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Admitted International Students

Activate Your OHIO ID

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.

Activate your OHIO ID

Learn about your CatMail e-mail account

Fund Your Education

Ohio University is committed to an affordable college education. Click on the links below to learn more.

Financial aid and scholarships Payment and billing info

Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

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.  

New student housing contract

Interim housing is available to international students who arrive before the start of the semester.

Get the details about interim housing

Plan Your Visa

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 your visa

Explore Learning Communities

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. Nearly 90 percent of OHIO students enroll in LCs. LCs are only offered for students arriving in the fall.

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 LCs and enroll

Prepare to Join OHIO

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

Make Your Travel Plans

In order to get to Athens, Ohio, you will fly to John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Ohio University provides airport shuttles before the start of the semester to bring you to the campus.

Get the details on arrival

Register for Orientation

All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. If you have been unconditionally admitted to OHIO, Bobcat Student Orientation is also required. BSO connects you with the people and resources you’ll need to transition into OHIO with confidence. Orientation includes registering for courses.  

International Student Orientation

Register for Bobcat Student Orientation