International Scholars

Tools and Resources

The Scholar Resource Guide is given to all new scholars and is a guide with various information about Ohio State.

Services available to Ohio State faculty, staff and students includes information regarding bookstores, computers, copy services, The Lantern, libraries, recreational sports and beauty services.


There are several bookstores along High Street and on campus that sell textbooks, school supplies and Ohio State merchandise. All of these locations accept BuckID.

Barnes and Noble at The Ohio State University
1598 North High Street (South Campus Gateway)

College Town
1770 North High Street

BuckID Card

The BuckID card is available for children and spouses of Ohio State faculty, staff and students. It may be used in various places, such as the RPAC (recreation) facility, the COTA bus, the Ohio State libraries or as a debit card in many stores and food venues around campus.

For more information, contact:
BuckID Office
3040 Ohio Union
1739 N. High Street


The Office of the Chief Information Officer manages technology resources at Ohio State.

Wi-Fi on Campus

There are many Wi-Fi hotspots near and on the Ohio State campus where you can connect your wireless-enabled computer to the internet. Across campus, Ohio State faculty, staff and students can connect to OSU Wireless network with their name.# and password. Some visitor locations on campus also offer free AT&T Wifi Hotspots.

Computer Help

For computer set-up, assistance and questions, Ohio State faculty, staff and students can visit the BuckeyeBar inside Thompson Library from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Purchasing Computers

If you are interested in buying a computer, Ohio State has prime supplier agreements with Dell, HP, Lenovo and IBM to sell computers to faculty, staff and students at a discounted rate. Apple, Inc. also offers discounted computers and software for university faculty, staff and students. These computers can be purchased on campus at Tech Hub.
For more information, please visit:
Tech Hub
2059 Millikin Rd

The Department of Homeland Security offers emergency response to aviation and border security.

DHS = Department of Homeland Security.

DOS = Department of State, the overseeing department of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

DS-2019 = The immigration document for students and visiting scholars in J-1 status.

Form I-797 = After an H-1B petition is approved by USCIS a Form I-797 H-1B approval notice (Notice of Action) is issued and sent to OIA. This document indicates the H-1B employer and the dates of the approved H-1B status.

I-20 = The immigration document for students in F-1 status.

I-94 Card = This small white arrival/departure card shows that the status held is H-1B and indicates the current end date of the H-1B status. (The H-1B approval will include a new I-94 card.)

SEVIS = Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, a database administered by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, USICE.

USCIS = United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of Department of Homeland Security.

USICE = United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of Department of Homeland Security.