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Admitted Students: Arrival and Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Ohio University! We look forward to welcoming you as you start your journey as a Bobcat. Please look over the following information for details about arrivals and orientation. If you have any questions, please email us at isfs@ohio.edu.

This webpage also provides useful information for new students.

International Student Orientation – Fall 2020


Event Details

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Arrival Dates:

  • August 9, 2020
  • August 10, 2020
  • August 11, 2020
  • August 12, 2020

TOEFL Exam: August 18, 2020

Please note, if you are taking the TOEFL Exam, you should also plan on attending the TOEFL Orientation on August 17, 2020.


Ohio University will provide shuttle rides at a discounted price. Find details at the Transportation Services website.

You may also book a ride on the GoBus. Visit the GoBus website for a schedule and prices.


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.

Temporary Housing


Temporary housing will be available during the orientation program. The cost is $30 per night or $125 per week. All incoming students seeking temporary housing on-campus should visit www.ohio.edu/myhousing, click on the ‘Applications’ tab to complete the ‘Fall Semester Extension and Winter Break’ 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.


Students who are unable to obtain temporary housing may wish to reserve a room in an Athens hotel. (ISFS does not endorse any hotel noted below.)

Please see the table below for options:


Distance from Campus

Transportation Options

Ohio University Inn and Conference Center

.6 miles / .97 km

Walking/City Bus

Athens Central Hotel

.6 miles / .97 km

Walking/City Bus

Highlander Motel

1.2 miles / 1.93 km

Walking / City Bus / Biking

Baymont by Wyndham Athens

1.3 miles / 2.09 km

City Bus / Biking / Walking

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens

1.5 miles / 2.41 km

Hotel Shuttle / City Bus / Biking / Walking

Hometown Inn

1.7 miles / 2.74 km


Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens

2.1 miles / 3.38 km

City Bus / Biking / Walking

Days Inn by Wyndham

2.4 miles / 3.86 km

City Bus / Biking / Walking

Hampton Inn

2.5 miles / 4.02 km

City Bus / Biking

Super 8 by Wyndham

3.7 miles / 5.95 km

Car / City Bus/ Biking

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 over the 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 visit this Undergraduate Admissions webpage. 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 visit this Graduate College webpage.