International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

The Office of International Students and Programs offers multiple opportunities to help international students get started: Pre-Departure Orientation, International Student Orientation, and Immigration Check-In. Each event is designed to provide just-in-time support from acceptance through the start of courses. In addition to providing an opportunity to meet staff and peers, these events will address arrival information, immigration-related regulations, resources available for your support, and how to maintain updated records.

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Orientation Events

Pre-Departure Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation is for students moving to Columbus, Ohio to attend Franklin University as an international student. A recording of the pre-departure orientation is sent to students several weeks before their expected start term, allowing access to the information when it is most convenient to students across timezones. Topics include:

  • Traveling to and arriving in Columbus
  • Choosing the right housing for you
  • Local transportation options
  • Life in Columbus

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is an opportunity for new and returning international students to learn more about Franklin University within the context of being an international student. Receive the most up-to-date information about immigration regulations, student services offered by Franklin, and academic policies. Orientation is an opportunity to meet the team in the Office of International Students and Programs as well as your peers. To accommodate new student arrivals, International Student Orientation is held online as a one-day series of interactive online sessions.

Immigration Check-In

Immigration Check-In is a mandatory session for F-1 international students to register their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records through a Designate School Official, learn how to update important records, and get familiar with on-campus resources. Immigration Check-In occurs on-campus at the beginning of the term. Be prepared to come to Immigration Check-In with the following items:

  • Electronic copies of your passport and visa
  • Electronic copies of your I-20 and I-94
  • Local address
  • U.S. phone number
  • myFranklin login information