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Summer Term

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, 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 sent to incoming international students for summer term 2019.

Email #1: important first steps, immigration check-in, orientation and U.S. visa
Email #2: housing arrangements and ESL testing 
Email #3: tuition payment options 
Email #4: mandatory health screening, required vaccinations and health insurance
Email #5: what to pack, entering the United States and arriving at Ohio State
Email #6: orientation, mandatory immigration check-in and getting involved

 

Immigration Check-In 

At 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.

American Language Program (ALP) students should report directly to Room 60, Arps Hall for check-in. Then, report to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) for the mandatory immigration check-in.

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


Registering for Summer 2020 mandatory immigration check-in:

Registration is currently closed for summer term 2020. If you have any questions, please email iss@osu.edu and include your name, email, SEVIS ID# or Campus ID#.

You must bring the following documents with you to 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

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. BuckeyePass is 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. 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 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 check-in.

  

Orientation 

Now that you have registered for a check-in time, attend the orientation session that corresponds to your scheduled immigration check-in time. Below are the available sessions. You only have to attend one orientation session.

Semester/Year Immigration Check-In Dates Orientation Sessions

Summer 2020

 

 

TBD 

 

TBD