Orientation is a multi-step process consisting of an immigration check-in session, as well as an orientation session, placement tests (if applicable), course registration and a mandatory health screening, etc. We recommend you arrive at least one to two weeks before classes begin in order to take care of all of the necessary requirements. Please make your plans accordingly.
Please note that the DS2019 for summer semester has been issued with a start date of May 10, 2017. However, international students can enter the United States on a F-1 or J-1 visa as early as 30 days before May 10. It is important to note that while the summer semester at Ohio State includes multiple sessions with various start dates, only the official start date of the semester (May 10) appears on the immigration documents in order to comply with our immigration reporting deadlines.
Orientation and the mandatory immigration check-in will be held by the Office of International Affairs on Monday, May 8. Even if your summer session courses start later than May 10, you must
arrive and be checked-in on May 8 so you can meet our immigration reporting requirements.
Orientation will introduce you to Ohio State and Columbus, allow you to meet other new students, and provide information on topics such as campus activities, health insurance and cultural adjustment. Staff members from offices around campus have made special arrangements to participate in this event so that they can introduce themselves and discuss the services they provide.
Orientation will be held on Monday, May 8 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Wilce Student Health Center.
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MANDATORY IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN
Following orientation all students will be directed to the mandatory immigration check-in, which will be held in 100 Enarson Classroom Building on May 8, 2017 from 1 - 4 p.m. You do not need to pre-register for your check-in.
bring the following documents with you to immigration check-in:
- Admission letter to Ohio State
- Current passport
- Current U.S. Visa
- Printed I-94 card, print card here: i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
- Ohio State Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (Note: if you have an active immigration record that is being transferred from another college or university in the United States to Ohio State, please also 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
- Student Record Form - Be sure to download and complete the form before arriving at check-in and bring the printed out, completed form with you. Failure to complete the form before your arrival could result in a longer wait at check-in!
At check-in, you will be greeted by international peer advisors who are current Ohio State students. Peer advisors play an integral role in welcoming new international students to Ohio State by introducing them to important university resources and policies, as well as sharing their experiences as successful students. An immigration coordinator will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
At check-in, you will also receive information regarding:
- How to maintain your immigration status
- English and/or Math Placement tests (if necessary)
- Required health screening
- BuckID (university identification card)
- International Student Handbook - contains more information about Ohio State and Columbus
- New student orientation
- Course registration
It will take multiple days to complete all new student requirements, please schedule your travel plans accordingly so that you arrive in a timely manner.
Students returning to Ohio State after a leave of absence are still required to attend the mandatory
check-in. It is highly recommended that returning students attend the orientation program as well.
IF YOU HAVE ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
If you need assistance with the following matters:
- To correct a Form I-20 due to an error;
- To arrange to begin at a later semester; and
- To ask questions about transfer of courses from a previous college or university
Please contact one of the Ohio State Admissions Offices:
For graduate/professional students:
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
For undergraduate students:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Please note: If you are a returning student or a student with a current immigration record that is being transferred to Ohio State, please contact the immigration coordinator who signed your
Ohio State Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 if the form contains any errors.