International Students

Orientation Events

We're excited to welcome you to the Buckeye family! Explore campus and Columbus, make new friends and prepare for the start of autumn semester with these orientation events.

Need help or have questions? Visit the Ohio Union Welcome Booth located on the first floor of the Union. The Welcome Booth is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

Week one

Date and time Event Meeting location Description
Monday, August 1
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal.
Monday, August 1
2-4 p.m.

Columbus Coffee Trail

Welcome Booth It's more than a great cup of coffee. Quality craftsmanship and commitment to education are brewing behind each cup. Visit participating coffee shops and check-in digitally at each. After just four stops, you earn a Columbus Coffee Trail T-shirt. After stopping at each location on the trail, you'll earn a free Columbus Coffee Trail mug! Use #CbusCoffee to share your journey.
Tuesday, August 2
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal.
Tuesday, August 2
2-4 p.m.

Columbus Coffee Trail

Welcome Booth It's more than a great cup of coffee. Quality craftsmanship and commitment to education are brewing behind each cup. Visit participating coffee shops and check-in digitally at each. After just four stops, you earn a Columbus Coffee Trail T-shirt. After stopping at each location on the trail, you'll earn a free Columbus Coffee Trail mug! Use #CbusCoffee to share your journey.
Wednesday, August 3
9-10 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Wednesday, August 3
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Wednesday, August 3
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Grocery Shopping at Kroger

Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to Kroger, a local grocery store, to learn about food and products in the United States and shop for your home. Please bring money to purchase any items and bus fare.
Wednesday, August 3
4-5 p.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Thursday, August 4
10 a.m.

Spoken English Series: Intro to Fluency

CarmenZoom
Need a little practice and some quick tips to improve your spoken English? Our fluency workshops will focus on interactive speaking activities that practice specific public speaking goals for English Language Learners. It's a great way to meet new people and learn practical public speaking /conversation skills through short lessons and fun games. This week is an introduction to Fluency.

Register here.
Thursday, August 4
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Thursday, August 4
5-8 p.m.

Board Game Night

160 Enarson Classroom Building Join fellow students to learn and play popular board games in the United States to engage with others and make new friends before the start of the semester.
Friday, August 5
9-10 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Friday, August 5
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Friday, August 5
6-10 p.m.

The Book Loft & "Queen Margaret" (Shakespeare in the Park)

Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to The Book Loft, one of the nation's largest independent book stores with 32 rooms! After, enjoy Shakespeare's "Queen Margaret" at Schiller Park put on by Actors' Theatre of Columbus. Bring money for any purchases and bus fare. Admission to the play is free, and grass seating is available.
Saturday, August 6
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ohio State Fair

Welcome Booth Attend the Ohio State Fair for a day of live performances, agricultural competitions, educational displays and a chance to try traditional fair food. Admission is free for registered students – please bring money for any meals you plan to purchase or for certain rides.

Please note that there is a limited number of tickets available, and registration is required – register here.
Saturday, August 6
6-9 p.m.

Gallery Hop

Welcome Booth The first Saturday of every month is the Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District. Come with us to visit local art galleries, listen to street performers and browse local shops. Please bring money for any purchases.
Sunday, August 7
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Columbus Museum of Art

Welcome Booth The Columbus Museum of Art has a diverse collection of artwork, including many regions, styles and periods. Join fellow students for a free visit to the museum. Bring money for any purchases and bus fare.
Sunday, August 7
2-4 p.m.

Grocery Shopping at Kroger

Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to Kroger, a local grocery store, to learn about food and products in the United States and shop for your home. Please bring money to purchase any items and bus fare.

Week two

Date and time Event Meeting location Description
Monday, August 8
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shopping at Lenox

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a trip to a local shopping center where you can purchase clothes, groceries, home goods and more. Bring money for food and shopping.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Monday, August 8
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Monday, August 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Trivia Night

160 Enarson Classroom Building Join fellow students as we create teams and have a fun night together for fast-paced trivia. Topics include general knowledge, pop culture, U.S. culture and Ohio State trivia. In between questions, get to know other students and enjoy some music.
Tuesday, August 9
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus. Please bring money to purchase your meal.
Wednesday, August 10
8-9 a.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Wednesday, August 10
9-10 a.m.

Preparing Effective Papers

100 Enarson Classroom Building This academic workshop, led by a learning specialist from the Dennis Learning Center, will offer guidance on effective academic writing.
Wednesday, August 10
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Wednesday, August 10
4-5 p.m.

Campus Tour

Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Wednesday, August 10
6-9 p.m.

Schmidt's Group Dinner

Welcome Booth Join the Office of International Affairs for a group dinner at Schmidt's Sausage Haus & Restaurant, a popular German restaurant in the heart of Columbus.

Please note that there is a limited number of tickets available, and registration is required – register here.
Wednesday, August 10
7 p.m.

