New International Student Orientation
Welcome to OWU!
Every year, before New Student Orientation, a one-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.
During 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 every Monday night. 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.
New international and global nomad students are met at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) on the designated arrival day -- Monday, August 19 -- by our Orientation Leaders. Please note that students will be picked up only on the arrival day and only at Port Columbus Airport. Those traveling by car should contact the IOCP.
Important dates for New International Student Orientation 2013
For information for accepted students, including information for those seeking an I-20 form and an F-1 student visa go to: Accepted Student Information (including how to apply for a student visa.)
This is the 2013 pre-orientation ("NISO") schedule for new internationals and US global nomads: New International Student Orientation 2013 (PDF).
For information regarding the OWU Student Orientation go to: OWU Orientation.
For information about StART and about course registration, please see: StART OWU / Course Registration Information (course registration information now available!)
Please note: International and US global nomad students are not expected to attend the June 2013 StART OWU Programs. 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 (PDF*)
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 information about local dining and accommodations on our "VisitOWU" website. 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 service within Delaware is very limited; there is no regular public transit; few accommodations are within walking distance of OWU.
Lastly, please visit our Facebook group, OWU Class of 2017 International and Global Nomad Students, at the following link: OWU NISO Facebook Page . New International Orientation Leaders (NISOLs) are standing by to answer your questions!
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