Communication with IOCP

Telephone: 1-740-368-3070. During the summer, regular office hours are 08:30 to 16:30 (New York Time), Monday, through Friday. If this line is not answered, please leave (clearly and slowly) a voice mail message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

In the United States, you may call the toll-free number (cost free) 1-800-922-8953, without paying, from any phone. After the call is answered, ask to be connected to IOCP at extension 3070. (This toll-free line operates from 08:30 to 16:30 only.)

In an emergency, at any time when IOCP is closed, you may call +1-614-579-5398. This is the number of the mobile phone of the Director of IOCP, Darrell Albon.

Email: international@owu.edu. You can scan documents to this email address. Because of the large volume of email that we receive in August, we may not be able to answer you immediately.

Facebook Group: There is a Facebook Group you are encouraged to join, “OWU class of 2025 international and global nomads.” By posting your general questions there, other incoming freshmen have the benefit of learning the same information simultaneously. You will also be able to begin connecting with the other new students.

Fax: 1-740-368-3073. If your fax requires a response, be sure to specify the return fax number.

Office Closings: The University (and our office) will be closed on July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday. In addition, IOCP may be closed periodically throughout the summer for vacations.

Pre-Arrival Materials

You have probably already received a good number of emails/mailings that provide information about the University. Read these materials carefully to become more familiar with Ohio Wesleyan.

Catalog: It is especially important to become familiar with the OWU Catalog. In particular, you should pay close attention to two sections in the front—one on academic regulations and procedures and another on degrees and graduation requirements—and to the section in the back on expenses. (Unfortunately, some of the information on expenses—sections on financial aid and health insurance, for example—applies only to U.S. students.)

Summer Mailings: Like all new students at Ohio Wesleyan, you will be receiving information from various offices. Please read this information carefully. The more you know about Ohio Wesleyan before you arrive, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your new environment.

Some of the information may be inappropriate for students from other countries, since it is intended for all new students, the vast majority of whom are U.S. students. For example, the Office of Residential Life will tell you not to arrive before third week of August, yet we ask you to arrive before this because New International Student Orientation (NISO). (A few other groups arrive early as well.) In cases of such conflict, please trust this information, which is designed solely for students from other countries. Please contact IOCP if there are any questions.

Materials to Be Returned

Forms are available at the New Students page “New Student Information.” Below is a summary of those materials. Please visit this website for more information.

Arrival Information: Once your travel plans are fixed, please complete the New Student Arrival Form (also linked to the New International Student Orientation section on the IOCP International Student Services website). Arrival notification must be complete. Please make sure you include all flight numbers, times, etc., and also notify us of the people with whom you will be traveling.

Picture: Please send a picture of yourself to IOCP as soon as possible. The picture is used for two purposes: First, it makes it easier for us to identify students at the airport when they arrive. Second, this picture is kept in a photo album of all international students.

Final Academic Records: Please send any final academic documents to IOCP as soon as they are available or make sure that a request has been made to your school. Examples of these final records: final high school transcript and external examination results (ISC, HSC, A-levels, SPM, International Baccalaureate, and so on). All academic documents must be official or attested copies. Plain copies, copies of attested copies, and faxed copies are not acceptable.

Housing Application and Contract: You should have received information about housing along with your letter of admission. If you have not already done so, please submit the online housing application and the housing contract as soon as possible through the web site of the Office of Residential Life. If you are having problems with the online Housing forms, please contact us. It sometimes happens that students do not receive housing information or we do not receive the online form back from students, perhaps because of problems with overseas mailings or internet connections. As long as we have your enrollment deposit, we will reserve a room for you, even if we do not have your housing application.

The Office of Residential Life attempts to place students according to their preferences and will inform you of your room assignment late in the summer (early August, usually). Since this notification occurs so late, you may not receive your assignment before you arrive and get your keys from IOCP. If you are eager to know your assignment before you are notified, you can call Residential Life (1-740-368-3175) between 8:30 a.m. and noon or between 13:00 and 16:30. The assignments may well be complete in late July. Fax or email notification of housing assignments is not possible.

Medical Forms: The Student Health Center sends information about required immunizations as well as a medical history form. Please return the materials to the IOCP as soon as possible. You are required to have your immunizations up‐to‐date in order to enroll in classes. In addition, Ohio Wesleyan requires a negative tuberculin skin test or chest X‐ray within the past year. Skin tests are available at the Student Health Center before classes begin. Any special medication or treatments or information (in English) about your medical history should be sent directly to the Student Health Center or brought in August. All health and medical information is confidential and will be available to medical personnel only.

