Information & Resources for the 2021 Fall Semester

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A.  OWU Connection / IOCP Office – Contacts & Hours of Operation, Merrick Hall

Please note the following contact information:  

  • International Students: Darrell Albon   +1-740-368-3072
  • Study Abroad / Domestic Off-Campus Programs: Lisa Ho  +1-740-368-3075
  • OWU Connection Programs: Darrell Albon  +1-740-368-3072
  • Office Hours:  Monday through Friday 08:30 to 17:00 hrs (EDT, NYC time)
  • After-hours / weekend contact  number:  +1-614-579-5398   (Please do not text this number.)

B.  International Travel and University Sponsored Activity

  1. For students:  The University returned to its regular international travel policy 1 July 2021. Institutionally-sponsored travel to countries with a U.S. Dept of State Level 4 Travel Advisory is prohibited. Travel to countries with a Level 3 Travel Advisory is restricted and will only be allowed if a petition to travel is approved. (Contact for information about petitioning; here is the petition form). Institutionally-sponsored travel to countries with Level 2 and Level 1 Travel Advisories is permitted if registered with the IOCP Office. 
  2. For faculty & staff:  The University returned to its regular international travel policy 1 July 2021. Institutionally-sponsored travel to countries with a U.S. Dept of State Level 4 Travel Advisory is prohibited. Travel to countries with a Level 3 Travel Advisory is restricted and will only be allowed if a petition to travel is approved. (Contact for information about petitioning; here is the petition form). Institutionally-sponsored travel to countries with Level 2 and Level 1 Travel Advisories is permitted if registered with the IOCP Office. All international travel requires the permission of a divisional Vice President/Provost. In some instances, travel to countries with a Level 4 Travel Advisory, if it is a country of citizenship or residency of the traveler, may be permitted with approval.
  3. All students, faculty and staff traveling on University sponsored programs, both domestic and international, will need to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  4. All international travel must be registered with the IOCP Office. The University reserves the right to suspend institutionally-sponsored activities in countries for which the Travel Advisory changes or there are other changes that might present a risk to OWU travellers. Students, faculty and/or staff may be required and should be prepared to suspend activities and immediately depart a country that moves to a Level 3 or Level 4 TA or for which the risk environment changes. These policies are subject to change.
  5. No academic credit will be transferred from programs that are in countries for which there has been no permission for institutionally sponsored travel. No funds will be disbursed or reimbursed for activities in countries for which there has been no permission for institutionally-sponsored travel.  

