Dear Fulbright Scholars:
The following information will help you prepare for your stay in Athens.
Weather: The summer months of July and August are generally hot and humid in Ohio. You should also consider packing clothes appropriate for the year-round weather of your university’s location. Rain is common in Athens, so we recommend bringing an umbrella or rain jacket.
Scheduling: After your arrival, orientation activities will begin at 9 AM on Monday, July 25. You will be given a detailed orientation schedule upon arrival. During your orientation at Ohio University, you will register for several course components. While some courses are required for you to attend, you may choose your elective courses.
In accordance with the provisions of the contract signed between OPIE and your sponsor, your schedule of activities on campus during your three-week stay will include:
- a language refinement course;
- group projects;
- research skill development and technology workshops;
- orientation sessions about American life, culture, and graduate (post-graduate) university life;
- informative workshops and lectures prepared by experts in their fields;
- practical sessions on opening bank accounts, renting apartments, and healthcare facilities;
- a panel of current and past Fulbrighters who will talk about their experiences and provide tips and ideas for settling in comfortably;
- a panel of faculty members and graduate students focusing on the challenges of graduate life in an American university; and
- opportunities to interact with Americans in a number of social activities, including those related to innovative service learning requirements.
Your daily program will start after breakfast with a session at 9:00 a.m. and run through till 5:00 p.m., with breaks for lunch and a bit of relaxation. There will also be optional evening sports and recreational activities including tennis and swimming.
There will be field trips to see an entertaining outdoor drama, Tecumseh, a boat-ride on the Ohio River, a festival in the historic city of Marietta, and a visit to Amish country with a geography professor from Ohio University. You will also participate in a weekend homestay in Cleveland, Ohio.
Living on campus: During your stay at Ohio University, you will be living in an on-campus dormitory. All Fulbright grantees will be living on the same floor, which will be divided into a male wing and a female wing. You will be housed in double or triple occupancy rooms, with several rooms sharing a common bathroom.
Upon arrival, you will pick up your Ohio University ID cards, which will allow you access to the Campus Care (health) Center, the Ping Recreational Center, Alden Library and so on. The ID cards will also serve as your meal cards. The rooms are equipped with Ethernet and Internet service, but computers are not provided. Alden Library and many buildings on campus are equipped with computers. Please be aware that health insurance will only be covered when you arrive on campus during the program dates- July 23-August 13- so if you arrive earlier than July 23 or leave later than August 13, you will not be covered by the program health insurance.
Campus Map: http://www.ohio.edu/athens/campus.pdf
Please Send Mail To:
Ohio Program of Intensive English
Gordy Hall 155 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701 USA
Money Considerations: You will receive one check to cash during your orientation. Budget wisely! Credit cards should work, though you might have to pay a fee each time you use it.
It is a good idea to bring US dollars (in cash) to cover the cost of food at the airport(s) and other miscellaneous expenses (coffee, small souvenirs, pay phone calls, etc.). Things to Bring:
- Any prescription medication not available in the United States
- Alarm clock
- Do not bring towels and bedding (residence hall will provide)
We do plan to take you to a shopping center soon after you arrive. A CVS pharmacy/drug store, stocked with personal care products (e.g., shampoo, toothpaste), is within walking distance from your residence hall.
Decorum on campus: Please be aware that during hot, humid weather, many college students sunbathe in swimwear, so please do not be offended. If you are, however, from a country where American clothing is modest in comparison to your own, it is necessary to know that taking off too much clothing (i.e., sun-bathing topless) is generally considered highly inappropriate and may draw unwanted attention.
The minimum drinking age for alcohol in Ohio is 21. In accordance with Ohio laws, you may not carry open alcoholic containers on the street. Smoking of any sort is absolutely forbidden anywhere inside dormitories or other university buildings. As per Ohio University’s new smoking policy, tobacco is now also prohibited in all outdoor areas of campus, including sidewalks, green areas, and the exterior of campus buildings.
Airport Pickup: You will be met at Port Columbus International Airport by a representative of this program and driven to Athens, Ohio, REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF YOUR ARRIVAL. You will be met at the Group Welcome Center, located by the baggage claim area on the lower level of the airport. Representatives will be carrying Ohio University Fulbright signs to identify themselves.
Because the drive from the Columbus International Airport to Athens is about 1.5 hours, we must fill up large buses to transport you to Athens. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to wait a few hours while others in your program arrive, and, if unavoidable, you may be required to spend the night at the airport hotel until others arrive the following morning.
Because flights are subject to change, please write down or print the following phone numbers and emails in order to notify someone if you are delayed:
Sally Hatfield, Fulbright Program Director 616-302-0020 [cell], firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Young and Rena Peters, OPIE main office (open M-F, 8-5 p.m.) (740) 593-4564, email@example.com
If you arrive at the Group Welcome Center and do not find a Fulbright representative within 15-20 minutes, please try to contact one of these Fulbright Program contacts above.
I wish you all a safe, happy, and educational journey!
Director, Fulbright 2016 Pre-academic Orientation Program
“This activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit fulbright.state.gov.”
“This activity is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).”