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Arrival and Orientation


Congratulations on your admission to Ohio University! We look forward to meeting you upon your arrival in Athens. Please look over the following information for details about arrivals and orientation. If you have any questions, please email us at  isfs@ohio.edu.

International Student Orientation – Fall 2017

Calendar of Events

Additional information about the Orientation Events can be found here.


Arrival Dates:  

  • Graduate Students - Aug. 13-14, 2017 
  • Undergraduate Students - Aug. 19-20, 2017 




TOEFL Exam:  Aug. 22 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Please note, if you are taking the TOEFL Exam, you should also plan on attending the TOEFL Orientation on Aug. 21 at 4:00 PM.

How to Arrive

Ohio University will provide a  discounted shuttle  from the Port Columbus International Airport to Athens on the following days:

  • Graduate Students - Aug. 13-14, 2017 
  • Undergraduate Students - Aug. 19-20, 2017 

Reservations can be made online. For more information about departure times and reservations,  please click here.)

If you plan to arrive by car, please follow the following link for step-by-step directions from Port Columbus International Airport to Ohio University:  Columbus to Athens.  You can find more information on car rental companies at Port Columbus International Airport  by clicking here.


As a student at Ohio University, there are two options for housing: on-campus housing or off-campus housing.

On-campus housing  is also referred to as residence halls. Residence halls are a great place to make new friends. OHIO's residence halls are  furnished with basic amenities  which include a bed, desk, chair, and closet. Students will share rooms, bathrooms, and public spaces in residence halls. Most dorms are co-ed, meaning that both men and women will live in the same building.

For students living  off-campus , we recommend that you begin looking for housing before your arrival in Athens.  You can begin your search with our Off-Campus Housing Map. If you have any questions about off-campus housing, please contact us at  isfs@ohio.edu.

All of the residence halls will open on Monday, August 14, 2017. Undergraduate students will be assigned their rooms for the semester. We will permit undergraduates to move into their assigned rooms provided that they are residing on campus for fall.

Graduate students can receive temporary housing between August 6 – 14, 2017.  If the graduate students are staying on campus, during fall – they will be required to transition to their permanent space on/by August 14.  If not residing on campus during fall, they must officially check out and move into their permanent housing.  

All incoming students seeking temporary housing on-campus should visit www.ohio.edu/myhousing, click on the ‘Applications’ tab to complete the ‘Fall Interim Housing’ application.

You can only do this after you have been admitted into Ohio University and have an Ohio University ID/ email address as it is required for log in. 


Immigration Check-in

We will hold immigration paperwork check-ins at various times during orientation.  You will be assigned a specific time when you register.  (Registration information will be sent to you mid-summer.)  You must bring your passport and I-20 or DS-2019. If you are traveling with dependents, you must bring their documents (passport and I-20 or DS-2019) with you when you complete the check-in.


Still Awaiting your Immigration Documents?

Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) students who have not yet received their I-20 or DS-2019 will need to contact OPIE admissions at 740-593-4575 or  opie@ohio.edu.


Undergraduate Students who have not yet received their I-20 or DS-2019 will need to contact undergraduate admissions at 740-593-4100 or  admissions@ohio.edu.


Graduate Students who have not yet received their I-20 or DS-2019 will need to contact graduate admissions at 740-593-2800 or  graduate@ohio.edu.


Please complete all missing paperwork prior to arriving at Ohio University.


Not Sure What To Do Next?

Undergraduate Students - For a step-by-step guide to completing necessary information to prepare for your arrival,  please click here. You will find the information on activating your OHIO ID and email, housing, health insurance, and more here.


Graduate Students - For more information on what it is like to study at Ohio University as an international graduate student,   please click here.






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