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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
DescriptionColumn 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. StipendA1. Amount in Award LetterA2. Amount in Award Letter
B. Instructional and General Fees (tuition)B1. $14,166B2. $9,444
C. Non-resident SurchargeC1. $11,988C2. $7,992
D. Health InsuranceD1. $2,856D2. $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 TermReport DateClasses Begin

Spring 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Summer 2024

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Monday, May 13, 2024

Fall 2024Sunday, August 11, 2024Monday, August 26, 2024
Spring 2025Sunday, January 5, 2025                        Monday, January 13, 2025
Summer 2025Wednesday, May 7, 2025Monday, May 12, 2025
Fall 2025Sunday, August 10, 2025Monday, August 25, 2025
Spring 2026Sunday, January 4, 2026Monday, January 12, 2026
Summer 2026Wednesday, May 6, 2026Monday, May 11, 2026
Fall 2026Sunday, August 9, 2026Monday, August 24, 2026


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