from India to provide support and point them to appropriate resources.

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2019PDOFor the eighth consecutive year, the China Gateway is hosting a pre-departure orientation (PDO) for incoming students from China. This year is the first it will be virtual instead of in-person.

Since 2012, the Office of International Affairs has offered this opportunity for future students and their families to learn more about college life, connect with other Ohio State students and university staff and learn important information before attending classes.

Phoebe You, director of the China Gateway, said that it was important to continue with PDO virtually so new students and their families understand that Ohio State provides a supportive and nurturing environment for its international student population.  

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Thiru AtherThiruppathy (Thiru) Srinivasan is a 1991 graduate of the mechanical engineering master’s program and was a university fellow. As a student, he compiled a thesis with his academic advisor Cheena Srinivasan, professor and former chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Currently, Thiru is the executive vice president of Strategy for Ather Energy, a fast-growing leader in smart electric vehicle technologies and products.

Thiru’s career has spanned over 29 years in the U.S. and Asia in the manufacturing, sourcing and technology industries. Through his various roles, he established new technology-based product businesses, green field factories and expanded operations in factories which led to thousands of new jobs along with higher standards of engineering excellence and higher profit margins for the companies.

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