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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

This webpage also provides useful information for new students.

International Student Orientation – Summer 2021


Event Details

Recorded Sessions

ISFS will add recording of orientation following the sessions. 

Pre-Arrival Communication

ISFS will add links to pre-arrival communications here.

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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


Temporary housing is available for students who plan to live on campus for the academic year. All incoming students who plan to live on campus for the academic year can request temporary housing by visiting Housing Self-Service and completing the International Student Early Arrival 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

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.  On the left side menu, select Orientation.  You will see a few options.  Select and complete Summer 2021 Report Arrival and Check-in.  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.