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Autumn Semester

International student orientation

Incoming international undergraduate 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 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 sent to incoming international students for Autumn Semester 2018.

Email #1
Topics: activating Ohio State account and paying acceptance fee

Email #2
Topics: when to arrive in Columbus, ESL placement testing and academic culture at Ohio State

Email #3
Topics: U.S. visa, health screening and vaccination requirement

Email #4
Topics: immigration check-in and orientation and health insurance

Email #5
Topics: housing, LEAP and storage options

Email #6
Topics: temporary housing and orientation events

Email #7
Topics: registering for immigration check-in and orientation, financial responsibility statement and paying tuition

Email #8
Topics: temporary housing options, entering the United States, what to pack and transportation arrangements

Email #9
Topics: deadline to register for immigration check-in, LEAP and engagemnet opportunities.

 

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. Immigration check-in appointments will take place starting July 30 - August 14 at the Ohio Union (1739 N High Street). You must register for a mandatory immigration check-in appointment.

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 2018 mandatory immigration check-in:

Registration is now open. In order to register, please visit scarletandgray.osu.edu and use the access code, OIA2018. 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.

The deadline to register is Friday, June 15. Once you have registered for your immigration check-in appointment, you will receive a confirmation email.

Please keep in mind that when you register for an immigration check-in time, you will be automatically scheduled for the corresponding orientation, which cannot be changed. All students must attend their assigned orientation session, no exceptions. 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 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
  7. Student Record Form
     

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
  8. Calendar of events and activities available to sign-up

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 weekend.

 

Orientation 

When you register for an immigration check-in time, you will be automatically scheduled for the corresponding orientation, which cannot be changed. All students must attend their assigned orientation session, no exceptions. Below are the available sessions for planning purposes. Each orientation session takes place for the duration of three days, and you only have to attend one orientation session and one immigration check-in appointment. For example, if you register to check in on August 3, then you will automatically be scheduled to attend the orientation session that will take place from August 6 - 8, which you must attend. 

Mandatory Immigration Check-In Dates Corresponding Orientation Sessions

July 30 -  August 3

Orientation #1: August 6 - 8
August 6 - 7 Orientation #2: August 8 - 10
August 8 - 10 Orientation #3: August 13 - 15
 August 13 - 14 Orientation #4: August 15 - 17
Location: Ohio Union Location: TBD