Aug 19, 2021

COVID-19 Updates

As Ohio State continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19 and take appropriate steps to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) will provide regular updates and guidance for students, scholars, faculty and staff relating to international travel and services. 

Visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for the latest university-wide updates and information related to the return to campus.

Resources for emotional support are available through Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service. To stay abreast of recent travel restrictions, visit the U.S. Health and Human Services website and Ohio State travel alerts. Additional guidance can be found on the World Health Organization website and the Wexner Medical Center website.


Effective July 1, 2021, the university will again allow business-related travel in line with updated health and safety requirements and our continued focus on fiscal responsibility. In support of a safe, gradual resumption of travel, international risk management and the International Travel Policy Committee will assess and review all student international travel. The ITPC assessment is already in progress for autumn and winter 2021, with limited approvals of OIA-managed global education programs. Ohio State will seek to gradually assess and introduce additional options for spring 2022 through autumn 2022. View the protocols and assessment schedule at

Global Education

Travel for Office of International Affairs managed programs has been assessed for autumn semester and winter break programs. Third party provider and exchange programs in South Korea and the United Kingdom were approved for autumn semester. All faculty-led winter break programs have been cancelled.

Spring semester is being assessed for viability. Program viability decisions will be rendered as follows:

  • Spring semester 2022 programs: September 24, 2021
  • Spring break 2022 faculty-led programs and summer 2022 programs with required pre-requisite courses: November 10, 2021
  • Summer term programs
    • May session faculty-led: January 31
    • Later summer faculty-led: February 28
    • Third party provider and direct enroll: March 14 

Should it be determined that a program is not viable, decisions may be rendered earlier than the published deadline dates. These viability dates are for OIA-managed programs only.

Students are encouraged to explore their options, including virtual programs, and learn more by browsing the global education program search tool, watching a tutorial, attending a Getting Started Session, listening to a Buckeyes Abroadcast and participating in a Buckeye Bridge Series event. For these events and more, visit the Office of International Affairs calendar. Should students have questions or need to speak with a global education specialist, please call 614-292-6101 or email

International Students

For the majority of our services, the most efficient way for OIA to assist students at this time will be via email. Forms can be accessed at and can be scanned and emailed to Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs are available for virtual advising Monday – Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. via CarmenZoom. Students can register for 15-minute appointments at Learn more about international student services for Autumn 2021.

Ohio State expects to return to in-person autumn semester. Ohio State will offer a mix of in-person, online and blended courses with at least 75% of classes designated to be taught in person.

International Scholars

Scholar immigration specialists are available by email (preferred) and phone Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will continue essential actions in the SEVIS system for J-1 scholars, such as J-1 extensions and departure notifications, ensuring the J-1 scholar’s immigration record will not be jeopardized. Learn more about limited front desk services.

Human Resources Professionals

We are still accepting J-1 scholar and H-1B cases via IntBuckeye. However, printing of all DS-2019 immigration documents for J-1 scholars will be delayed. Additionally, since our physical office location in Enarson is closed, we are unable to offer pick-ups of documents such as DS-2019s and I-797 approval notices. Learn more at