Greetings from the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University!

Over the next few months we will send you weekly emails to help you plan for your arrival to Ohio State. In the meantime, please explore our  website, and you are always welcome to email us at
Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to meeting you this fall!
Register for Immigration Check-In
The Office of International Affairs encourages all students to arrive 2 - 3 weeks before the start of classes on Tuesday, August 22. 

Students who arrive early will have better course availability, more time to explore Columbus and more opportunities to meet other students.

Review the orientation and immigration check-in schedule to determine when you should arrive on campus. Remember that your orientation session is determined by your check-in date.  

Undergraduate Student Orientation
  • Immigration check-in on July 31 -  August 4, attend orientation #1 - August 7 - 9
  • Immigration check-in on August 7 - 8, attend orientation #2 - August 9 - 11
  • Immigration check-in on August 9 - 11, attend orientation #3 - August 14 - 16
  • Immigration check-in on August 14 - 15, attend orientation #4 - August 16 - 18
Immigration check-in registration will be available starting June 1. If you have any questions, please contact
Temporary Housing Options 
Fairfield Inn & SuitesStudents with Ohio State Housing Contracts

University Housing offers temporary or "early arrival" housing only to students with signed contracts; students who pursue this option will move into their fall room assignments. The cost for temporary housing is $35 per day. Students who need temporary housing should contact University Housing directly. Students who arrive early will be charged until the official contract begins on move-in day, Saturday, August 19, 2017. Instructions on how to make a reservation for temporary housing and pay in advance will be emailed to students' Ohio State's email accounts as part of their housing assignment email. *Please note that housing is near full capacity and the number of spaces available for students during the break/early move-in is very low. 

Students without Ohio State Housing Contracts

On-campus temporary housing is not available to students without contracts with University Housing. You may be able to find temporary housing at a local hotel or motel, or through some of Ohio State's international student organizations. Please refer to Temporary Housing for more information.
  • Reduced Rates at Fairfield Inn & Suites
    • The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers discounted rates to Ohio State students. To book a room with this special rate,  click here . Amenities include:
      • Located 1.5 miles from Ohio State campus with complimentary shuttle
      • Complimentary hot breakfast
      • Free shuttle within 5 mile radius
      • Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center
      • Newly renovated
  • Additional Options
    • There are many living options near Ohio State's campus. You can find a list of university hotel partners on the University Hospitality District website.  
Entering the United States
Prior to traveling from your home country to the United States, it is important that you prepare for your inspection at the port of entry (first place of arrival in the United States).
Upon your arrival, an immigration official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will review a variety of your immigration documents before allowing you to officially enter the United States. This official must be satisfied that you intend to attend the school specified on your F-1 or J-1 visa and/or Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. The immigration official will inspect the documents you present to ensure their authenticity.

Please have these important documents readily available and NOT packed in your checked luggage:
  • Current Passport
  • Current U.S. visa (if applicable)
  • Form I-20 or DS2019
  • Admission letter to Ohio State
  • SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Financial documentation (that matches the funding stated on your I-20/DS-2019) 
Visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for a complete overview of what you can expect upon arriving at a U.S. port of entry.

When packing:

Do not pack fresh fruit, produce, meat, prepared food, spices or plants. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will not allow you to bring these items into the country.

Do pack
 photos or items that remind you of home, but not those that are irreplaceable.  

Do not ship
your belongings to campus.
Orientation Events and Activities  
We can't wait for you to arrive on campus! We've planned activities around Columbus to introduce you to your new city including:
Sign-ups for all events will be available at immigration check-in. Space is limited for some events, so plan on arriving to campus early to guarantee a spot. 
Follow Us on Social Media  
To stay updated on new events throughout the year, follow the Office of International Affairs and the Global Engagement Facebook pages.

You should also join the New Ohio State International Students - Autumn 2017 Facebook group using your Ohio State email. The group will post about events happening during orientation, and you can meet and chat with your fellow new Buckeyes!  
Looking for More Information? 
Visit our website to review information from previous emails and/or answers to frequently asked questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact

Global Engagement
Office of International Affairs Facebook
Ohio State International Affairs Twitter
OSUGlobal Instagram

We are looking forward to seeing you here in Columbus! Please allow us to join the other offices on campus in congratulating you on your acceptance to The Ohio State University.

Kind regards,

The Office of International Affairs

Quick Links
Global Engagement Calendar of Events
Global Engagement Night International Students
Global Engagement Facebook Group Ohio Union Events
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