Account Agreement and Statement of Financial Responsibility: There is an “Account Agreement and Statement of Financial Responsibility” that must be signed by the student and parents and then returned to the University Controller. They include two copies—mail one to OWU and keep the other for your files.

Pre-Registration / Orientation

You will receive detailed information and special online forms from the Orientation office explaining how to pre-register for courses. You must read these materials very carefully and spend some time developing a first-semester schedule. Please follow all instructions carefully and submit information/forms by the published deadlines.

After you arrive, you will receive the new OWU Catalog. It is best to pre-register as soon as possible, as courses that are popular might close early. The Orientation OWU Program, which follows NISO in August, provides students with even more information regarding courses and academic life at OWU. Course registration may even be changed through the second week of classes; it is far better, however, to be settled into your courses within the first week. When necessary, students may change courses after taking placement examinations or consulting with academic advisors or peer advisors during the Orientation Program.

A few guidelines:

  • If English is not your first (and only) language, you do not have to do a foreign language.
  • Try to take ENG 105 (Freshman Writing Seminar) your first semester. Actually, half the freshmen take it the first semester, and the other half do it the second semester, so there is no requirement to take it the first semester. But it is better for you to do it as soon as possible, especially if you have little experience writing research papers according to American standards of good composition.
  • If you are unsure about your placement in a sequential subject (e.g., physics), choose the lower course for pre-registration. During Orientation and Oh Wooo Welcome, you will be tested and perhaps then moved to a higher level. Be sure that you are present for any required placement tests. It is very important that you take all of the placement examinations that are required during Orientation and Oh-Wooo Welcome.
  • The normal course load is four full-unit courses, especially in the first and second semesters. International students in F-1 visa status must be enrolled for at least 3.25 units for the entire semester in order to maintain their visa status. It is, thus, a good idea to enroll in more than 3.25 units (say 4.25 or 4.5) so that you can withdraw from a course, if need be, and still maintain your immigration status. The maximum course schedule a student can take per semester is 5.5 units.
  • Take courses in a variety of areas. Do not take more than one or two in your intended major and related areas. There is just too much risk of problems in the first semester and you don’t want to undertake such risk in your major. Besides, most of the courses in your major will be taken in the last two years of college. Also, many students change majors after their first or second semester; it’s good if you have exposure to a variety of areas early on so that you can discover where your interests and abilities lie.
  • We recommend that you do not take any more than two science/math courses your first semester, especially if you are not a pre-scholar. Students who do attempt to take three or more math and science courses must study on a daily basis, starting from the first day of class, and work twice as hard as they ever have before.
  • The courses that tend to close before your arrival in August are ECON 110 and perhaps CS110. If you are interested in taking these courses your first semester, please notify us of your course choices early. With the economics course, it is not so important to enroll in it the first semester as there is ample opportunity to do it later. With computer science it is important to start from the first semester of enrollment. Please pre-register for CS 110 for the fall and be sure to send in your pre-registration materials early.
  • Take courses that you have some interest in. At some point, you may have to take courses you think you won’t like in order to meet a requirement; avoid doing this your first semester.
  • Be adventurous. Take courses in areas that are of interest but that you haven’t had the opportunity to explore before. Bring your curiosity to college!

Things to Consider/Know

Computers: Computers are available for student use in the library and the academic buildings. Most students have their own computer; in fact, almost all have laptops. It will be more convenient to have your own, but it is not at all necessary given all the computers on campus. For more information about computers on campus and the Office of Information Systems (InfoSys), please visit the Information Services Self-Help page. Also, to set up the Wi-Fi on your laptop you will need to go to the Office of Information Systems. This is located in the basement of Corns Hall. Bring your laptop with you.

Laundry: You will have to purchase your own laundry detergents in order to wash your laundry. The washers and dryers are free of charge and are found in each of the residence halls. It is important that you Learn how to do laundry before you leave home. Furthermore, your roommates will not tolerate a pile of dirty, smelly clothes in the room! You should at least be aware of the basics such as: certain fabrics shrink if washed in hot water or dried at a high temperature; dark colors may bleed onto light-colored clothes; some fabrics (wool, for example) cannot be machine washed, and so on. Some students learn these things the hard way and ruin their clothes, so it is better if you come knowing how to take care of your clothes. Americans tend to wash their clothes very frequently—often after a single wearing.