C.  Information for International / Global Nomad Students

    1. OWU instruction for the 2021 Fall Semester will be IN-PERSON only.
    2. For the 2021 Fall Semester, students who are unvaccinated against covid-19 and who have been remotely enrolled, who have been on an approved leave-of-absence or who are new to OWU must arrive on-campus earlier for quarantine and vaccination.  Contact the IOCP office for details. All students are required to have all mandated vaccinations. Vaccinations will be provided for those who cannot get them prior to departure. (See below for more information.)
    3. F-1 Visa Students:  DHS ICE SEVP guidance for regulatory adaptations will be extended for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.  Please review this website for the latest updates. The DHS ICE SEVP guidance issued in 2020 March, for the duration of the emergency, is current.  Please also note, DHS ICE SEVP released additional guidance ("Clarifying Questions....").  
    4. National Interest Exception (NIE) Waiver for entry into the USA during covid:  "Students holding F visas have been granted NIEs and do not need to obtain NIEs in advance from a consular section. NIE eligibility for students who have been present in Brazil, China, India, Iran or South Africa applies to programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021."  So entry into the USA before 1 August 2021 still requires an NIE.  Additional information is available here.
    5. Continuing F-1 Visa Students:  If you were enrolled in a full-course of study and were otherwise maintaining your visa status for the FALL 2020 and the Spring 2021 semester, you will have maintained your status whether you were inside the USA or outside the USA (remotely enrolled). Students maintaining their F-1 visa status while outside the USA may re-enter the USA at any time with an updated I-20. All F-1 students will need to be enrolled on-campus and in-person for the FA/21 semester in order to maintain their status.
    6. Students who are entering the USA for the first time and who need an F-1 visa should follow the instructions given to them when they were admitted.  Please note that an updated Certification of Finances form and updated evidence of financial support will be needed, if the originally submitted ones are more than six months old (from date of issuance, not submission to OWU.)
    7. F-1 Visa Students Returning from a Leave of Absence or after having their I-20 terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal (or other):  After being approved to return by the Registrar's Office, you must complete the requirements for a new I-20 form.  Well in advance of your intended date of return, you and your financial guarantors must complete and submit:
      • (1) a new Certification of Finances Form with required supporting documentation,
      • (2) a new I-20 Issuance Form, and
      • (3) a scan of you passport biodata information page.  
      • Please note that you will need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) fee for your new I-20 record and your eligibility clock for CPT and OPT will reset following your leave—a full two semesters of enrollment are required before you can apply for CPT or OPT.  
      • If your F-1 visa is expired, then you will also need to apply for a new visa. If your F-1 visa has not expired, you can use it to enter the USA with your new I-20, even if the expiry date is before your expected date of graduation.
      • Check your passport expiry date -- passports must have at least six months of validity. 
    8. Non-immigrant visa services at USA consulates and embassies abroad varies. Consult the website of the consulate or embassy, or contact them directly, for more information. Please see US Dept of State visa website for more information, including US visa news, links to embassies and consulates, visa appointment wait times, FAQ's, etc. Students are exempted from the strict limitation of travel into the USA having been deemed essential travelers. 
    9. Prior to traveling review guidance on travel restrictions provided by the government of your home country, of your country of citizenship, of the countries through which you are transiting and of the USA. Please note that the USA requires a negative covid test to travel to USA. Those arriving in the USA from abroad must quarantine for 7 days and be tested again on the 3rd, 4th or 5th day of their quarantine.
    10. Students who will be arriving at OWU for the first time who are not yet vaccinated for covid-19 must arrive at CMH (Columbus, John Glenn I.A.) earlier than the arrival date for those who are vaccinated for quarantine and vaccination.  Contact the IOCP office for details.
    11. Students who will be arriving at OWU for the first time and are vaccinated against covid-19 should plan to arrive at CMH (Columbus, John Glenn I.A.) on Monday, 16 August. 
      • Please complete the New Student Arrival Form so that we can arrange for your transportation and housing upon arrival.
      • Airport pick-up will be provided on the pre-arranged pick-up days. 
      • OWU will provide quarantine housing for the mandatory quarantine period and provide support for those who are in quarantine. We will also be facilitating any needed covid-19 testing and vaccinations. Although there will not be a charge for the extended housing, there will be a charge (likely up to $235) for food delivery and other services. Quarantine students will be housed for the quarantine period in Thompson Hall -- not in their assigned room/building for the semester.
      • Some students have made or will be making alternative plans for arriving in the States (for example, to spend time with relatives). If this is the case, please contact IOCP. The first day of classes is Wednesday, 25 August.
      • Please note there are restrictions on the date of entry for those who have an initial attendance I-20 and/or subject to the NIE waiver (see above).  Those wanting to enter the USA prior to 1 August should email the IOCP.
    12. Students who will be coming to OWU for the first time and who are vaccinated against covid-19 should plan to arrive at CMH (Columbus, John Glenn I.A.) on Monday, 16 August. 
      • Those who have received COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use by the WHO are considered to be vaccinated. 
      • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated by the US Government  2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
      • Students who expect to be partially vaccinated for covid-19 by arrival should contact the IOCP Office.
      • Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but must follow CDC guidance.
    13. Students who will be returning to OWU after an extended absence who are not yet vaccinated for COVID-19 with a WHO approved vaccine (1) should contact the IOCP Office to make arrangements for arrival and (2) should plan to arrive at least 8 days prior to the start of classes to allow time for quarantine and vaccination. (Please also see above about arrival date for those not vaccinated against covid-19.)
    14. Students who will be returning to OWU after an extended absence who have received covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use by the WHO should follow instructions from Residential Life about returning to campus.  Move-in times must be scheduled on the official move-in date.
    15. Students who were on-campus for 21/SP and/or 21/SU and who are vaccinated for covid-19 should follow instructions from Residential Life about returning to campus. Move-in times must be scheduled on the official move-in date.
    16. As you know, you can arrive in the USA in F-1 visa status up to 30 days prior to the start of your program.  Please note that your OWU Health insurance does not start until 1 August, so if you will be arriving early into the USA make sure that you purchase travel insurance that will cover your days in the USA prior to 1 August.
    17. Any students who have been delayed and will be arriving on or after Wednesday, 25 August must contact the IOCP for a late arrival certification letter.  The last possible day for arrival on-campus is Monday, 30 August. Students with F-1 visas unable to arrive by this date will be deferred to the 22/SP semester and will be sent an updated I-20.
    18. For more detailed information about travel restrictions for all countries, one of many resources is the International Air Travel Association (IATA) -- Interactive Travel Regulations / Restrictions Map.  See also the IATA Know Before You Go TravelCentre, which provides information about health requirements and regulations, required immigration documentation, and travel restrictions.
    19. For further information regarding travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and documentation, Fragomen LLC has a very helpful online guide – look at the pdf titled Immigration Situation Overview for country-specific information.  Another helpful resource for information on travel issues and restrictions on entry to the USA is the NAFSA Travel Resources (international education organization) page. 
    20. All students: Please carefully review the DHS Study in the States website: Study in the States – COVID-19 Page, also see the Study in the States -- Updates Page and, for more detail, see the SEVP FAQ Page. The US government has adjusted immigration regulations for international students to accommodate the exigencies created by the coronavirus pandemic, including the restrictions on online course registration, remaining in-status whilst out of the USA, and the "5-month" rule.  All students in F-1 visa status should review these websites. Please also review the DHS main Study in the States student website: Study in the States – Students.   
    21. OPT:  Please review the DHS FAQ's about OPT (starting on page 14 of this document). DHS is allowing some procedural adaptations for OPT for the duration of the current emergency. Students engaged in OPT and STEM OPT must update their SEVIS Portal when required, as always. Students must be in the USA in order to apply for OPT.  Contact Darrell if you have any questions. 
    22. Health insurance: LewerMark coverage for 2020/2021 will end 31 July. Information about the 2021/2022 health insurance plan has been sent to all students by email -- please check your email for more information.  

