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  • Autumn semester 2020

    Information for international students regarding returning to campus.

  • Virtual Advising

    Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs are available for virtual advising M-F from 1-4 p.m. via CarmenZoom.

  • Health Professionals

    Health professionals across the globe can sign up for Ohio State's Global One Health initiative's collection of online courses offered for free under the online Canvas Network.

Summer Term

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, adjustments to in-person orientation programming may be necessary.

Immigration Check-In and Orientation-specific updates will be posted on this website. For general information on Ohio State’s response to the pandemic, visit go.osu.edu/coronavirus.

International student orientation

Incoming international undergraduate students should review emails sent to them from the Office of International Affairs very carefully.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer 2020 term classes are going to be offered online; there will be no classes offered on campus. Because of this switch to all distance learning, you should not be traveling to the United States to attend summer term, nor should you use the I-20 that you have been issued to travel to the United States.

At this time no action is required from you on your I-20 or DS2019, but we do encourage you to check with the department/program you’ve been admitted to for any additional requirements they may have for you beginning your program online this summer.

If you are currently inside the United States, please email iss@osu.edu so that we can advise you accordingly.


All new international students planning on taking online classes this term, must complete orientation.

Orientation will take place virtually through CarmenCanvas, Ohio State's online learning management system. You will be automatically registered for the Orientation modules. The modules will be available May 4 and will consist of a series of presentations and videos aimed at introducing you to Ohio State, providing important information and helping you become familiar with available resources. You will be expected to complete the modules on your own time from May 4-11. For help in accessing orientation on CarmenCanvas, refer to the Get Started Guide.

If you have problems accessing CarmenCanvas, contact the OCIO Help Desk at ServiceDesk@osu.edu or call 614-688-4357 (HELP).

On May 11, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. EST, the Office of International Affairs will host a live virtual session, where you can ask any follow-up questions to further help with your transition this summer. You can submit your questions when you register for the event. Register online.

Immigration Check-In 

Only tranfer students already living in the United States, will have to complete immigration-check in at this point. 

An immigration coordinator at the Office of International Affairs will reach out to you individually to schedule a virtual appointment to complete your immigration check-in—please continue to check your Buckeyemail account.

If you have any questions, please email iss@osu.edu and include your name, email, SEVIS ID# or Campus ID#.

You must have 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 your virtual immigration check-in appointment. 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.