Cooking: Almost all of your meals will be taken in the dining halls, but you will occasionally have the opportunity to prepare meals—especially over the breaks or for special occasions—and most students want to prepare foods from their own countries. There is a kitchen on each floor of the dorm buildings; however, you will have to purchase your own cooking supplies. You can also purchase a microwave and small refrigerator for your room. You will probably adjust fairly easily to American food, but it is nice if you can indulge your own cravings from time to time. Information about local restaurants in Delaware is available on Dining in Delaware.

Expectations for Parental Communication: Be sure that you and your parents have frank and open discussions about their expectations for the information that you will be sharing with them. For parents living a long way from their son and daughter, there is often an increased desire to be informed about their child’s life in the U.S. Please note that federal law prohibits us from speaking with parents about their students' personal information.

Dental / Health Check-ups:  Please make sure that you get a full health and dental check-up before you leave.  Dental care in the USA is generally expensive, and dental insurance is expensive also and has limited coverage.

Passport and Visa

You must have a valid passport to obtain a visa to the United States, and you must keep your passport current throughout your stay in the United States. “Current” means “will not expire in fewer than six months.” Passports may be renewed through embassies/consulates in the USA. IOCP will assist students with this process.

Before you visit a U.S. Consulate to apply for your visa, please read carefully the instructions on the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) issued for your studies at Ohio Wesleyan University. You will also need to pay the SEVIS (Form I-901) and other visa fees. To be eligible for an F-1 visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you will be a bona fide student, that you have adequate financial support for your stay in the United States, and that you have nonimmigrant intent.

Many people mistakenly think that the visa must be valid for the entire period of stay in the United States. The fact is the visa needs to be valid only on the day that you enter the country. Once you have been lawfully admitted to the United States, the visa is irrelevant. What is then relevant is the I-94 stamp that you will be given upon entry. Some students have four- or five-year visas; some have one- or two-year visas. Occasionally a student will have a visa valid only for a few months, and once we had a student with a visa valid for only three days. So long as your visa is valid when you enter, its fine. If the visa expires while you are here, there is no problem. However, if you later leave the United States, for winter or summer break, for example, and then need to re-enter the United States, you will need to get your visa renewed at home if it has expired. You cannot renew an F-1 visa in the United States.

(Canadian Citizens do not need to get a student visa.  They will get their international student status when entering the USA.  Please see our Canadian Student Information Sheet.)

After entering the U.S., you will need to print your I-94 form and keep it with your I-20 and other documents. To retrieve you I-94 card, please visit www.cbp.gov/I94.

Financial Issues

Please read carefully the expense sheet and the sheet on payment of fees.

Billing Statement: Students and their parents will receive a billing statement of the student account at the end of each month. Once you are here, you should verify that the University Registrar has your correct billing address. Statements are sent electronically, and students can view their accounts online. In addition to tuition, room and board, which appear on the July and November statements, other charges may be billed to the student account upon the student's request. Examples of these charges are a late registration fee, tickets to special events sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan, and a fee for replacement of a lost identification card. Insurance is billed only once a year, after you arrive. Further details appear in the back of the University catalog and on the separate sheet.

Monthly Payment Plan: The University offers a monthly payment plan through an outside company called Tuition Management Systems (TMS). A brochure about this plan from the Office of Student Accounts is linked to the OWU page Payment Plans. If you have any questions, you should contact Tuition Management Systems directly, or contact Student Accounts. There is a fee for the monthly payment plan, a one-time-only annual fee to enroll in the plan. There are no interest charges. Your payments are spread over ten months. Read the brochure and website for official details.

Transfer of Funds: If you expect to receive funds from your home country for your studies at Ohio Wesleyan, you should ensure that satisfactory arrangements for the transfer of funds have been made before your departure.

Assurance of Support: You must reconfirm the financial commitments to your education. The University does not make new financial aid awards to enrolled students. If you were not offered financial aid, you will not be able to obtain assistance after you have enrolled. If you have received a financial aid award, you will be able to renew your award each year, but you will not be able to receive additional assistance. Those receiving scholarships must maintain specified grade point averages.

Employment: You will not be able to fund your education through employment, although you may be able to earn a little spending money if you are able to find a job on campus. Furthermore, students may not work off campus because of the strict regulations governing the employment of nonimmigrant international students. Therefore, it is essential that you have arranged for the funding of your education before the beginning of your studies here. Illegal employment will result in termination of your F-1 status and possible deportation.

