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

Over the last few months we sent you weekly emails to help you plan for your arrival to Ohio State. The archived list of these important pre-arrival messages can be found on our website.

While we wait for your arrival this autumn, we wanted to continue sharing information that will be useful to you when you arrive at Ohio State including available resources , involvement opportunities and fun events around campus.

In the meantime, please explore our  website , and you are always welcome to email us at .
Register for Mandatory Immigration Check-In and Orientation
The Office of International Affairs encourages all students to arrive 2 - 3 weeks before the start of classes on Tuesday, August 21. 

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. 

Immigration check-in registration is now available. In order to register, please visit using the general access code, OIA2018

To register, you will need your Ohio State username (your name.#) and password. See instructions on how to activate your Ohio State username and email.
The deadline to register is  Friday, June 15, but registration is on a space-available basis, so be sure to sign up before your preferred date and timeslot has been filled. Once you have registered for your immigration check-in appointment, you will receive a confirmation email.

Undergraduate Student Orientation
  • Check-in on July 30 - August 3, attend Orientation #1 - August 6 - 8
  • Check-in on August 6 - 7, attend Orientation #2 - August 8 - 10
  • Check-in on August 8 - 10, attend Orientation #3 - August 13 - 15
  • Check-in on August 13 - 14, attend Orientation #4 - August 15 - 17
Deadline to Apply for LEAP is July 1
The Office of International Affairs is proud to announce the second year of the  Language Excellence and Academic Preparedness (LEAP) program. 

LEAP is a three-week pre-first semester non-credit program that will prepare first-year international students for The Ohio State University experience. 

This program is open only to undergraduate freshmen students.

Why international students should apply to LEAP:
  • The program is basically FREE! Students have to pay the $950 fee upfront but will be reimbursed with a $950 scholarship if they successfully complete the program 
  • Students will arrive early to Ohio State and have the opportunity to improve their spoken English skills and their academic preparedness
  • Students will explore campus resources, go on trips and get acclimated to life in Columbus
  • Students will be living on campus, will receive a city bus pass for transportation and will be given a generous living stipend to purchase meals, goods and services 
  • Upon completion of LEAP, students will be more prepared to start their college journey at Ohio State
To learn more and apply, visit final deadline is July 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Only 30 students will be selected.

LEAP is a co-supported program by the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the English as a Second Language Programs (ESL Programs) at The Ohio State University.
Global Engagement Weekly Newsletter
The Global Engagement team provides opportunities for international and domestic students to experience the diverse culture at Ohio State. 

A Global Engagement newsletter is emailed to all interested students on a weekly basis. The newsletter includes information about upcoming Global Engagement Nights, international film series screenings, cultural activities on campus and in Columbus and resources available to students looking to engage with other Ohio State students. 

Global Engagement Film Series
The Office of International Affairs collaborates with the Gateway Film Center to host a monthly international film series that is free to students with a BuckID. 

The Gateway Film Center is a local non-profit film theater that is centrally located on campus (1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201).

Every fourth Wednesday of the month, the Global Engagement team hosts a free international film where t he first 30 students receive free popcorn and soda and admission is FREE for students with a BuckID. 
To stay updated on future films, make sure to subscribe to Global Engagement's newsletter.
Entertainment Events with D-Tix
Once you arrive at Ohio State, make sure to take advantage of Ohio State's Discount Ticket Program (D-Tix), which offers tickets to Columbus-area shows, museums, concerts, sporting events and more at an exclusive rate. 

Because D-Tix is funded by the student activity fee, it is only available to current Ohio State undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Students can get their D-Tix tickets at the Information Center in the Ohio Union. 

To learn more and keep up to date with future events, visit
Follow Us on Social Media  
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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 2018 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,

Office of International Affairs
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