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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.

Travel Alerts

February 25, 2020 – In response to the CDC issuance of a Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel Coronavirus in South Korea, Ohio State has suspended university-supported student travel to South Korea.

In following this protocol, Ohio State supported student travel is impacted in the following manner.

Spring 2020 travel

  1. Ohio State has two students currently enrolled in an education abroad program in Seoul, South Korea. Their program sponsor has announced a suspension of the program, and Ohio State is working with the students to facilitate their immediate return home.
  2. Additional undergraduate travel for the Spring 2020 semester is suspended while the CDC Warning Level 3 is in place. Ohio State will evaluate the temporary suspension at the point the CDC travel health notice is lowered.
  3. Graduate travel would require submission of an assessment to the International Travel Policy Committee, and review and approval by the Office of the Provost

Summer 2020 travel

  1. Ohio State has multiple programs scheduled to travel to South Korea in summer 2020. At this point those programs are not suspended.
  2. However, should the CDC Warning Level 3 remain in place, programming would not move forward.
  3. Ohio State will be evaluating those programs. Updates will be posted to the OIA Travel Alerts page and communicated to students by their Office of International Affairs program coordinator.

At this point, there are no restrictions on faculty or staff travel to South Korea. There are also no current reporting requirements on university or personal travel to and from South Korea. The university committee on COVID-19 coronavirus response will evaluate the impact of the CDC Warning Level 3 on additional university travel to South Korea. Any updates will be communicated by the Office of the Provost and leaders of Ohio State’s medical health teams and posted to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center website.

Ohio State is aware of additional CDC travel notices for other countries. Those will be addressed in an additional OIA Travel Alert.

February 23, 2020 - The Ohio State University, in accordance with the guidance of the CDC and U.S. Department of State, has extended the temporary suspension on all university supported travel to mainland China through April, 20 2020. Ohio State’s full statement on COVID-2019 coronavirus is available on the Wexner Medical Center website.

In following this protocol, Ohio State supported student travel is impacted in the following manner. Mainland China Any Ohio State supported undergraduate travel to China is suspended through April 20, 2020. Ohio State supported graduate student travel prior to April 20, 2020 will require submission of an assessment to be authorized by the Office of the Provost.

  1. The Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences have made the decision to preemptively suspend the Global Priority Access Global May China program for summer 2020. The summer 2020 program had a start date of May 3. The university plans to resume the program in summer 2021.
  2. The Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences are currently assessing the viability of the Intensive Chinese Language Program in Suzhou scheduled to start June 5.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is currently rated Tier 2: Specific Risk on Ohio State’s risk designated scale. Ohio State supported undergraduate travel to Hong Kong remains suspended through summer 2020, and graduate travel currently requires approval of a travel assessment.

Macau and Taiwan

The temporary restrictions on travel do not pertain to Macau or Taiwan.

Additional travel to Asia-Pacific Region

Ohio State is monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of State. This information is reviewed in consultation with university medical directors and campus experts in epidemiology and infectious disease. At this point, there have been no restrictions on travel or suspension of programs based on the professional resources.

Personal travel and travel to China

This Travel Alert does not address personal travel to China or university protocol for inbound travel from China. University reporting requirements for personal travel and guidance for travelers returning from China are addressed in the university COVID-2019 coronavirus update available on the Wexner Medical Center website.