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 and accommodations below.)

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 (NISOLs).  Because of the challenges of group transportation presented by the current global pandemic, arriving students must be prepared to pay for their own transportation from CMH to the OWU Campus in Delaware, Ohio (about 55 km north) -- it should cost about $125 (with tip).

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 


2019 DETAILED SCHEDULE (2020 detailed schedule will be posted in April)

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 abroad, will be issued F-1 visas by OWU.

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, 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.