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Summer Term

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 being sent to incoming international students for summer term 2018.

Email #1 
Topics: immigration check-in, orientation, U.S. visa and Ohio State email



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 2018 mandatory immigration check-in:

Students do not need to pre-register the mandatory immigration check-in for summer term. Mandatory immigration check-in will take place on May 7 at 100 Enarson Classroom Building, from 1 - 4 p.m. 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
  7. Student Record Form

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.



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 2018



May 7, 2018

1 - 4 p.m.

100 Enarson Classroom Building


May 7, 2018

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.