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Accepted International Student Checklist


I-20s are mailed via eShipGlobal. Please advise as soon as possible if you plan on using this service so that your I-20 is not mailed out until you have requested your shipment through eShipGlobal.


  • Pay I-901 Fee at least 3 days before your VISA appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. Information on paying the fee can be found at
  • Apply for VISA at U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for information on what you will need for your appointment: Not all countries require a VISA please consult your U.S. Embassy or Consulate

Once your VISA is approved:

  • Apply for housing. All Undergraduate Freshman must reside in campus housing. Housing is available but optional for ELI students and upperclassmen. Housing web site is: If you need to check-in earlier than the listed check-in time for housing, or if you are arriving late in the evening after check-in hours have ended you will need to make sure that you notify Residence Life or Janet Crane at
    Music, Art and Theatre majors are strongly advised to select River Park Housing due to its closeness to the Fine Arts campus in downtown Columbus. You will have this option on your application.
  • Make travel arrangements to arrive in time to attend International Orientation. Orientation is always held the Thursday and Friday prior to the start of the semester. Please see the Center for Global Engagement page to confirm dates.
    FLYING TO COLUMBUS: You should arrange to fly into the Atlanta-Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Atlanta is approximately 90 miles north of Columbus. Once there, you will find a shuttle service called Groome Transportation. This shuttle usually runs every hour to Columbus and can be located at the Ground Transportation area outside the airport’s baggage claim (you will follow the signs to the non-metro shuttle area). You can find out more information about this shuttle service by calling 1-800-584-6735 or visiting their website at
  • Submit immunizations if you have not done so – you will not be able to register for classes until this is submitted.
  • Sign up for International Orientation on the Center for Global Engagement page.
  • Be prepared to pay tuition and fees the first week of classes – you will be given an opportunity during orientation to open a US bank account if necessary.
  • Student Insurance - All International Students are required to purchase the insurance supplied by the university. 
  • Advise Janet Crane when you will be arriving by email or by phone at (706) 507-8567
  • Review Student Information:
  • Academic Calendar: Please be advised that in U.S. institutions, teachers expect students to adhere to the semester start and end dates. Please view the academic calendar at for semester dates.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:


If you will be attending the English Language Institute you may also contact: