International Students

Summer/Autumn 2022 Updates

Notice about Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Guidance:

Information is subject to change. Updates are based on guidance released from ICE and SEVP on April 18, 2022. Please continue to monitor your Ohio State email and this page for updates.


Ohio State's plans for campus

While information surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, please know that the university’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Ohio State will offer in-person classes. All decisions will be made in partnership with and approval of local, state and federal health authorities.

It is important to frequently monitor your Ohio State email, OIA’s website and Safe and Healthy Buckeyes for updates and important information regarding summer and autumn.

Updates and frequently asked questions


As of August 24, 2021, Ohio State is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-approved vaccine. The university will also accept a vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA or Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement.

Students should visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website to learn more about how to get vaccinated on the Columbus campus and around Ohio.

Students should log in to their MyChart account to schedule their COVID-19 test through Ohio State. View the step-by-step guide. If you are a new student and have not signed up for a MyChart account, you will receive instructions about this via email on a date yet to be announced. If you are moving in before this, you will be able to use an alternative testing method at Jesse Owens North. If you run into any issues, contact the MyChart email address that will be included in the message or call 1-614-366-6975.

Q. Will I have to quarantine when I arrive on campus?
A. The university will follow CDC guidelines, and students should follow their recommendations. If you test positive upon arriving on campus, you will need to complete an isolation period of at least five days. Isolation is required regardless of your vaccination status. The Case Investigation and Contact Tracing and Student Support teams at Ohio State will be in contact to assist with next steps, which will include determining the best place to isolate, either on-campus in dedicated housing or at an alternate location.

Please visit Safe and Healthy Buckeyes for more information on the university's testing and isolation requirements.

Q. As an international student, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States? Is there a cost?
A. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, you are eligible to receive it once you arrive in the United States. Students should log in to their MyChart account to schedule their vaccination through Ohio State. View the step-by-step guide.

The vaccine used at your appointment is based on availability on the day you receive it. Ohio State is currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The government is providing the vaccine free of charge, and health plans are required to cover the cost of administration. Patients who receive a vaccination will not be asked to pay anything out of pocket.

Q. Will I be required to be vaccinated?
A. Yes. The university requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students should visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website to learn more about how to get vaccinated on Ohio State's Columbus campus and around Ohio.

Q. What if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States? Should I be concerned about getting vaccinated again?
A. The university will accept international vaccines based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which recognizes vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

All students are encouraged to share their vaccination information with the university because WHO is constantly updating its list of approved vaccines (check your BuckMD account for instructions). As of May 13, 2021, those vaccines include the three approved for use in the United States — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — as well as:
  • Astra-Zeneca
  • CoviShield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

If you are uncertain about the status of a particular vaccine, please contact Student Health Services at 614-292-4321 or shs@osu.edu.

If you have medical-related questions about mixing vaccines, students are encouraged to submit non-urgent medical questions through BuckMD.

Students will be considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose in a vaccination series.
  • If your vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the WHO, you will not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If your vaccine has not been authorized for emergency use by WHO, you should schedule a vaccine appointment once you arrive in the United States in order to be considered as “fully vaccinated” by the university and public health officials.

Q. Will I be required to be vaccinated and report my vaccination status if I am studying remotely?
A. If you will not be on campus at all and/or cannot get a WHO-approved vaccine before the deadline because of location, you can complete the exemption process, which would allow you to stay in compliance with the requirement. The university encourages and expects students to receive the vaccine when/if they arrive on campus.


Please visit the CDC website and monitor Safe and Healthy Buckeyes for the most current information regarding the university’s guidance on health measures.

Q. Do I need to have a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States?
A. Students are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when traveling by air to the United States. The timing of this test depends on the student's vaccination status and age. If you are unsure if you would be permitted to board a flight to the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a simple quiz and a flowchart to determine if you would be approved for air travel.

The CDC states that fully vaccinated passengers must provide proof of a COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours before a flight’s departure to the U.S.

If a passenger recently recovered from COVID-19, they may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that the passenger was cleared to travel).

Q. If summer or autumn is my first semester and I am not able to enter the United States to start my program at Ohio State, will I be able to defer my admission?
A. If you are an undergraduate student, please contact International Undergraduate Admissions (int.undergrad@osu.edu). Graduate students should contact their department who will work with Graduate Admissions (gradadmissions@osu.edu) to defer to a future term.

Q. What does it mean to defer my academic program? What does it mean to defer my immigration record?
A. If you do not plan to take any classes at all for the next semester or year, you will need to defer your admission/academic program. Once you notify the appropriate admissions office, a new I-20 or DS-2019 will be processed for you with a future start date when you plan to enter the United States.

If you plan to take full-time or part-time online classes and remain in your home country, you will need to defer your immigration start date to a future term. Once you notify the appropriate admissions office, a new I-20 or DS-2019 will be processed for you with a future start date when you plan to enter the United States.


Q. What should I do if I need an accommodation due to COVID-19?
A. Ohio State students from any campus may submit a COVID-related accommodation request. Students registered with Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) can work directly with their assigned Access Specialist to modify their accommodations or make additional accommodation requests based on COVID-19. If an accommodation is required, the ADA coordinator’s office will facilitate an interactive process that includes SLDS, the instructor and the department/college.

Q. What should I do if I test positive and cannot attend class?
A. If you have been advised to quarantine or isolate by a physician, testing center, or at-home test kit outside the university system, then you can work with SLDS to request a statement of support for short-term academic flexibility. Please visit COVID-Related Accommodation Requests on the SLDS website to learn more.


In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at most U.S. embassies and consulates. As resources allow, overseas consulates and embassies have resumed routine visa services on a post-by-post basis. Please check travel.state.gov for the most current wait times. Please beware that students may face issues securing visa appointments as U.S. consulates work through significant backlogs.

Q. I’m unable to secure a visa appointment. What should I do?
A. If you do not have a confirmed visa appointment by the following dates, you should defer to a future term:
  • Students starting summer term 2022: May 10
  • Students starting autumn semester 2022: August 23

Q. What if I need to travel outside of the United States to change my status to F-1 for summer or autumn?
A. Due to uncertainty surrounding visa appointments and availability of international flights, Ohio State recommends that students defer their admission to a future term.

Q. What documents will I need for my visa appointment?
A. To prepare the correct documentation for your visa appointment, visit travel.state.gov. Keep in mind that a consular officer will interview you to determine your qualifications for a student visa, and may request additional documents, such as evidence of:
  • Your academic preparation, such as:
    • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and
    • Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.

Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply.


Students will be able to pick up documents at 140 Enarson Classroom Building. Students must schedule an appointment in advance.

Students can also utilize the OIA Drop-Off Box located by the office's front doors to drop off documents without scheduling an appointment. Students will be notified when documents are ready for pick-up.


Appointments for I-20/DS-2019 pick-up are available. You must schedule an appointment online.

If you need to request a travel signature, please complete the e-form first:
For all other documents, an immigration coordinator will confirm how you would like to receive them once they have been processed.

Once the document has been processed, you will receive an email from an immigration coordinator with the instructions on how to schedule a pick up appointment. DO NOT SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD FROM AN IMMIGRATION COORDINATOR THAT YOUR DOCUMENTS ARE READY FOR PICK UP AT OIA.


Students can use the OIA Drop-Off Box by the office's front doors to drop off documents without scheduling an appointment. Students will be notified when documents are ready for pick-up.

Please continue to email all other paper forms to iss@osu.edu.

All immigration advising, workshops and programs will continue to be virtual throughout the semester. You may schedule an appointment with an immigration coordinator at go.osu.edu/oiaadvising.