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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

January 8, 2020 - Ohio State is actively monitoring the impact of the devastating bush fires in Australia. The primary resources being monitored are the fire services of each individual state or territory. While fires are widespread, there has not been a significant impact on the urban areas where programming is scheduled. Currently Ohio State only has one student studying in Australia. Additional students are planning to depart when Australian universities resume their academic year in late February. The bush fire season typically concludes in February/March.

At this point, Ohio State has not cancelled or relocated any programming. Travelers with respiratory conditions or sensitivity to air quality concerns are advised to speak with their treating medical provider and prepare to travel with knowlege and information about health resources. All travelers are also advised to consult with local resources, including regional fire services before undertaking extracurricular travel within Australia. Advice by Australian authorities to defer travel to or depart from areas should be duly followed.

June 11, 2019 – The Ugandan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. The individual is reported to be a 5-year old child from Butembo (DRC), whose family crossed into the Kaesese District of Uganda on June 9, 2019 and arrived at Kagando Hospital about 12-miles from the border. The child has been transferred to a specialized treatment center in Bwera on the border with DRC. The Ugandan Ministry of Health is conducting contact tracing to determine those in contact with the individual while he was infectious. Those persons will all undergo 21+ days of observation by the authorities to see if they develop Ebola symptoms. Emerging reports indicate two additional relatives of the child may also exhibit symptoms. There are no confirmed cases in any other parts of the country.

Ohio State has two groups actively in Uganda.

  1. The Global May Uganda is in country through June 15. The group has not traveled to Kaesese District or any neighboring districts during its time in Uganda. The group’s remaining itinerary is entirely in the capital area of Kampala/Entebbe. This is approximately 200 direct miles or 275 driving miles (7 hours) from the border area where the family crossed into Uganda.
  2. Ohio State also has a small graduate research team near Masaka. The research team is approximately 130 direct miles or 175 driving miles (4.5 hours) from the impacted area.

In response:

  1. Ohio State has confirmed that travelers have not entered Kaesese District, Uganda
  2. No travel is planned to Kaesese District and Ohio State has advised against current travel to the district.
  3. Out of abundance of caution Ohio State is currently advising against travel to any of the bordering districts, including Rubirizi, Kamwenge or Kabarole.

The incident is being monitored by Ohio State’s Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) task force, which is co-coordinated by the Chief Medical Officer of the Wexner Center for Medicine and the Medical Director of the University Hospital and includes multiple experts on infectious disease. Ohio State is also monitoring updates from WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its insurance providers.