Oct 14, 2020

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, we will provide regular updates and guidance for students, scholars, faculty and staff relating to international travel. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) understands that COVID-19 protocols will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these measures.

As the university prepares to gradually return to campus, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

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.

Below are useful information and resources available to students, scholars, faculty and staff.


Ohio State’s travel restrictions for non-essential domestic and international travel are currently extended through December 31, 2020. In accordance with the travel guidelines, the university cancelled all education abroad programs for the autumn 2020 semester including the winter-break period. Further, as of October 9, 2020, the university cancelled all education abroad programs for the spring 2021 semester given the sustained influx in the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and continued volatility internationally including uncertainties around country-specific travel restrictions and limitations around the world, such as border closures and local/regional lock-downs.

Education Abroad

Ohio State has canceled all university-sponsored, direct enrollment, exchange and third-party education abroad programs, practicums and internships for spring semester 2021. Sponsoring departments and students who have registered for spring semester programs have been notified of the cancellation decision. Students interested in virtual options are encouraged to review Education Abroad’s Program Search tool for virtual programming  and the Office of International Affair’s new Global Teaching and Learning Initiative. Should students have questions or need to speak with an education abroad 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 limited front desk services.

In-person classes resumed for autumn 2020. Courses are being offered in different formats—some are in person, some are online (“distance learning”), and some offer a blend of in-person, online and other activities (“hybrid” courses). 

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 through March 31. Learn more at