In August, before New Student Orientation 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 annual Helen and Gordon Smith International Welcome Banquet, which celebrates the arrival of our new internationals and honors OWU alumni Helen C. Smith (’56) and Gordon V. Smith (’54) for their support of our international students.

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 and accommodations below.)

NISO continues through the first half of the Fall Semester with meetings one night per week. Many topics are covered in NISO: from immigration rules and benefits to health insurance, from the academic culture of the USA to what to expect from the weather, from culture shock to local area transportation.  For those arriving in the Spring Semester, NISO will continue with scheduled meetings through the February.

New international and global nomad students are met at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) on the designated arrival day – Monday, August 12, 2019 – by our New International Student Orientation Leaders (NISOLs).

Important Dates for New International Student Orientation --  August 2019

International / Global Nomad Arrival & Move-In Day Monday August 12
New International Student Orientation Tuesday through Thursday, August 13 -15
CAMP OH-Woo! (all new students) Friday, August 16 - Sunday August 18
Classes Begin Wednesday, August 21
Activities continue throughout the week


For information for accepted students, including information for those seeking an I-20 form and how to apply for an F-1 student visa go to Admitted Students.

Exchange students from partner institutions abroad, will be issued J-1 visas by the Institute for International Education for attendance at OWU.

Please note: International and US global nomad students are not expected to attend the Orientation in June. Pre-registration materials for course selection (and other information) will be sent to students during the summer.

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, 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.