Spoken English Series: Emphasis, Emotion and Word Stress

CarmenZoom Need a little practice and some quick tips to improve your spoken English? Our fluency workshops will focus on interactive speaking activities that practice specific public speaking goals for English Language Learners. It's a great way to meet new people and learn practical public speaking /conversation skills through short lessons and fun games. This week our focus is on Emphasis, Emotion, and Word Stress.

Register here.
Thursday, August 11
9-10 a.m.

Developing Effective Study Skills: Memory Tools and Reading Strategies

160 Enarson Classroom Building This academic workshop, led by a learning specialist from the Dennis Learning Center, discusses memory and learning and offers guidance on how to study most effectively.
Thursday, August 11
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Group Lunch

Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Thursday, August 11
4-5 p.m.
Your Career Starts Here: Networking and Etiquette 160 Enarson Classroom Building This session will cover the importance of networking to American career-building and give tips for how to start networking now, even as someone brand new to the country. Professional etiquette and cultural differences in etiquette will be presented, including helpful tips on what to wear, how to communicate and how to maintain your confidence when networking with someone from a different culture.
Thursday, August 11
5-7:30 p.m.
Exploring Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North Welcome Booth Explore the Short North Arts District, filled with popular restaurants, art galleries, shops, and the beautiful Goodale Park. Bring money with you if you'd like to make any purchases and bus fare.
Friday, August 12
8-9 a.m.
Campus Tour Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Friday, August 12
9 a.m.-4p.m.
Columbus Zoo Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a fun day at the Columbus Zoo, a nationally ranked zoo and aquarium. Explore wildlife and regions from around the world! Admission and transportation are free for registered students. Please bring money to purchase food or any purchases. Limited space is available.

Please note that there is a limited number of tickets available, and registration is required – register here.
Friday, August 12
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Friday, August 12
4-5 p.m.
Campus Tour Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Friday, August 12
6-9:30 p.m.
Ohio State Men's Soccer vs. Ohio Dominican Outside Enarson Classroom Building Join fellow students and learn about Ohio State Buckeye sports culture as we cheer for the Ohio State Men's Soccer team against Ohio Dominican at the Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium. Admission is free for students. Meet outside of Enarson Classroom Building, where we'll walk to the stadium to join the student section. Please bring money for any concession purchases.
Saturday, August 13
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Exploring Columbus Neighborhoods: Clintonville Welcome Booth Explore the Clintonville neighborhood and learn about what this area has to offer, including a stop at a farmer's market! Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring money for any purchases you plan to make.
Saturday, August 13
3-7 p.m.
¡Festival Latino! Welcome Booth Explore ¡Festival Latino! and downtown Columbus to enjoy music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America. You'll also be able to learn more about Latinx communities and culture in central Ohio.
Sunday, August 14
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art Welcome Booth The Columbus Museum of Art has a diverse collection of artwork, including many regions, styles and periods. Join fellow students for a free visit to the museum.
Sunday, August 14
3-5 p.m.
Grocery Shopping at CAM Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to CAM, a local grocery store focused on East Asian groceries. This is a great way to find special products, ingredients or foods from your home country or region to feel more at home. Please bring money to purchase any items.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Sunday, August 14
6-10 p.m.

The Book Loft & "Queen Margaret" (Shakespeare in the Park)

Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to The Book Loft, one of the nation's largest independent book stores with 32 rooms! After, enjoy Shakespeare's "Queen Margaret" at Schiller Park put on by Actors' Theatre of Columbus. Bring money for any purchases and bus fare. Admission to the play is free, and grass seating is available.

Week three

Date and time Event Meeting location Description
Monday, August 15
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Shopping at Lenox Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a trip to a local shopping center where you can purchase clothes, groceries, home goods and more. Bring money for food and shopping.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Monday, August 15
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Monday, August 15
2-4 p.m.
Libraries Open House 150 Thompson Library The Middle East & Islamic Studies librarians invite all international students to learn about library resources and enjoy refreshments.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Monday, August 15
5-7:30 p.m.
Exploring Columbus Neighborhoods: Grandview Heights Welcome Booth Explore the Grandview Heights neighborhood and learn about what this area has to offer. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring money for any purchases you plan to make. Small groups can explore dinner options as well.
Tuesday, August 16
9-10 a.m.
Keys to Strategic, Confident Test Taking 160 Enarson Classroom Building This session will offer tips on how to effectively prepare for tests and exams. Specifically, the session will provide guidance on combating pre-exam stress, planning study sessions that lead to a sense of preparedness, effectively gathering and utilizing feedback from past exams, strategically approaching essay exams and staying calm during exams.
Tuesday, August 16
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Tuesday, August 16
2-4 p.m.
Shopping at Saraga International Grocery Welcome Booth Join us for a trip to Saraga International, a local international grocery store offering a wide selection of global products and ingredients. This is a great way to find special products, ingredients or foods from your home country or region to feel more at home. Please bring money to purchase any items.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Tuesday, August 16
6 p.m. (7:05 game start time)
Columbus Clippers Baseball Game Welcome Booth Enjoy America's favorite pastime and cheer on our local baseball team, the Columbus Clippers! Bring money if you'd like to purchase food at the game.

Please note that there is a limited number of tickets available, and registration is required – register here.
Wednesday, August 17
8-9 a.m.
Campus Tour Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Wednesday, August 17
9-10 a.m.
Communicating with Faculty and Instructors 160 Enarson Classroom Building This academic workshop, led by a learning specialist from the Dennis Learning Center, will offer guidance on written and verbal communication with faculty and instructors.
Wednesday, August 17
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Wednesday, August 17
4-5 p.m.
Campus Tour Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Wednesday, August 17
4-5 p.m.
Your Career Starts Here: Networking and Etiquette 160 Enarson Classroom Building This session will cover the importance of networking to American career-building and give tips for how to start networking now, even as someone brand new to the country. Professional etiquette and cultural differences in etiquette will be presented, including helpful tips on what to wear, how to communicate and how to maintain your confidence when networking with someone from a different culture.
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m.
Spoken English Series: Linking – Why do they talk so fast? CarmenZoom Need a little practice and some quick tips to improve your spoken English? Our fluency workshops will focus on interactive speaking activities that practice specific public speaking goals for English Language Learners. It's a great way to meet new people and learn practical public speaking /conversation skills through short lessons and fun games. This week our focus is on "linking" to help improve speaking rate and listening to fluent speakers of English.

Register here.
Thursday, August 18
9-10 a.m.
Building Confidence in Participating in Discussions and Preparing a Class Presentation 160 Enarson Classroom Building This academic workshop, led by a learning specialist from the Dennis Learning Center, offers tips on participating in academic discussions and preparing for class presentations.
Thursday, August 18
11:30 a.m-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Thursday, August 18
2-4 p.m.
Columbus Coffee Trail Welcome Booth It's more than a great cup of coffee. Quality craftsmanship and commitment to education are brewing behind each cup. Visit participating coffee shops and check-in digitally at each. After just four stops, you earn a Columbus Coffee Trail T-shirt. After stopping at each location on the trail, you'll earn a free Columbus Coffee Trail mug! Use #CbusCoffee to share your journey.
Thursday, August 18
5:30-9 p.m.
BAM at the Columbus Museum of Art Welcome Booth Join us to visit the Columbus Museum of Art for a night of dancing and music at the museum's sculpture garden. Admission to BAM is free, and students interested in walking through the art galleries can purchase admission to the museum for $5. Please bring money for all purchases and bus fares.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Friday, August 19
9-10 a.m.
Campus Tour Welcome Booth Join an Orientation Leader for a tour around Ohio State's campus. Visit popular landmarks and discover what campus has to offer.
Friday, August 19
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Group Lunch Welcome Booth Join fellow students for a casual lunch near campus to meet new friends and learn about campus life from an orientation leader. Please bring money to purchase your meal. Meet at the Welcome Booth in the Ohio Union.
Friday, August 19
4:30-6 p.m.
Ice Cream Social with OIA 140 Enarson Classroom Building Join the Office of International Affairs for a semester start celebration and ice cream social! Students will receive a free ice cream treat, be able to engage with other new international students and meet immigration coordinators to answer questions.
Friday, August 19
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Screen on the Green: "Moulin Rouge" Welcome Booth Join students to go to Goodale Park in the Short North for the 14th annual Screen on the Green outdoor movie series in the southwest corner of the park for a FREE screening presented at sunset on a giant screen with high-quality sound. Guests are invited to bring chairs or a blanket and come early to enjoy dinner from popular food trucks. Please bring money for any purchases and bus fare ($2 each way).
Saturday, August 20
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Shopping at IKEA and Polaris Fashion Place Welcome Booth Join us on a day trip to IKEA for items for your dorm or apartment and Polaris Fashion Place for clothing and other needs. Bring money for meals and shopping.

Please note that there is a limited number of seats available, and registration is required – register here.
Saturday, August 20
6-9:30 p.m.
Ohio State Men's Soccer vs. Charleston Outside Enarson Classroom Building Join fellow students and learn about Ohio State Buckeye sports culture as we cheer for the Ohio State Men's Soccer team against Charleston at the Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium. Admission is free for students. Meet outside of Enarson Classroom Building, where we'll walk to the stadium to join the student section. Please bring money for any concession purchases.
Sunday, August 21
4-7 p.m.
Student Involvement Fair The Oval Meet with members from over 700 student organizations and campus departments who will help you find just the kind of involvement you are looking for at The Ohio State University. Explore campus organizations and clubs for every interest!

Week four

Date and time Event Meeting location Description
Monday, August 22
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
President's Convocation Schottenstein Center Convocation is the official welcome event at Ohio State for first-year students. Students hear from university leaders, faculty, administrators and special guests and are introduced to time-honored university traditions. Convocation is the first of many memorable moments for you at Ohio State and the only time before graduation that the entire class is gathered.
Tuesday, August 23 First day of Autumn Semester