International Students

Orientation

Please note: International Student Orientation and Immigration Check-In are two separate processes, and students are required to complete both.

Orientation will introduce you to Ohio State, provide important information and help you become familiar with available resources. Through orientation, you will learn about:

The Office of International Affairs will also offer Pre-Arrival Sessions via CarmenZoom, where you can ask any follow-up questions to further help with your transition this summer and meet fellow Buckeyes.

For help accessing CarmenCanvas, refer to the Get Started Guide. If you have problems accessing CarmenCanvas or CarmenZoom, contact the OCIO Help Desk at ServiceDesk@osu.edu or call 614-688-4357 (HELP).


Orientation will take place through a hybrid format in two phases. First, virtual orientation will take place through CarmenCanvas, Ohio State’s online learning management system. Second, the in-person orientation will take place in one day for graduate students and over three days with the Office of International Affairs and your college for undergraduate students.

Virtual orientation


  • You DO NOT have to register since you will be automatically enrolled. You will receive an enrollment confirmation email along with instructions through your Buckeyemail account on July 18, 2022.
  • Orientation is mandatory and you should complete your self-guided orientation by the start of your in-person orientation. The Office of International Affairs will be automatically notified of your completion.

In-person orientation


The dates of your arrival and completion of your immigration check-in appointment will determine your assigned orientation date. You will also receive a confirmation email of your orientation date and meeting location the day before your in-person orientation starts.

Undergraduate in-person orientation

  • Check-in on August 1-5, attend Orientation #1 on August 8-10
    • Meet on August 8 at 8:30 a.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall
  • Check-in on August 8-9, attend Orientation #2 on August 10-12
    • Meet on August 10 at 8:30 a.m. in 100 Independence Hall
  • Check-in on August 10-12, attend Orientation #3 on August 15-17
    • Meet on August 15 at 8:30 a.m. in 100 Independence Hall
  • Check-in on August 15-16, attend Orientation #4 on August 17-19
    • Meet on August 17 at 8 a.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall

Graduate in-person orientation

  • Check-in on August 1-5 and 8-11, attend Orientation #1 on August 12
    • Meet on August 12 at 8:30 a.m. in 100 Independence Hall
  • Check-in on August 12-18, attend Orientation #2 on August 19
    • Meet on August 19 at 8:30 a.m. in 100 Independence Hall


Orientation will take place through a hybrid format in two phases. First, virtual orientation will take place through CarmenCanvas, Ohio State’s online learning management system. Second, the in-person orientation will take place on January 6 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. New and transfer international students are required to complete both phases.

Virtual orientation


  • You DO NOT have to register since you will be automatically enrolled. You will receive an enrollment confirmation email along with instructions through your Buckeyemail account on December 12, 2022.
  • Orientation is mandatory and you should complete your self-guided orientation by the start of your in-person orientation. The Office of International Affairs will be automatically notified of your completion.

In-person orientation


On January 6, you will attend In-Person International Student Orientation from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on-campus. Students should arrive at 0001 Jennings Hall for check-in at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.

Orientation will cover essential processes and important logistical information for your first weeks of the semester. Additional optional sessions will be offered in the afternoon for interested students. More information will be sent to your BuckeyeMail account with instructions closer to in-person orientation.


Orientation will take place virtually through CarmenCanvas, Ohio State's online learning management system. You will be automatically registered for the orientation modules.

  • You DO NOT have to register since you will be automatically enrolled. You will receive an enrollment confirmation email with instructions through Buckeyemail on April 25, 2022.
  • Orientation is mandatory, and you should complete your self-guided orientation by May 10, 2022. The Office of International Affairs will be automatically notified of your completion.