Inbound Exchange: Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following FAQs to help you learn more about the Exchange Program at Fisher College of Business. If you still have additional questions, please contact us.
- How will I be nominated?
Nominations will be sent by your University Exchange Coordinator to the International Programs Office at Fisher College
- Am I guaranteed to be accepted for exchange at the Fisher College of Business?
No. There are several reasons you might be denied but providing your documents in a timely manner will speed up such decisions.
- What is the deadline for the application?
We need your application materials as soon as possible in order to get you admitted and your DS-2019 documentation for the US Visa prepared in time for your studies. The deadline for application is:
- Autumn Semester: March 15
- Spring Semester: October 1
- Do I need a U.S. Student Visa?
All international exchange students are required to obtain a J-1 visa to attend The Ohio State University. This includes European students. A "Visa Waiver" is not permitted at Ohio State -- all students must have a J-1 visa. Information about U.S. consulate policies, procedures, and requirements can be obtained through the U.S. State Department. Applicants for student visas usually apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country of their permanent residence.
Cost of the Program
How much does attending Fisher on exchange cost?
You will pay your tuition at your home school like any other term. However, there are fees which all OSU students pay which are also your responsibility to pay.
The 2013 Spring Semester fees are currently $1,318.40 as listed below and are subject to change:
Housing and Meals are other expenses you will need to consider. Please refer to OSU On-Campus housing and dining plan costs. Remember that you will need to budget for "out-of-pocket" expenses which include airfare, visa, and other expenses such as books. Information is available at http://housing.osu.edu/current_policies_fees.asp.
- What courses are offered for incoming exchange students?
As long as you have satisfied the pre-requisites for a course, you are eligible to enroll in that course. If you are uncertain whether or not you have fulfilled the pre-requisites for a course, please contact:
Graduate Students Contact
Jennifer Mercer, Graduate Programs Office
Undergraduate Students Contact
Jane_Palmer, Undergraduate Programs Office
Each Department maintains a list of courses. Please visit each department’s web page and click on "Courses" to determine which classes you would like to take while on exchange at Fisher College of Business.
- How do I check course availability?
Visit BuckeyeLink and scroll down to Academics under Public Access: click on Schedule of Classes (Master Schedule). Make sure to select the correct Term, Course Subject and whether it is Undergraduate or Graduate. Leave the checkmark on the “Show Open Classes Only” if you want to view classes currently open for registrations. Otherwise it will show waitlisted classes as well.
- How do I register for classes?
Once you and your home institution advisor agree on courses, you will inform Joyce Steffan of your choices. She will work with the coordinators below to register you for your classes.
Graduate Students Contact
Jennifer Mercer, Assistant Director Graduate Student Services
Undergraduate Students Contact
Jane Palmer, Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Student Services
- When do classes begin at OSU?
Classes start and end according to the OSU Academic Calendar . Please remember Finals Week to check the exact dates for finals as you remain on campus to complete your final exams.
- What is the grading scale like at Fisher?
The grading scale at Fisher (and the Ohio State University) is outlined below:
|Assigned Grade ||4.0 Scale Equivalent ||Description
- How can I see what classes I am signed up for or what my grades are at the end of a semester?
You may see what courses you are registered for by going to BuckeyeLink and logging in with your OSU name.# and password. You may also view your grades when they are posted at the end of the semester.
- When will I get transcripts for the courses I have taken?
Official transcripts will be scanned as a PDF and emailed directly to your home institution coordinator approximately two weeks after the end of your last semester. You may request your own official copy from OSU at any time by using the OSU Registrar’s Office Online Services link.
- Where will I live while I’m at Fisher?
Business international exchange students can apply for On-Campus housing at one of the graduate or undergraduate residence halls. Upon Admission to OSU, the OSU Housing Department will send an information packet to your permanent address for you to review.
If you do not receive these within one month of receiving your Admission packet, please email Joyce Steffan and let her know you have not received the documents. Fisher’s International Programs Office recommends the Neil Avenue Building (in-room cooking facilities) or Jones Tower (meal plan required).
- What kinds of activities are available on campus?
The large size of the University means there is always an interesting exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, a student club meeting (including a snow skiing club, volunteer groups, cultural clubs, and more), a festival or a football game. Visit OSU’s main website for more information about life at Ohio State. The OSU Office of International Affairs also has helpful information about opportunities in the area for you to explore.
Resources for International Students
The International Programs Office welcomes international students from all over the world to the Fisher College of Business. Students are encouraged to contact the IPO with any questions regarding their time at OSU and we urge them to use the resources found on this page to help enhance their experience on campus.