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New Student Information

Congratulations on your acceptance to The Ohio State University’s intensive English program, the American Language Program. You have taken the first steps toward improving your English language ability and ability to navigate higher education.

Here’s some important information to make your arrival and first couple weeks easier. Ohio State is a huge university with strict rules regarding its policies and procedures, so it is important to understand this information and to complete these items.

Brutus Buckeye Welcomes New Students

Before you arrive

Activate your OSU account

We cannot register you for classes, on-campus housing, or OSU email until you activate your account at http://my.osu.edu. Don’t forget your Ohio State user name and password. You will use your OSU account and password daily to access your OSU email and Carmen, OSU’s learning management system. For complete directions to activate your OSU account, click here. If you need help, please contact 8help@osu.edu or call 1-614-688-4357.

Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement

After you activate your OSU account you can complete the Financial Responsibility Statement (FRS). We cannot register you for classes until you complete the FRS. Basically, this statement says that you (or your sponsor) will pay your tuition and fees at Ohio State.  All Ohio State students must complete this statement at the beginning of every semester. Find directions for completing the FRS here. Directions for Completing the FRS

Set-up Your OSU email

Check your OSU email with your OSU user name and password.

1. Go to http://email.osu.edu

2. Click on “Buckeyemail” on the left, for students.

3. Enter your OSU username (lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu) and your password.

4. The first time you log in, please choose English as the language and Eastern Standard Time (EST – New York) as the time zone for your OSU email account.

Vaccination Requirements for New Students

All new ALP students should bring the completed vaccination form to the Wilce Student Health Center and schedule an Immunization Consultation appointment. All vaccinations can be completed at the Wilce Student Health Center if you are unable to complete them before arrival. Questions about the vaccinations and their documentation can be sent to preventivemedicine@osu.edu or 1-614-247-2387. Click here for more information.

The following vaccinations are required for international students. All students must submit documentation from a licensed medical provider for the following vaccinations:

Hepatitis B
Three (3) doses OR lab report confirming immunity.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Two (2) doses of MMR OR two (2) doses of Measles, two (2) doses of Mumps, and one (1) dose of Rubella OR lab report confirming immunity.

Polio (Only required for those students who will be younger than eighteen (18) at the start of the semester)
Four (4) doses of IPV or OPV.

Adult TDap
One (1) dose received within the past ten (10) years.

Tuberculosis Test
Skin or blood test completed no more than six (6) months prior to your arrival in the United States.

Two (2) doses OR lab report confirming immunity.  Documentation of history of disease does not satisfy the requirement.

Students new to OSU campus housing must provide documentation of vaccination for:

Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY)
One (1) dose receives since age 16

For instructions on how to complete the requirement, please see the Vaccination Requirement page.

        Please find the vaccination form at this link.

*** All requirements are to be completed prior to the start of the semester in which the To Do List item is assigned.


Students are responsible for finding their own housing, but if you need suggestions, we can give you some information

On-campus living. We recommend living in the residence halls to maximize language gains.
Off-campus housing.

Supplies for ALP

Most ALP classes use textbooks, which are available at The Ohio State University Bookstore, and you will need a laptop or tablet in class daily. We recommend a laptop over a tablet. You can purchase a laptop computer at OSU’s Tech Hub, located in the Tuttle Garage, 2059 Milikin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Arrival to Columbus, Ohio and Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio skyline

Columbus, Ohio skyline

You are responsible for transportation from the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. We recommend that you take a taxi from the airport to your residence or hotel. Expect the taxi to cost $25-$30 USD. Some taxis may accept credit cards. Ask the driver before leaving the airport if you can pay with credit card. If you can exchange some money before arriving to Columbus, please do so. After settling in at your residence hall or apartment, you will need to visit the ALP Office located at:

196 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Click here for a map & directions


After checking in at the ALP Office, we suggest you do the following:

