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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 iso@ohio.edu

Late Arrival Information

The semester has begun! If you have permission to arrive late, please follow the below steps once you get to OHIO and welcome! 

Step 1: Report your arrival to ISFS 

Log in to iCats and scroll down to the gray “Requests” banner. Click on the entry that starts with “Admitted Spring…”. Complete and submit the “Confirm Arrival” eform.  

Step 2: Update your “SEVIS US” address and your phone number in your MyOHIO Student Center 

To do this, please follow the steps outlined in this tutorial. You can also refer to the following folder for step by step instructions.  

We cannot report your arrival to the government until you have taken these steps.  

Step 3: Watch the videos from orientation 

We have uploaded all orientation sessions below.  You are required to view each of the following sessions that you missed during orientation week:  

  • 10 Tools for F-1/J-1 Students—Mandatory (select whichever corresponds with your visa status) 

  • Health Insurance—Mandatory 

  • Law and Safety—Mandatory 

  • Title IX—Mandatory 

  • Library Tour—Mandatory 

Step 4: Complete 10 Tools Quiz 

Take the 10 Tools Completion Quiz by logging into iCats and finding the quiz in the Orientation menu. You cannot register for classes until you have reviewed the videos and finalized the quiz.  

Step 5: Get your Bobcat ID Card  

Your Ohio University ID card is used to verify your status as a student, faculty, or staff member in good standing. You also can use the card to take the Athens Public Transit bus for free. You can get your ID by stopping by Bobcat Depot. Bobcat Depot is in Baker Center, on the 1st floor behind the escalators.  

Step 6: Pick up your welcome bag! 

We have a welcome bag for you! Please stop by the ISFS office, Walter International Education Center (Address: 15 Park Place, Athens, Ohio, 45701) between the hours of 10-12noon and 1-4pm (Monday through Friday) to pick up your bag.  

Have a graduate appointment? 

If you have a graduate appointment, you’ll need to follow the directions in the pdf titled ISFS UHR New International Student employment checklist which is accessible in the following folder. To learn how to complete the checklist please refer to the following video.  

Review the dependent presentation if you have dependents 

Students with Dependents can watch the recorded presentation and reach out the ISFS GA if they have additional questions. She can be reached by emailing isfs@ohio.edu and asking to be connected to Shauna Torrington.     


ISO Spring 2022 Recorded Sessions


November 12, 2021 - Cost of living Recording  PowerPoint 

November 16, 2021 - What will we do during orientation? PowerPoint

November 19, 2021 - Graduate Assistantships - the ins and outs PowerPoint

November 23, 2021 - Packing - to bring or not to bring? Recording  PowerPoint


January 3, 2022

     ISO Welcome

     Living in Athens


     Dependent Session Q&A

January 4, 2022

     10 Tools for International Student Success -- F-1

     10 Tools for International Student Success -- J-1

January 5, 2022

     Academic Success

     Title IX and Survivor Advocacy

     Community Standards

January 6, 2022

     Law & Safety

     International Student Health Insurance

Bonus Content

     Library Online Training

Pre-Arrival Communication

October 30, 2021 - Preparing for Spring 2022 at OHIO




November 6, 2021 - Welcome to OHIO from International Student and Faculty Services

November 10, 2021 - Join ISFS for virtual pre-arrival sessions

November 12, 2021 - COVID-19 and Spring Semester at Ohio University

November 15, 2021 - Planning your travel to OHIO

November 17, 2021 - Finding housing in Athens

November 20, 2021 - Sign up for International Student Orientation

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Due to COVID-19, Ohio University will be unable to provide shuttle services. 

Please refer to emails from ISFS for more information on transportation options.


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


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

The Immigration Check-in should only be completed by students who are physically inside of the US. Once you have entered the country, please log into iCats.ohio.edu.  Under the gray “Requests” banner click on the entry that starts with “Admitted Spring…”.  Complete and submit the “Confirm Arrival” eform. In order to complete this check-in you will need to have the following items available:

  • The date you entered the U.S.
  • An email and phone number for your emergency contact person
  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • A copy of your visa stamp (unless you are a citizen of Canada)

This step must be completed before we can report your arrival to the U.S. Government

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.