• New International Student Information

    Students come to Ohio Dominican every year from over 17 countries. Our small campus and class sizes (average 16 students) assures you plenty of personal attention from our faculty and staff. You will learn from professors who not only excel in their fields and enjoy teaching, but also care about your success. Our caring staff will help you find and use the all the resources available to you to help make your experience and education at ODU as fulfilling and easy as possible. 

     Immigration Requirements 

     Forms/Deposit Information

     Arrival Information


     Billing Information

     How Much Money to Bring

     Parking Permit Registration

     Health Insurance

    Weather In Columbus, OH

    Immigration Requirements 

    If you are a new student coming from overseas:

    After you have received your I-20 from Ohio Dominican University, you should apply for your F-1 student visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate near your place of residence. The U.S. consular official makes the ultimate decision as to whether the applicant is granted an F-1 student visa. The student should be prepared to present the following to the visa officer:

    • I-20
    • Evidence of financial ability to meet expenses
    • Evidence of English ability sufficient for course of study
    • Evidence of intent to depart the U.S. after completion of studies
    • Passport valid for at least 6 months
    • Photograph (check with embassy for specific dimensions)
    • SEVIS Fee payment proof

    For more information about visas and other steps you will need to take to prepare for studying in the United States, please visit Study in the States.

    F-1 Students Currently in the U.S. 

    If you plan to leave the U.S. and reenter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 entry visa in your passport is not valid, you should present your I-20 Form along with financial proof to a U.S. Consular Officer abroad to obtain a new F-1 visa.

    If you are planning to leave the U.S. and re enter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 visa is still valid for your entry, you should present your I-20 Form and financial proof to the inspecting immigration officer at the U.S. port of entry.

    F-1 Students who Transfer Directly from Another School Within the U.S.

    You must follow the immigration transfer procedures. This includes students who have completed their studies and are currently on OPT (Optional Practical Training).You will need to do:

    • Complete the top portion of the International Student Advisor Report Form. Present the Form to your current foreign student advisor and have them complete this form and return to our office.
    • If you were not a full-time student at the last school you were authorized to attend, you should contact the Foreign Student Advisor at that school to discuss whether you need to apply for a reinstatement to F-1 status.

    For more information on Immigration to the United States, please see our Immigration site.  

    Forms/Deposit Information

    Once you have received you acceptance packet, please complete the following items and return them to the International Office as soon as possible. These forms will be included in the acceptance packet you receive.

    • Housing form
    • Medical form
    • Arrival form
    • $150 (USD) Housing deposit
    • Packing

    For advice on what to pack as you prepare to begin your studies in the US, please visit: http://educationusa.state.gov/predeparture/travel/pack.htm.

    Arrival Information

    If you are entering the US for the first time as an F-1 student visa holder, please visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/factsheet/100104ent_stdnt_fs.htm for an overview of what you can expect when you arrive at a U.S. Port of Entry.


    All new international students are required to attend orientation before starting classes at Ohio Dominican. There will be a special orientation for just international students. The International Office will contact you with the details. Students are also expected to attend the freshmen, transfer, or graduate orientation.

    Billing Information

    The Business Office issues a statement for each semester's fees. Subsequent monthly statements are issued for accounts with unpaid balances. The Balance due on your statement can be paid by one of the following methods:

    • Full payment by cash, check, money order or credit card.  The University accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover. Credit card payments may be made in person, by telephone (614) 251-4550, or by fax (614) 251-4456. When paying by phone or fax you will need:
    1. Credit Card Account Number
    2. Expiration Date on the Card
    3. Cardholder's Name
    4. Student's Ohio Dominican Identification Number (ID number)
    5. U.S. Dollar Amount to be Paid on the Account
    • You may also wire your payment. Please contact the International Office if you wish to wire your payment.
    • Monthly Payment plan permits payment of tuition, room and board and health insurance to be made in interest free monthly installments. (Fall semester payments due August 1st through December 1st. Spring semester payments due January 1st through May 1st). The earlier students enroll in the program, the more likely the lowest payment option will be available. Deadlines for enrollment in the plans are listed online. Go to eCashier to enroll online and to start monthly payments. A $60.00 administrative fee is charged for this payment plan per semester.

      Unpaid Account Policies are charged a $25 late fee. Should your balance become past due, a finance charge of .66% will be compounded monthly on the unpaid balance.

      If no payment arrangements are made, students will be administratively withdrawn from classes which will impact the student's ability to study and remain in the United States.

      Registration for the upcoming semester will not be permitted if there is an unpaid balance or if the payment plan is delinquent.

      Holds will be placed on transcripts, diplomas and records of any kind for students having a past due balance on their account.

    How Much Money to Bring

    You should arrive with $1,000 to $4,000 to cover initial expenses. These funds will be used for you arrival expenses such as books, meals, supplies, transportation, etc. Do not carry cash--consider travelers checks, checking card, credit card or a bank draft. 


    undergraduate Expenses and Fees for the 2011-2012 Academic Year


     There are two semesters in an academic year. 



    Tuition (per semester)


    Activity Fee (per semester, full time students)


     International Student Programming Fee (per semester)


    Orientation Fee (first time students, one time only)


    Application Fee (paper only)


    Parking Sticker (per year)


    Graduation Fee (one time fee)


    Room and Board Fee (depending upon room/points, per semester)


    Heath Insurance (per year)


    Personal Expenses (approximate) for books, supplies, transport, etc.



    Parking Permits Registration

    All motor vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Public Safety Department.

    To purchase a permit you must have:

    Your ODU Identification Number
    Your vehicle license number and description
    Permits are purchased through the internet on the Public Safety Website. Complete the application. Your permit will be sent to you within a week and your account will be charged for your purchase.

    Parking fees are:

    Full year Parking Tag $100
    Summer Parking Tag $25

    Questions related to billing, and payment methods should be directed to the ODU Business Office at (614) 251-4550. 

    Health Insurance

    Health insurance is required by ODU and is a necessity in the U.S. because the cost of health care is extremely expensive. You will be automatically enrolled in our health insurance policy for international students. You will be billed $1020 for one year. This amount will be split between your fall semester and spring semester bills. For more information on coverage, please visit the insurance website.

    Weather in Columbus, Ohio













    June 21 to September 20


    September 21 to December 20


    December 21 to March 20


    March 21 to June 20



     Day: 75-95° F
    Night: 55-75° F
     Day: 35-65° F
    (2-18° C)
    Night: 20-50° F
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    Day: 10-45° F
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    Night: 5-35° F
    (-15 - -2°C)


    Day: 45-75° F
    Night: 30-50° F
    (-1 - 10°C)


    What to Expect

     Humid, warm, some rain or thunderstorms.  Temperatures change quickly. Rainy,windy and increasingly cool.  Some snow, very cold. Hat, gloves and warm coat needed.   Rains often. Umbrella needed; maybe light coat/sweater.

     For more information please visit: The Weather Channel.