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International Immigration Process - Next Steps

Welcome!

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, and what to expect in Athens. 

Overview

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that Ohio University establish 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

F-1

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

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.

 

Estimated Student Expenses

Official Posting of Tuition and Fees

The current tuition and fees are posted on the following Office of Bursar web page.

Verify with your academic program or graduate chair if you are unsure if your program has regional or differential tuition.

Health Insurance

All students enrolled in Athens campus credit hours are required to maintain an active health insurance policy. Students with qualifying outside plans may apply to waive Ohio University Health Insurance. Please read the above link regarding health insurance policies and guidelines for international students.

Overview
  • Coverage periods have been updated to better coincide with the academic calendar.
  • Shorter coverage periods include fewer insured days, which reduces the amount students have to pay each semester.
  • Summer coverage is no longer included in the Spring coverage period.
  • Students leaving the country during the summer months will no longer have to pay for coverage during that time if it is not needed.
  • Students not enrolled in summer semester credit hours are eligible to enroll in the summer coverage period on a voluntary basis.
  • Prepayment of the Summer 2023 premium amount to the student account is required prior to the enrollment form being processed. Payments are applied to past due balances first.
  • Prepayment is not required if the student is enrolled in summer semester credit hours. 

For more information, please see the following Student Health Insurance web page.

Premiums

Premiums for the student health insurance will be charged each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students are automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance and do not need to submit an enrollment form. The premiums and subsidy amounts (if applicable) are listed below.

Term Premiums Subsidy
Fall $1,071 $643*
Spring $1,041** $625*
Summer $744** $446*

*Health Insurance subsidy will be provided only to graduate students on assistantships that include a minimum stipend of $1,950 per semester and who purchase the University Student Health Insurance Plan.

**Spring coverage period no longer includes summer coverage. Students not enrolled in summer semester credit hours are eligible to enroll in the summer coverage period on a voluntary basis.

International Student Expenses

If you are an international applicant who is recommended for admission, you must submit the Financial Support Form to demonstrate proof of sufficient funds to study at Ohio University. Once you have submitted the Financial Support Form AND supplemental materials listed in an email communication from the Graduate College, then your materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the requirements. Upon meeting requirements, you will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019).

Details pertaining to the Financial Support Form, including information about assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships can be found on the Financial Support Form Instructions.

Academic Year Expenses 2021-2022

Description

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

2 Semesters (For standard fall and spring admits)

Instructional and General Fees (tuition)

$14,166

$9,444

Non-resident Surcharge

$11,988

$7,992

Books and Supplies

$1,373

$1,030

Room and Board

$10,320

$7,740

Personal Expenses

$2,787

$2,090

Transportation

$-----

$-----

Health Insurance

$2,856

$2,112

Total

$43,459

$30,301

The expenses above are estimates only and are subject to change.
Personal expenses may vary, and all amounts listed are estimates and/or suggestions for your consideration.

Transportation

Transportation costs are NOT included in the estimate of expenses, since transportation methods vary so greatly. Transportation in Athens includes walking and bicycling on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway,  the Campus Area Transit Service (CATS), the Athens City Public Transitairport shuttle service, private car, taxi, and/or sharing rides with friends.

Additional Expenses (not included in the table of expenses above)
  • Technology fee: Charged by your academic college.
  • Winter clothing: $1,000 - $1,500.
  • Minor medical supplies: $150.
  • Winter break vacation allowance (4 weeks between December and January): $1,000
  • Car expenses: Not included in the table of expenses above.
  • Initial arrival costs: At least $2,000 for housing deposits, utility fees, and phone.

Are You Bringing Dependents?

F-2 dependents are defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student. F-2 dependents remain in status only as long as the F-1 from whom the status is derived remains in valid F-1 status (and only until attaining age 21 if a dependent child).

If you have dependents accompanying you while you study at Ohio University, you are required to provide proof of funds for their living expenses and health insurance in addition to your estimated expenses.

Estimated Dependent Expenses

If you are planning on bringing any dependents with you to Ohio University, additional funds must be shown to issue a dependent I-20/DS-2019. The expenses listed below are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

  Summer start Fall/Spring start 
Spouse Living Expenses   $3,000 $3,000      
Children Living Expenses  $1,500   $1,500    
Spouse Insurance $2,856   $2,112
One Child Insurance * $2,856 $2,112
Two or More Children Insurance $5,712 $4,224

*(If no spouse, the first child living expenses would be $3,000)

 

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)
Required Immigration Documents - Admitted Student

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

Document

You are currently
outside the
United States

You are currently
in the United States
and are an
Ohio University student
You are currently
in the United States
and are transferring to
Ohio University
Passport Required Required Required
Financial Support
Form
 *
Required Required Required
Bank Statement Required Required Required
Current I-20   Required Required
Visa   Required Required
I-94   Required Required
Transfer-In Form     Required

*Financial Support Form Instructions

Outside the United States

To request an I-20 for an F-1 visa, log into your student portal and upload the following documents:

Inside the United States with F-1 Status

If You Are At Ohio University

To request an I-20 for an F-1 visa, log into your student portal and upload the following documents:

  • Completed Ohio University Financial Support Form
  • Bank statement(s)
  • Copy of your current I-20
  • Copy of your passport, photo page only
  • Copy of your visa
  • Copy of your current I-94
  • Copy of your Employment Authorization Document, if applicable
If You Are Transferring Your SEVIS Record from Another U.S. Institution

You are considered a “SEVIS Transfer Student” if you hold F-1 or J-1 student status at another institution in the United States and plan to remain in that visa status. To transfer your SEVIS record to Ohio University and to request an I-20 or DS-2019 from Ohio University, you must log in to your student portal account and upload the following documents:

How To Submit The Financial Support Form

Email documents to internationalgraduate@ohio.edu.

