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Admitted International Students

Admitted International Student Next Steps

To join the Bobcat family, admitted international students have important next steps to take. First, read all of the information about each of the steps to prepare for a successful start this fall. Then, print the checklist below and check off steps as you complete them by the due dates.

Next Steps When 
Activate your OHIO ID Upon applying
Confirm your intent to enroll/submit housing contract and deposit January 3–May 1
Plan your visa Upon admission
Send any additional test scores for scholarship consideration By January 15
Review financial aid offer Beginning mid-February
Explore Learning Communities February 1–May 1
Pay $200 housing deposit or complete housing exemption form By May 1
Select a roommate if you wish By May 18
Choose a room in general room selection process May 18–22
Request final transcript be sent to OHIO By June 30
Sign Up for International Student Orientation Beginning mid-May
Sign Up for Bobcat Student Orientation Beginning February 1
Reserve interim housing if needed Coming soon!
Transfer your credits Before orientation
Make travel plans Arrive by August 14
Review student expectations and academic calendar Before arrival
Pay fall semester account balance By August 21
Attend International Student Orientation August 15-24
Attend Bobcat Student Orientation August 23
Enable OHIO online services After orientation
Complete online alcohol and sexual assault education courses July 13-August 24
Learn about health services and complete health history form By August 24
Start fall semester classes August 24

Activate Your OHIO ID

Upon Applying

To get started, it is essential that you activate your OHIO ID. You need your OHIO ID to access your OHIO e-mail and the housing contract. Your birth date and your personal identification (PID) number (provided in your application acknowledgement letter) are all you need to officially activate your online OHIO access, including e-mail.

Make sure you check your OHIO e-mail regularly. All official correspondence will be sent to your Ohio University e-mail account.

Activate your OHIO ID

Forgot your password?

Learn about your Catmail e-mail account

Fund Your Education

Ohio University is committed to an affordable college education. We are dedicated to helping our students find the financial support they need to discover their promise at OHIO.

International students who take the SAT or ACT exam and begin their studies in fall semester may be considered for merit-based scholarships. Your application for admission serves as your merit-based scholarship application. For scholarship consideration, international students should submit a completed admission application by the Early Action deadline of November 15. Scholarship awards are based on ACT/SAT scores received by January 15. OHIO may continue to award using updated credentials on an individual basis throughout the year.

In the My OHIO Student Center, you can view account details, account balance, and payment options. You can also designate authorized users to enable other individuals to view your account details and make payments.

Scholarships for international students

Payment and billing info

Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

January 3–May 1

To confirm your plans to enroll in classes you must submit a housing contract and $200 deposit. For international students, this deposit can be waived and applied to your housing bill. Contact housing@ohio.edu for more information. Completing a housing contract is legally binding for the entire academic year.

OHIO requires that undergraduate students live on campus for two full years unless they meet one of the exemption criteria. Our beautiful, historic, residential campus provides an environment where students of diverse backgrounds live and learn together, build friendships, and share their ideas and perspectives. About 8,000 students live in our 41 residence halls and dine in our award-winning campus eateries. Housing and Residence Life provides all the comforts you expect, along with creative programs to enhance the academic, social, cultural, recreational, and service aspects of your life.

Students do not need to know where they would like to live on campus to complete a housing contract. After completing the contract and selecting a meal plan, students will receive pertinent information about housing selection. The My College Roomie roommate matching service is available starting December 2. Students who know with whom they want to live may select a roommate through Housing Self-Service by May 18. The general first-year room selection process will take place May 18–22. (Selection will take place May 13–14 for students who will be participating in a Residential Living Experience, i.e. Fine Arts Residential Learning Community, Communications Residential Learning Community, and Honors Halls.) A limited room change process will occur May 26–August 1.

Interim housing is available to international students who arrive before the start of the semester. Depending on the arrival date, you will have housing accommodations either in the residence hall where you are assigned during the academic year or in a temporary location.  

Get details about living on campus and interim housing

Get details on dining

Plan Your Visa

Upon Admission

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need a visa to study at Ohio University. Most students are given an F-1 student visa; the I-20 form in your admission packet will help you get this visa. You will need to plan your visa application process early to ensure that you have the time to prepare to come to OHIO. Plan to arrive by August 14.

Plan your visa

Explore Learning Communities

February 1-May 1

A learning community (LC) is a group of Athens campus students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience built around their academic studies. For some academic programs at OHIO, LC participation is required. More than 200 learning community options are available each year, with more than 90 percent of new students participating in them. LCs are only offered for students arriving in the fall.

LCs may be college-based, designed around student interests, or structured to serve a particular group of students. With your community members, LC leader, LC instructor, and faculty who teach your linked courses, you will make connections throughout the University. Each of these unique relationships can contribute to an academically rich, fun, and rewarding experience and your ultimate success at OHIO.

International students who do not meet English proficiency requirements may not be able to enroll in a learning community their first term.

Learn about freshman Learning Communities

Sign Up for International Student Orientation

Beginning mid-May

All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. You will receive an e-mail invitation to register for orientation online. Mandatory immigration paperwork check-ins are held during this event. You will be assigned a specific immigration check-in time when you register. You will also attend information sessions on legal, health and safety topics and take English proficiency or placement tests, if needed.

Learn about International Student Orientation

Sign Up for Bobcat Student Orientation

Beginning February 1

For international students who have been unconditionally admitted to OHIO, Bobcat Student Orientation is also required. Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is a one-day event that connects you with the people and resources you'll need to transition into OHIO with confidence. Faculty, staff, and orientation leaders will teach you about the curriculum and the requirements for your major. 

Before orientation, you should review the Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 (coming soon!) to learn about available courses. Bobcat Student Orientation includes registering for courses.

Learn About Bobcat Student Orientation

Transfer Your Credits

Before Orientation

Generally, college-level courses completed with a C- or better from a regionally accredited institution as part of College Credit Plus or dual enrollment programs through a high school are transferable to OHIO. Test credit (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program) is also generally accepted, provided you earn the necessary score. To transfer your credit, you must have an official college transcript or score report sent from the college or testing agency directly to Undergraduate Admissions.

Learn more about transfer credit

Make Your Travel Plans

Arrive by August 14

To get to Athens, Ohio, you will fly to John Glenn Columbus International Airport. International students should plan to arrive by August 14. Ohio University provides airport shuttles before the start of the semester to bring you to the campus.

Get the details on arrival

Prepare to Join OHIO

Beginning in May

Now you are ready to complete the rest of the tasks required to ensure a smooth transition to your first day at Ohio University. This includes reviewing the course catalog, enabling your online services, learning about student health services and insurance, and taking online alcohol and sexual assault education courses.

Get details on steps prior to beginning classes

Review arrival guide