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 Mandatory 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
  • Check-In on July 31 -  August 4, attend Orientation #1 - August 7 - 9
  • Check-In on August 7 - 8, attend Orientation #2 - August 9 - 11
  • Check-In on August 9 - 11, attend Orientation #3 - August 14 - 16
  • 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
Airport Transportation
The Office of International Affairs will have vouchers for a one-time free ride to Ohio State campus from Yellow Cab, a taxi company.

You can pick up a voucher at the Welcome Booth when you arrive at the Columbus airport. The Welcome Booth will be located by the baggage claim area. Follow signs for the Welcome Booth and look for an Ohio State banner and volunteers dressed in Ohio State t-shirts. 

The Welcome Booth will be open  every day from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., July 29 - August 20. If you plan to arrive outside of these hours, please contact to get instructions on an alternate method of receiving these vouchers.

After picking up your taxi voucher from the Welcome Booth,  follow signs for taxis as you exit the terminal. Order a taxi at the Taxi Line, and make sure it is a Yellow Cab taxi.  Then, provide the driver with your voucher and your address. Please note that the address has to be on the Ohio State campus, or else the free offer is invalid.

If you select another taxi company, Ohio State's main campus is located less than 10 miles from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), and taxi service from the airport to campus is relatively quick and inexpensive. 

Alternatively, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), operates a bus that runs from the airport to campus on select days.  For more information and to see if this bus will run on the day you arrive in Ohio, please visit the  COTA 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 j  oin 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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