D.  Internationalization Resources for Faculty -- virtual opportunities

Some of our international partners are offering resources and opportunities that will enhance the class experience for our students. Restrictions on travel  are creating many opportunities for innovation in international education. Our partners are continuing to develop new initiatives--check back for updates. 

  1. The Forum on Education Abroad's Online Global Learning Experiences is an excellent background resource.
  2. Arcadia University, a partner since the 1980's, has educational centers in eight cities in Europe and also one in Cape Town.  Guest lectures, virtual tours, virtual group talks are available.  For more information, please contact Darrell.
  3. CEA Abroad, a partner for over ten years, is offering a virtual online lecture series.  It is also offering virtual global internships for qualified students.
  4. The GLCA / GLAA offer internationalization resources.
  5. The School for International Training ("SIT") has been an OWU partner for decades (since the early 60s, and likely earlier when it was known as The Experiment in International Living ).  It has recently announced a new program:  Global Curricular Enhancement (GCE) program.  Through this program, faculty, administrators, and students can gain access to and engage in dialogue with SIT's outstanding global network of academics, practitioners, and community partners.  All GCEs can be tailored and customized to fit the specifications and needs of partnering schools. Contact Darrell for a program prospectus.

E.  Information for Students Studying Away (Study Abroad and Domestic Programs)

  1. Fall 2021 -- Approval to participate in a FA/21 study abroad program is based upon the University international travel policy (see "B" above).  Study abroad for FA/21 in countries with Level 4 U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisories on 1 August will be postponed until SP/22 or canceled.
  2. For both FA/21 and SP/22 students must plan to be flexible and keep the option for remaining on-campus open. Enroll in on-campus courses. Apply for on-campus housing (advising Res. Life of your plans).
  3. Students who have a study abroad requirement for a major and who are unable to study abroad because of travel restrictions must contact the Dept. Chair or Program Director of their major to discuss accommodations.
  4. U.S. Citizens:  Please note that passport application processing (for both new and renewals) can take up to 18 weeks.  Please plan accordingly.

F.  Information about Travel-Learning Courses

  1. It is anticipated that Travel-Learning Courses postponed from 2020 and 2021 will be offered in 2022, 2023 or 2024.
  2. Updates will be posted on this website and in the OWU Daily as soon they are available. 

G.  Information About Theory-to-Practice Grants, Small Grants and other Institutionally Sponsored Travel

  1. Theory-to-Practice, Small Grant, and other institutionally sponsored international travel for the summer of 2021 have been canceled or postponed through 1 August.
  2. As of 1 June, domestic travel is permitted for those who have been fully vaccinated for covid-19.
  3. The Small Grant Program for 2021/2022 is underway. Travel restrictions (as noted above) still apply.

H.  The OWU Connection Student Symposium

  • The annual OWU Student Symposium showcases the research and creative work of students across the academic spectrum and provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the OWU community.   
  • The 2020 and 2021 Student Symposia are online.

I.  The New York Arts Program (NYAP)

  • The NYAP is still, as of 1 Aug, accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Semester. 
  • The NYAP office is open on a limited schedule during July and August.  

Contact Info


International & Off-Campus Programs Office
Merrick Hall
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P +1-740-368-3075
P +1-740-368-3070
F 740-368-3073

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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