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

Over the past few weeks we have been sending weekly emails  to help you plan for your arrival to Ohio State. If you have recently paid your acceptance fee, you might not have received the previous emails. Please visit our email archive online to see our past messages. We will be sending a few more weekly emails prior to your arrival.  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!
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.

In previous emails we indicated that the immigration check-in registration would begin June 1. However, immigration check-in registration may be available earlier, so that you can begin making your travel plans.

We will send you a special announcement email with a new date.

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

Students returning to Ohio State after a leave of absence are required to attend the mandatory
check-in. It is highly recommended that returning students attend the orientation program.

If you have any questions, please contact
Language Excellence and Academic Preparedness Program
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.

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 priority deadline is June 1 - admission will occur on a rolling basis prior to June 1. The final deadline to apply 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.
Living in University Housing 
On-campus housing will be available for freshmen.  Limited housing will be available for upperclassmen as well as transfer students. Move-in day is Saturday, August 18, 2018.
We strongly encourage students who want on-campus housing to apply as early as possible and complete a housing contract. The availability of spaces is quite limited. Most rooms for new students house more than two people. The cost of housing varies by the type of room and the meal plan chosen.
Before you sign a contract to live on campus, read the contract thoroughly and decide if you want on-campus housing. The housing contract is for the length of the academic year. If you break your contract, you will be assigned a buy-out fee for each semester that is remaining on your contract. 

Note:  The deadline to cancel a housing contrac t i June 1, 2018 . After that date, if you have signed or will sign a housing contract and want to cancel your reservation for the 2018-2019 academic year, you will be assessed a charge for early contract termination.

International students are encouraged to consider on-campus options such as the Engineering Learning Community and the International House. The 
International House  (I-House) program may be of particular interest to those undergraduate international students who are looking to live with both American and fellow international students. Living in the I-House gives students opportunities to share their own cultures as well as opportunities to learn about other cultures.
University Housing can be contacted at and by phone at 614-292-8266.
Temporary Housing Options 
Fairfield Inn & Suites If you arrive to campus before early arrival housing is available, or if you do not plan on signing a housing contract, there are temporary options to use while you search for permanent housing.

Students 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 autumn 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 18, 2018. 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 there will be no early move in on August 16 and 17.

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 the Ohio State's international student organizations. Please refer to 
Temporary Housing for more information.
Information about reduced rates at Fairfield Inn & Suites will be forthcoming.
Off-Campus Living 
Off Campus If you are interested in living off-campus, we recommend you start your search with Off-campus and Commuter Student Services. This website maintains an online housing search with information on accommodations both within walking distance and driving distance to campus.

Student Legal Services (SLS) is a team of legal professionals providing legal services to Ohio State students. Eligible students pay an annual participation fee for the SLS legal services plan. SLS's scope of services includes Landlord-Tenant disputes.

Before you sign a lease to live off-campus, you should get your lease reviewed by SLS. If legal issues arise when you're moving and living off-campus, you can meet with SLS staff to discuss your legal rights and options. Students are strongly urged to pay this annual fee in order to utilize the great services the Student Legal Services provides.

To reach 
Off-campus and Commuter Student Services, call 614-292-0100 or email
Off-Campus Living 
Zippy Shell Columbus is a sponsor of OIA
International students wondering what to do with your belongings over the summer should take advantage of  Zippy Shell storage options

Zippy Shell Greater Columbus will be at Ohio State for the third consecutive year to present ZippyU storage options. Regardless of whether you end up living on campus or off, Zippy Shell offers one special price for all storage. 

Zippy Shell offers free, on-campus pickups and redeliveries, including during weekends, at an affordable price with no registration fees.  Students can also have items/boxes shipped to their facility, so that Zippy Shell can deliver directly to the dorms in the autumn.
Keep in mind for future plans that reservations for summer 2019, should be made before mid-April of 2019. More details for summer storage are available  online.
Follow Us on Facebook  
Global Engagement students 2016 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 new fellow 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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