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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

March 4, 2020 - Ohio State has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on international travel. Based on the issuance of CDC Warning Level 3 travel health notices, the university has suspended university-supported travel including education abroad programs in China, South Korea and Italy. For more information on Ohio State’s response to recent CDC guidance for student travel, please refer to the Office of International Affairs travel alerts page.

Spring break destinations for Ohio State students do not have current CDC travel health notices or similar risk indicators, and programs are on schedule to travel. However, Ohio State understands not all student travelers and their families will share the same risk tolerance.

As a result, Ohio State has offered all students participating in university-sponsored international experiences over spring break the option to withdraw from their program. Students choosing to withdraw will have their program fee credited to their statement of account and will not be subject to the cancellation policy.

For those students who choose to travel, should the region or country on their itinerary be elevated to CDC Warning Level 3, Ohio State will suspend programming and work swiftly to relocate students or arrange for return to the United States.

Currently this option is only being made available for spring break programs. Decisions for summer programs will be determined in the near future.

March 2, 2020 - The Ohio State University community should be aware that on March 1 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued additional guidance to institutions of higher education for student travel abroad as it relates to COVID-19.

Ohio State’s protocol for determining travel risk has always given primacy to the CDC travel health notice system, and we are adhering to its recommended guidance. Utilizing the CDC guide, Ohio State weights the CDC issuance of a Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel as equivalent to a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 4: Do not travel. Any country or region with either designation is elevated to our highest tier of risk, and Ohio State supported student travel is restricted pending assessment of the notice.

Accordingly, as the CDC issued Warning Level 3 notices for China, South Korea, and Italy, Ohio State swiftly moved to suspend current programming, reach out to students in the impacted locations and offer support and resources to depart the location and return to the United States. These decisions are not taken lightly as they present complications for student academic continuity and curtail an experience that students diligently planned for and expected to be a hallmark of their university career.

Although previously indicated in Ohio State’s risk designated scale, it should be clear in the midst of the challenging response to COVID-19 that if any new CDC Warning Level 3 notice is issued, Ohio State will suspend travel to the region or location for at least the duration the travel notice remains in effect.

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