  1. OSU Mobile App. Get a mobile phone and download the Ohio State Mobile app for iOS or Android.
  1. Student Identification Card / “BuckID.” Get your student ID card (BuckID) from the BuckID Office in Room 3040 of the Ohio Union (1739 N High St). Take the permission letter from the ALP Office before you go.
  1. Tuition & Fees. After Tuesday, August 22, you can pay tuition and fees online at http://buckeyelink.osu.edu or go to the Student Academic Services (SAS) Building (281 W. Lane Ave). Sponsored students must give the ALP Office a copy of their financial guarantee before classes begin. Speak with Dena Naumoff in 196 Arps Hall if you have any problems.
  1. Health Insurance. If you have your own health insurance (e.g., from your government sponsor), you should waive your OSU Student Health Insurance at https://shi.osu.edu/secure/waiver/. You will need your OSU user name, password, I-20, and your health insurance card. Come to the ALP Office in 196 Arps Hall if you need help. You can also contact shi_info@osu.edu or 1-614-688-7979 if you have questions about health insurance coverage and waiving.

Welcome Week & Beginning of Term Schedule

Ohio State Marching Band

Ohio State Marching Band

Monday, August 14-17

ALP Check-in – 196 Arps Hall (1945 N High St. Columbus, OH 43210)
Come to the ALP office during business hours (9:00am-4:00pm). All new students need to check in at the ALP Office in 196 Arps Hall located at 1945 N High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210. We need to see your passport and your financial guarantee if you are a sponsored student. We will also give you a schedule and some important information about your Buck ID and parking. If you drive, you can park on High St or in the Ohio Union South Garage.

Friday, August 18

Placement Test – 384 Arps Hall (1945 N. High St. Columbus, OH  43210)
This test will be used to place you into your classes.  You will need your Buck ID card or another form of identification.  Your test scores and your class schedule will be available at ALP Orientation.

Tuesday, August 22

Office of International Affairs (OIA) Check-in and Orientation – 160 Enarson Classroom Building (2009 Millikin Road, Columbus, OH 43210)
All students must check in with OIA after they arrive in the U.S. Bring the following documents with you to OIA:

OIA Student Record Form
I-94 printed from   http://www.cbp.gov/I94
Proof of health insurance
I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 scholars)
Buck ID (OSU student identification card
OSU Admission Letter

ALP Orientation – 110 Physical Activity and Exercise Science (PAES) Building (305 Annie & John Glenn Ave., Columbus, OH 43210)
Don’t be late! You will receive your test scores and schedules as well as information about ALP policies, health and safety, things to do in Columbus, getting involved on campus, and cultural adjustment.


Wednesday, August 23

Convocation – 260 Ramseyer Hall (“The College Commons”, 29 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210)
We will celebrate the beginning of the semester with new and continuing students. After convocation, your teachers will walk you to your classes and you will take important diagnostic tests to make sure you are in the right class.

First Day of Class & Diagnostic Testing
It is important to attend the first few days of class because your teachers will give you additional diagnostic assessments to be sure your placement is correct. Do not miss these important first days of class.


Thursday, August 24

9:00am – 1:35pm
Second Day of Class.
Attend class as usual. Complete the important diagnostic assessments.


Friday, August 25

9:00am – 1:35pm
Third Day of Class.
Attend class as usual. Complete the important diagnostic assessments.


To Be Announced

9:00am – 1:00pm
Health Screening – Student Health Services (Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Millikin Rd., Columbus, OH 43210)
All new students must go through a health screening which includes a blood test for TB (tuberculosis).  Do not fast before the test.  Eat and drink plenty of fluids, but do not drink caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, or sodas.   Bring your Buck ID card or your private health insurance card and any previous TB testing information if you have it.  You should also bring your vaccination documentation.

IMPORTANT: If you do not attend, a HOLD will be placed on your record at the University.  Holds can result in financial penalties and your records may be frozen.  In addition, you and your adviser will not receive your grades at the end of the term if you do not complete the health screening.

Sunday, August 20

Student Involvement Fair – The Oval

  • The Student Involvement Fair is the best place to find a student organization that meets your needs and interests. Members of more than 300 OSU student organizations, campus departments, and community agencies will be on the Oval to tell you about what they do. This is your first and best opportunity to chat with them and start determining what you’re going to get involved with outside of your ALP classes.
  • If you want to be involved with the English Conversation Program (ECP), be sure to visit the Global Engagement booth.