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 autumn!
Immigration Check-In and Orientation
Peer Advisors O-H-I-O 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
Temporary Housing Options 
Fairfield Inn & Suites
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.

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 details. Information about reduced rates at Fairfield Inn & Suites will be available at the end of May.
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  
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!
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.
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

Quick Links
Global Engagement Calendar of Events
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