Next Steps

Once you've been accepted to study, let us make your transition to Ohio Dominican as easy as possible.

Obtaining Your I-20 and Visa

After you have received your I-20 from Ohio Dominican University, you should apply for your F-1 student visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate near your place of residence. 

The U.S. consular official makes the ultimate decision as to whether the applicant is granted an F-1 student visa. 

The student should be prepared to present the following to the visa officer:

  • I-20
  • Evidence of financial ability to meet expenses
  • Evidence of English ability sufficient for course of study
  • Evidence of intent to depart the U.S. after completion of studies
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Photograph (check with embassy for specific dimensions)  
  • SEVIS fee payment proof

For more information about visas and other steps you will need to take to prepare for studying in the United States, visit Study in the States.

If you plan to leave the U.S. and reenter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 entry visa in your passport is not valid, you should present your I-20 Form along with financial proof to a U.S. Consular Officer abroad to obtain a new F-1 visa. 

If you are planning to leave the U.S. and re enter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 visa is still valid for your entry, you should present your I-20 Form and financial proof to the inspecting immigration officer at the U.S. port of entry.

You must follow the immigration transfer procedures. This includes students who have completed their studies and are currently on OPT (Optional Practical Training).

Once admitted you will receive information on how to transfer your immigration record to Ohio Dominican.

There are certain requirements for international students coming to the U.S. to study.

Learn what information you need to know before and after you arrive.



Actions to Complete Before Arrival at ODU

Your acceptance packet from Ohio Dominican University will include some or all of the following forms: 

  • Housing form
  • Medical form
  • Arrival form
Please complete the forms and return them to the International Office as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions, contact the International Office.

Admitted International Students
To secure your place at Ohio Dominican, please submit your $300 (USD) enrollment deposit.

Pay Deposit Online


Other Ways to Pay

Mail your check or money order, payable to Ohio Dominican University to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, Ohio  43219

Call (614) 251-4500 to pay with a credit card. 

All international students must complete the online Arrival Notification Form at least 2 weeks prior to the start of their first term.

ODU provides airport pickup to newly admitted International Students arriving at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). If you would like this service, your Arrival Notification form must be submitted by the deadline listed at the top of the page.

Complete Arrival Notification Form

All new international students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to attend orientation before starting classes at Ohio Dominican.

Orientation helps students:
  • Become familiar with campus and its resources
  • Get ready for classes
  • Understand ODU's classroom and faculty expectations
  • Learn about academic resources such as tutoring and advising
  • And much more
You will receive information about your upcoming orientation from the International Education staff, so please be sure to check your email.


Additional Information

New students are required to check in with the International Education Office after arriving in Columbus. Please bring with you your passport, visa and I-20 for a check in session

We provide airport pick up service to newly admitted International Students arriving at the Columbus Airport. If you would like this service, please return the arrival notification form to us at least 2-3 weeks before your flight.

Dates  Temperatures  What to Expect 
June 21 to September 20 Day: 
75 - 95° F 
(24 - 34°C) 

55 - 75° F 
(16 - 22°C) 
Humid, warm. Some rain or thunderstorms.

Dates  Temperatures  What to Expect 
September 21 to December 20 Day: 
35 - 65° F 
(2 - 18° C) 

20 - 50° F 
(-7 - 10°C) 
Temperatures change quickly. Rainy, windy, increasingly cool.

Dates  Temperatures  What to Expect 
December 21 to March 20 10 - 45° F 
(-9 - 9°C) 

5 - 35° F 
(-15 - -2°C)
Some snow, very cold.  Hat, gloves and warm coat needed.

Dates  Temperatures  What to Expect 
March 21 to June 20 Day:
45 - 75° F 

30 - 50° F 
(-1 - 10°C)

Rains often. Umbrella needed; maybe light coat or sweater.
For more information, visit The Weather Channel.

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