On-Campus Employment: Students in F-1 status have permission to work on the campus of the school they are authorized to attend. Most international students at OWU do work on campus. However, there are limitations. Students can earn no more than their allotment per academic year, an amount generally earned by working about eight hours a week. There are two reasons for this allotment: First, the budget for student employment has its own limitations, and second, we believe that students are here to study, not to work, and we do not want work to interfere with academics. This allotment may change slightly from year to year; an increase in the near future is not expected. Those with U.S. citizenship or Legal Permanent Resident status in the U.S. are eligible to work off-campus and for “work study” positions, which are supported by the U.S. Federal Government.

Students sometimes ask us to find jobs for them before they arrive. Unfortunately, this is not possible. Campus employers usually hire at the beginning of the academic year when students are here and can apply in person. In the first week there is a campus-wide job fair. If you do not find a job at the job fair, there will be other opportunities later on. It is always hard to predict what the employment situation will be, but generally most students who want to work are able to find a job, although perhaps not in the very first semester. Most campus jobs require no specific skills and are not particularly challenging, but a job is a good way to earn some pocket money, to develop some skills, and to get more involved in the University. Some students treat their jobs too casually and then lose them; the most important traits that campus employers look for are dependability and willingness to do the work assigned.

Expenses: The expenses listed by the University for books, personal and vacation living expenses are the minimum. Many students find that they need more money. Personal expenses, especially at first, may be higher than you imagine. You will find it very helpful if you have available more funds than the minimum. The required books in some areas (sciences, economics) tend to be very expensive and students who take more than the normal course load (as many do) have more books to buy. There is no way around the expense for books—students are often surprised at first at just how expensive books are, so please come prepared.

Sometimes you can find used textbooks online that are sold by other college students in the U.S. and oftentimes these books are more reasonably priced. Please be aware that if you choose this option, you are purchasing a book from an individual and there is always a small risk you may get the book late if at all.

Also be sure that the ISBN number of the used book matches the ISBN number of the book you are expected to purchase for a particular course. To ensure that you are purchasing the right edition, search for the book by the ISBN number instead of the title or author name. Some of the more popular websites where students purchase and sell textbooks include Amazon and Ebay Textbooks. If you want to know more about the required books for your classes, you can visit the OWU Self-Service website and you will you find them under this Textbook Search.

For more information about payment of fees, please contact the Student Accounts Office at owstuact@owu.edu.

For more information about scholarship and loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@owu.edu.

Pre-Departure Orientation

To prepare you for your experience for higher education in the United States, many overseas counseling centers in the Education USA network, such as USIS, the Fulbright Commission, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and America-Mideast Educational and Training Ser- vices (AMIDEAST), hold pre-departure orientation programs. We hope that you will take full advantage of these opportunities to prepare yourself for a new environment. Details should be available at the American Embassy or Consulate website in your area.

Here are some links that will provide more information on necessary pre-departure preparation:

Health Insurance

Health care in the United States is expensive. All international students, for this reason, must have health insurance and are automatically enrolled in LewerMark's International Student Health Insurance plan. Coverage begins as soon as the student enters the USA.

  1. Students and parents must review the details of this plan, including limitations and exclusions. Students participating in inter-collegiate athletics have particular limitations which must be reviewed.
  2. The cost for this insurance is around $1,500 per year (12 months).
  3. Students who have adequate coverage may waive this plan and receive a refund.  Submission of a waiver application must be made in a timely manner.
  4. LewerMark coverage includes 24/7 on-line and telephonic consultation services for both physical health and mental health issues.
  5. Dental Insurance:  LewerMark coverage does not include dental insurance, except for some limited coverage for treatment related to injuries. (Please review the plan carefully.).  Our students generally find that dental insurance is expenses and the coverage is limited. Please see IOCP staff if you would like more information.
  6. Information will be sent at the beginning of each academic year about enrolment, cost, and applying for a waiver.

For information about the OWU Student Health Center go here.

For information about OWU Counseling Service go here.

Contact Info

Location

International & Off-Campus Programs Office
Merrick Hall
Delaware, Ohio 43015
USA
P +1-740-368-3075
P +1-740-368-3070
F 740-368-3073
E iocp@owu.edu

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Office Hours

Academic Year (August through May): Monday to Friday from 08:30-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
Summer (June and July): Monday to Friday from 08:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30