In August, before classes begin in the fall, a two and a half day pre-orientation program, called New International Student Orientation (“NISO”), is held for new international and global nomad students. Parents and family are also welcome to attend--there will be special sessions for parents during NISO. All students and their accompanying families attend the International Student Orientation Welcome Breakfast and information sessions.
In January, before the start of the Spring Orientation, a pre-orientation program, called Spring NISO, is also held.
During both the fall and the spring NISO, new students are also assisted with opening bank accounts, getting their rooms in the residence halls, and the like. There is also a special program and a question/answer session just for parents/guardians. Parents and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. (Please see below for information about transportation, dining
NISO continues through the first half of the Fall Semester with UC 99, a .25 credit orientation course that meets one night per week. Many topics are covered in UC 99: including immigration rules, health insurance, the academic culture of the USA, what to expect from the weather, culture shock and local area transportation. For those arriving in the Spring Semester, UC 99 or scheduled meetings will be offered through February.
New international and global nomad students are met at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) on the revised designated arrival day – Friday, August 14 – by our New International Student Orientation Leaders (
Important REVISED Dates for New International Student Orientation -- August 2020
|International / Global Nomad Arrival & Move-In Day||Friday, August 14th|
|New International Student Orientation||Saturday and Sunday, August 15th & 16th|
|Camp Oh-Wooo and other regular orientation activities.||Starting Thursday, August 17th|
Information for accepted students, including students seeking a SEVIS Form I-20 and how to apply for an F-1 student visa, please go to the link, Admitted Students.
Exchange students from partner institutions
Please note: International and US global nomad students who are admitted for a fall start date are not expected to complete the on-line OWU Orientation in June. Pre-registration materials for course selection (and other information) will be sent to students during the summer and participation in the New International Student Orientation (NISO) is required.
For more comprehensive information, please see: NISO Pre-Arrival Guide
Remember to carry a copy of the following forms in your carry-on luggage when you travel to OWU:
If you are coming with family, please see VisitDelOhio.com, which includes information about local dining and accommodations. Parents cannot stay overnight in the rooms of new students. Families traveling with their students must make arrangements to rent a car at the airport upon arrival for the duration of their stay. Taxi and car share services within Delaware are limited, so too is public transit; few accommodations are within walking distance of OWU.