Orientation & Immigration Requirements
Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming International Students. The Orientation fee is $100 and this fee covers the cost of meals, airport shuttle to Columbus, activities and transportation during orientation.
Orientation will be held the week prior to the beginning of classes. Optional events may be planned for the night and weekend. Please plan to arrive on Monday or Tuesday of orientation week if at all possible.
Monday, August 5th - International students may begin checking in to their campus housing.
Tuesday, August 6th - If you are living on campus and need to make a shopping trip to purchase groceries and household items shopping trips will begin on Tuesday at 1:00 pm
TENTATIVE ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - August 7th, 8th & 9th - we are currently reviewing our orientation schedule and will be updating activities when they are finalized
THERE WILL BE NO INDIVIDUAL MAKE UP SESSIONS
Sign up for International Orientation on the Center for International Education web site at:
$100 - includes shuttle service from Atlanta to Columbus CAMPUS, orientation meals, transportation and activities during orientation - payment must be made by August 1st to guarantee shuttle reservation. Your reservation will be made for your shuttle and a confirmation will be e-mailed to you.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GROOME SHUTTLE WILL ONLY PROVIDE DROP OFF SERVICE TO ONE CENTRAL SPOT ON EACH CAMPUS LOCATION (MAIN CAMPUS AND DOWNTOWN CAMPUS) IF YOU ARE GOING TO AN OFF CAMPUS ADDRESS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE PICKED UP FROM THE GROOME SHUTTLE OFFICE. YOU CAN REQUEST A CAB OR UBER FROM THE OFFICE. IF YOU HAVE HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF CAMPUS YOU CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THE PRE-SET CAMPUS LOCATION. The shuttle will drop off at a few local hotels.
$50 - includes orientation meals, transportation during orientation and activities - if you choose to only pay $50 you must make you own arrangements for the shuttle service and pay them directly. The web link for reservations is: http://groomecol.hudsonltd.net/res
If you do not make reservations for the shuttle through Columbus State or through the reservation system you can still catch the shuttle in Atlanta however you will have to wait until they have an available seat AND WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED TO PAY FOR YOUR SERVICE.
PAY ORIENTATION FEE AT:
IF YOU ARE PAYING FROM A US BANK DO NOT USE FLYWIRE - please e-mail email@example.com and I will provide instructions on how to make the payment.
If you do not need a shuttle ride you may BRING CORRECT CASH PAYMENT THE DAY OF ORIENTATION.
Fall 2019 orientation will be held IN SCHUSTER 130 PLEASE REVIEW THE CAMPUS MAP FOR LOCATION.
Fall 2019 Schedule - to be posted
The following documents must be uploaded to Admissions to verify your legal entry into the United States. You MUST submit these documents along with additional documents completed during orientation to complete your immigration file. THIS MUST BE DONE BY August 23rd.
I-94 - you can obtain this from this web site: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
You should also keep a copy of this document with your I-20 - this verifies your legal entry in to the US and you will need this for various things
I-20 or DS-2019 - please provide a PDF of your I-20 with your signature on it - read page 3 before signing Always keep your original I-2o's in a protected place
F1 or J1 Visa - please provide a PDF copy of your approved Visa
Link to submit documents: