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Autumn Semester

International student orientation

Incoming international graduate students should review the mandatory immigration check-in and orientation information carefully.

Please note that you can only enter the United States a maximum of 30 days prior to the reporting date on your Initial Form I-20 or DS-2019. We recommend that you arrive at least 2 - 3 weeks before classes start to attend orientation for fall semester, in order to complete necessary activities, such as settling into your residence hall or apartment, setting up a bank account, obtaining your student ID, and attending MANDATORY Check-In.

The Office of International Affairs has designed a series of emails to help prepare you for your arrival at Ohio State. You will be receiving these emails every Monday leading up to your arrival on campus. These emails are also archived below.

Also, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website and with our International Student Handbook for important information about immigration, tuition, academics, cultural awareness and life in the United States.


Pre-Arrival Email Archive 

Below are the archived emails being sent to incoming international students for autumn 2019.

Email #1: Activating Ohio State account, paying acceptance fee and other important first steps
Email #2: Mandatory immigration check-in and orientation, U.S. visa and Ohio State email
Email #3: When you should arrive in Columbus, ESL Placement Test, health screening, required vaccinations, health insurance and interim health insurance
Email #4: Paying tuition, SEVIS fee, housing and summer storage options
Email #5: Packing information and entering the United States
Email #6: Mandatory immigration check-in registration and arriving at Ohio State
Email #7: Reminder to register for mandatory immigration check-in
Email #8: Setting up BuckeyePass and transportation information
Email #9: Getting involved


Immigration Check-In 

At mandatory immigration check-in, staff will be available to meet with you, review your immigration documents, discuss important immigration regulations, and answer any questions you may have. Please note that check-in only occurs during weekdays and is not possible to schedule a check-in time during weekends. 

American Language Program (ALP) students should report directly to Room 60, Arps Hall for check-in.

All other students should check-in directly with OIA including exchange, transfer and returning.

Registering for Autumn 2019 mandatory immigration check-in: 

The registration window for immigration check-in will be Monday, June 3-Saturday, June 22. Be sure to sign up as soon as you have made your travel plans, in order to get your preferred time.

In order to register for an immigration check-in appointment, please visit scarletandgray.osu.edu using the general access code, OIA2019. To register, you will need your Ohio State username (your name.#) and password. See instructions on how to activate your Ohio State username and email.

Please double check the date and time of your appointment at the top of the confirmation message. If you are still unsure of your registration confirmation or have other registration questions, please email iss@osu.edu with your full name and SEVIS ID number and preferred immigration check-in time.

Mandatory international student immigration check-in will be held in the Ohio Union. 

You must bring the following documents with you to immigration check-in:

  1. Admission letter to Ohio State
  2. Current Passport
  3. Current U.S. Visa
  4. I-94 card (Print a copy at cbp.gov/i94)
  5. Ohio State Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (Note: if you have an active immigration record that is being transferred from another institution in the U.S. to Ohio State, please bring your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from your previous school.)
  6. Form I-20(s) or Form DS-2019(s) of your dependents (spouse and children), if applicable

Before your appointment, make sure to set up BuckeyePass, a multifactor authentication service provided by Ohio State, which is required when accessing your different Ohio State accounts. It helps protect your account even if your password is stolen. You must have BuckeyePass set up on a device that you will have with you during immigration check-in. You won't be able to complete the process without BuckeyePass. The easiest way to set up BuckeyePass is to download the Duo Mobile app on your mobile device. View instructions on how to set up BuckeyePass and download Duo Mobile.

At immigration check-in, you will also receive information regarding:

  1. How to maintain your immigration status
  2. Orientation
  3. Placement tests (if necessary)
  4. Required health screening
  5. BuckID (university identification card)
  6. Parking permit (if necessary)
  7. Resources on and off campus

Note: You will not be able to register for your classes unless you have attended immigration check-in, and immigration check-in appointments cannot be scheduled for the weekends.



When you register for an immigration check-in time, you will be automatically scheduled for the orientation occurring on August 15, which cannot be changed. All students must attend the orientation session, no exceptions

Mandatory Immigration Check-In Dates Corresponding Orientation Sessions

July 29-August 14

August 15