Newly Admitted International Students
International Immigration Process - Next Steps

Newly Admitted International Students


We are happy you will be joining us at Ohio University and hope you find your time here academically and personally rewarding. Now that you have been admitted, the resources below will help get you started.

We are sure you must have many questions. International Student and Scholar Services Arrival and Orientation will provide you with information on the following topics:

  • before you leave
  • travel arrangements
  • if you are bringing your family, after your arrival
  • what to expect in Athens

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that Ohio University establishes that you as a student have sufficient funds for the first year (two semesters-excluding the optional summer term) of study before a Certificate of Eligibility can be issued.

Types Of Student Visas


The majority of international students pursuing Language Training, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral programs at Ohio University typically apply for F-1 visas. Spouses and children of F-1 visa holders are assigned an F-2 visa. Students issued a form I-20 by Ohio University will apply for F-1 visas in order to enter the United States.


J-1 visas are given to students who are sponsored by government agencies or universities, often through existing Exchange agreements with Ohio University and their home educational institution. Spouses and children of these visitors are assigned J-2 visas. Students issued a form DS-2019 by Ohio University will apply for J-1 visas in order to enter the United States.

How to Request Your I-20

Learn all the steps you'll need to follow and requirements for requesting your I-20.

How to Request Your I-20

How To Request Your DS-2019

1. Calculate Funding in iCats

The following Total Funding information must be included in iCats Services eForm when requesting a DS-2019. 

Note: To complete your request in iCats, you must be an admitted student. 

Calculating Funding in iCats 


Column 1: 
3 Semesters
(Only use for summer start and other cases where summer enrollment is mandatory in the coming year) 

Column 2:  
2 Semesters
(For standard fall and spring admits) 

A. Stipend 

A1. Amount in Award Letter 

A2. Amount in Award Letter 

B. Instructional and General Fees (tuition) 

B1. $14,166 

B2. $9,444 

C. Non-resident Surcharge 

C1. $11,988 

C2. $7,992 

D. Health Insurance 

D1. $2,856 

D2. $2,112 

Total Funding =
A + B + C + D 

Column 1
Total funding =

A1 + B1 + C1 + D1  

Column 2
Total Funding =

A2 + B2 + C2 + D2 


2. Obtain Your Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) 

For information about obtaining a DS-2019, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Estimated Expenses

View a breakdown of estimated graduate student expenses to help you plan for your time at Ohio University.

Estimated Student Expenses


Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Resources

Please note: Your admission letter from the Ohio University Graduate College indicates your program of study at Ohio University. The name of the program listed on your I-20 may be different, as the SEVIS system uses a set of codes for a variety of majors. This may not be an exact match to the major program listed on your letter of admission. 

Graduate College Reporting Dates

International students must arrive on the Athens campus by the Report Date listed for the Admission Term. This will ensure sufficient time for pre-term orientation and any paperwork and/or testing requirements. It also allows time for move-in.

Admission Term Report Date Classes Begin

Summer 2022

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

Fall 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Monday, August 22,2022

Spring 2023

Sunday, January 08, 2023 Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Summer 2023 Thursday, May 11, 2023                          Monday, May 15, 2023
Fall 2023 Sunday, August 13, 2023 Monday, August 28, 2023


All international students must check in with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and attend the mandatory orientation. You will not be able to register for classes until after you have checked in.

Additional Resources