FAQ for Students during COVID-19

Status of Internships and Post Graduate Job Acceptances

Still Seeking Internships and Post Graduate Job Opportunities

International Student Questions

  • Will I still qualify for CPT if I take course credits which are less than the minimum to qualify as a full-time student, or opt to take some courses as Pass/No-Pass?

    We highly recommend that you work closely with the OSU Office of International Affairs to determine  your CPT eligibility.

  • Has the H1B lottery been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    The United States Citizen and Immigration Services recently announced H-1B petitioners should expect a delay.  Check this website for the current status: 

  • Are international students eligible for virtual internships?

    We highly recommend that you work closely with the OSU Office of International Affairs to determine your ability to pursue and secure CPT for temporary virtual gigs and/or virtual micro-internships. The nature of virtual gigs/micro-internships will likely add difficulty in receiving approval for CPT. We suggest international candidates carefully consider (1) The work must be directly related to your degree; and (2) the work must be integral to the curriculum as you’ll need to be prepared to provide justifications for each to support your CPT approval process

  • If I leave the U.S. for an opportunity, will there be difficulty returning to OSU should classes return to being offered live on campus?

    As you all know, we are in uncharted territory regarding international mobility. It is impossible to predict if and when further restrictions will be put in place by the U.S. Administration for travelers from high risk countries.

    You need to check the travel and visa restrictions that may be in place at the time you are planning to travel as the situation is changing daily. If you are currently outside the U.S. or plan to travel outside the U.S., we recommend that you continue to monitor travel updates by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). As of March 18, 2020 routine U.S. visa issuance has been suspended worldwide and daily restrictions on travel are being implemented.

  • Do International students have access to emergency funds during this crisis?

    International students facing financial distress during the current crisis can apply for assistance through OIA by completing the following International Student Grant application Eligible students do not need to be within one term of graduation to receive funds in emergency cases. 

  • What are my options after graduation?
    1. Apply for OPT: F-1 Students are authorized to receive up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation. This is intended to provide students with practical  experience in their field of study. Students may apply up to 90 days before their anticipated program end date and up to 60 days after their program end date. For most students, the program end date is defined as Ohio State’s official commencement date. Please visit the OIA website for additional information or register for a virtual advising appointment at 

      If applying for OPT:

      Apply for Jobs: Continue to monitor Handshake and individual company job boards for internships and full-time career opportunities. Continue to expand your professional network, strengthen your resume, job search correspondence and digital presence on LinkedIn. 

      Helpful Resources: 

      Companies Still Hiring During COVID-19

      How to Job Hunt During the Coronavirus Pandemic 
    2. Apply for Grad School: The Fisher College of Business offers several graduate degree options including the Master of Accounting (MAcc), Specialized Master in Finance (SMF), Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), Specialized Master in Business Analytics (SMBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Please note: Application deadlines for these programs are rapidly approaching. International students should submit their application no later than May 1 and complete their application no later than May 15 in order to receive an application review for this autumn semester.  For additional information on Fisher’s graduate degree programs please contact  614-292-8511 

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