In-person classes will resume Autumn 2021. Courses will be offered in different formats—some will be in person, some will be online (“distance learning”), and some will offer a blend of in-person, online and other activities (“hybrid” courses). To help you transition to campus, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website
.The Office of International Affairs will conduct international student orientation and mandatory immigration check-in virtually.Pre-Arrival Email Archive
Below are the archived emails sent to incoming international students for Autumn 2021.Email 1:
welcome message, important first steps and applying for a U.S. visaEmail 2:
autumn update, mandatory Immigration Check-In and Orientation, ESL Composition Placement TestEmail 3:
U.S. visa, health screening and vaccination requirementEmail 4:
housing (view housing update
) and summer storage optionsEmail 5:
health insuranceEmail 6:
registering for classes, introduction to Buckeye Link, accessing your statement of account and paying tuitionEmail 7:
registering for Mandatory Immigration Check-In, overview of International Student Orientation, information on ESEPSY 2060 (a credit-bearing course for international students) and connecting with other students onlineEmail 8:
vaccination information, SEVIS fee, placement testing and pre-arrival session informationEmail 9:
registration for Mandatory Immigration Check-In, vaccination information (updated), packing information, entering the United States and COVID-19 testing informationEmail 10:
arriving at Ohio State, getting involved and connecting with other BuckeyesEmail 11:
common scams warningEmail 12:
reminders for TB testing and health insuranceEmail 13:
reminders for Mandatory Immigration Check-In and International Student OrientationEmail 14:
information on International Student Orientation and welcome eventsImmigration Check-In
Students will register for 30-minute virtual appointments via CarmenZoom
, Ohio State's academic audio and web conferencing solution, where staff will review your immigration documents, discuss important immigration regulations and answer any questions you may have. Please note that check-in only occurs during weekdays and is not possible to schedule a check-in time during weekends.American Language Program (ALP) students should contact email@example.com for more information
. All other students should check-in directly with OIA including exchange, transfer and returning.
Registering for Autumn 2021 mandatory immigration check-inRegistration is now open.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and include your name, email, SEVIS ID# or Campus ID#.
In order to make the process go smoother, please read through the directions
and complete the Student Record eForm
in advance. You will input your local address and emergency contact information through the eForm. If you have access to a scanner or camera phone, you can also upload your immigration documents.
Once you have filled your information, please save the student record form as a draft
and an immigration check-in staff member will review the documents for accuracy with you during your appointment before its official submission.
You must bring the following documents with you to immigration check-in
- Current Passport
- Current U.S. Visa
- I-94 card (Print a copy at cbp.gov/i94)
- Ohio State Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (Note: if you have an active immigration record that is being transferred from another institution in the U.S. to Ohio State, please bring your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from your previous school.)
- Form I-20(s) or Form DS-2019(s) of your dependents (spouse and children), if applicable
Before your appointment, make sure to set up BuckeyePass, a multifactor authentication service provided by Ohio State, which is required when accessing your different Ohio State accounts. It helps protect your account even if your password is stolen. You must have BuckeyePass set up on a device that you will have with you during immigration check-in. You won't be able to complete the process without BuckeyePass. The easiest way to set up BuckeyePass is to download the Duo Mobile app on your mobile device. View instructions on how to set up BuckeyePass and download Duo Mobile
At immigration check-in, you will also receive information regarding:
- How to maintain your immigration status
- Placement tests (if necessary)
- Required health screening
- BuckID (university identification card)
- Parking permit (if necessary)
- Resources on and off campus
Immigration check-in appointments cannot be scheduled for the weekend.Orientation
Orientation will take place virtually through CarmenCanvas
, Ohio State's online learning management system. You will be automatically registered for the orientation modules. The modules will be available beginning July 21 and will consist of a series of presentations and videos aimed at introducing you to Ohio State, providing important information and helping you become familiar with available resources. You will be expected to complete the modules on your own before August 2.
- 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 21.
- Orientation is mandatory and you should complete your self-guided orientation by August 2. The Office of International Affairs will be automatically notified of your completion.
The Office of International Affairs will also host live virtual 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).