Obtaining Your Certificate Of Eligibility (I-20)

Based on recent updates with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Student and Faculty Services Office (ISFS) has recommended that the Graduate College create electronic I-20 forms for travel signatures.  Please refer to the guidelines below:

The electronic I-20 forms may ONLY be sent to your Ohio University email account, as that is the email account that is reported in your SEVIS record. There can be no exceptions to this rule.

It is recommended that you also visit the ISSS COVID-19 frequently asked questions webpage for additional information.

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

Required Immigration Documents - Dependent

F-2 dependents are defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student. F-2 dependents remain in status only as long as the F-1 from whom the status is derived remains in valid F-1 status (and only until attaining age 21 if a dependent child).

If you have dependents accompanying you while you study at Ohio University, you are required to provide proof of funds for their living expenses and health insurance in addition to your estimated expenses.

Required Immigration Documents Based on Where You Are Currently

Document

You are
outside the United States
and bringing dependents

You are currently
in the United States
and bringing dependents
Dependent's Passport Required Required

 

If you are currently outside or in the United States you will need to upload:

Copy of dependent’s passport

Guidance for completing the University Financial Support Form

If you are awarded a graduate appointment, it will change the amount of funding you need to demonstrate on your Financial Support Form (see link below).

International tuition scholarships cover the cost of instructional fees (up to 18 credit hours) and the non-resident surcharge for specific terms.

Even if you are being fully funded by a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship, you must still complete a Financial Support Form.

The amount of the scholarship and the amount of the stipend will be reflected on your I-20 and decrease the amount of funding you will be required to demonstrate.

However, if your tuition scholarship and stipend amount are less than this amount, you will be required to provide the Financial Support Form (see link below). and appropriate financial documentation to demonstrate that you have adequate funds to cover the remaining expenses.

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Financial Assistance Awarded After I-20 Issuance

In some cases, financial assistance may not be awarded until after Ohio University has issued your I-20.

If that happens, contact Susan Spence if your last name begins with A - K, or

Traci Fetherolf if your last name begins with L - Z, to request an updated I-20.

Updating an I-20 immediately voids your original I-20.

Your new I-20 will be emailed to your OHIO email, and you will need to take it to the Embassy to obtain your visa.

What Forms Of Financial Documentation Are Acceptable?

All bank documents must have:

  • Current date (no earlier than one year before the start date of the first term)
  • Student’s name (or account holder’s name if the sponsor is someone other than student)
  • Type of account (checking, savings), account number, and the current balance of the account expressed in USD. If the account is not in USD, the document must clearly state the currency of the account.
  • Bank letters or statements should be on official bank letterhead, must have the signature of a bank official and an official stamp of the bank.

NOTE: The bank statement or letter must be scanned and submitted in color.

Printouts of online statements must bear the stamp of the bank and be certified (signed) by a bank official.

  • Statements are valid for one year from the issue date.
  • Documents must be written in English or in the original language and accompanied by an official English translation.
  • All funds must be readily accessible and liquid (funds can be withdrawn at any time).

Financial documents may be verified for authenticity and are accepted at the discretion of the Designated School Official. The Designated School Official can also ask for the submission of additional documentation.

Acceptable account types for I-20 issuance (from overseas banking institutions)

  • Savings
  • Checking
  • Ordinary Deposit
  • Savings Deposit
  • Passbook Deposit/Savings
  • Demand Account/Deposit
  • Collection Savings
  • Deposit Certificates

Unacceptable account types (from overseas banking institutions)

 

  • Time Deposits
  • Savings Optional Deposit
  • Fixed Deposit
  • PF/PPF (India Retirement Account)
  • Postal Savings Certificates
  • Bonds
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Investment Funds
  • Bank Loan documents
  • Stock Market Accounts
  • Letters of employment showing wage amounts
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Money Market Accounts
  • Credit Card Balances
  • Assets

All documents (acceptable or unacceptable) submitted for issuing the immigration document become the property of Ohio University and will not be returned to the student.

Deadlines For Submission Of Documents
Required To Issue I-20

Financial (and academic) documents required to issue an Ohio University I-20 are due by the following dates*:

  • Fall admission - May 15
  • Spring admission - October 15
  • Summer admission - January 31

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

*Subject to change without notice due to law or policy changes.

Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)

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

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Links

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

Orientation/Registration

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.