China Pre-Departure Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation

COVID-19 Update

Ohio State continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19 and is taking appropriate steps to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community. As circumstances surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing, in-person orientation programming during the summer, has been canceled.

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The Ohio State University offers a Pre-Departure Orientation for new Chinese students who have been accepted and have paid their acceptance fee. The Pre-Departure Orientation offers an opportunity for future students, and their families, to learn more about college life, meet other Ohio State students and university staff and learn important information before traveling to the United States.

The Pre-Departure Orientation is a one-day program offered in Shanghai and Beijing. Students can choose one of the four sessions available, and each student can register themselves and two guests. Attending the orientation with family is a great way to build a foundation for success at Ohio State. Please refer below for the dates and locations of the available sessions.

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Dates and Times

Pre-Departure Orientation has been canceled for summer 2020.

Topics Covered

  • Academic Expectations
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Campus Involvement
  • Campus Safety
  • Immigration Information
  • Health Services
  • Dining and Transportation
  • And more! 

Alumni Receptions

We will be hosting a reception in each city with Ohio State alumni so you and your family have a chance to network with fellow Ohio State Buckeyes who call Beijing and Shanghai home. This event is not mandatory, but it is a great way to form connections with fellow Ohio State Buckeyes.

Activating your Ohio State Username

It is very important that you activate your Ohio State email account as soon as possible and prior to your arrival. There are currently two possible paths to activating your Ohio State username and password. For further instructions, please read the instructions for activating your email.

Required Placement Testing

A key component to your academic success at Ohio State is placing you into an academic course load that best fits your needs and your skill level. Incoming students at Ohio State are asked to take placement assessments in both mathematics and English. The purpose of these assessments is to determine which classes in math and English are a best for you.

Math and English Placement Testing Information

Students are encouraged to complete their placement testing prior to, or immediately following, their Pre-Departure Orientation.

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