International Students

The Office of International Student Services issues and reviews F-1 visa documents and assists students with matters related to their visa status, social security numbers, taxation, and employment in the United States.  The office also oversees the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and provides counseling and support on issues of cultural and academic adjustment and other matters.

The office offers special programming and educational events for international students, including a pre-orientation program for new international students.

Oberlin's international student community makes up approximately 7.5% of our student body and includes foreign nationals, dual U.S. and foreign citizens, foreign nationals with permanent residency in the US, and U.S. citizens living aboad.

Upcoming Events

October 2, 2014, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wilder 101: Employment Information for F-1 Students

Do you know what CPT and OPT are?
Did you know that you must complete one full year of study (2 full-time semesters at Oberlin) before your are eligible to apply for CPT or OPT?
Did you know that your must declare your major before you are eligible to apply for CPT or OPT?
Did you know that your proposed CPT or OPT employment must be directly connected to your declared major?
Did you know that you may be considered "employed" even if you are not being paid?
Did you know that in March of 2014 the U.S. Government Accountability Office audited DHS' oversight of employment authorization for foreign students and that SEVP has been reviewing and amending its processes in light of concerns raised by this audit? 
Do you know what resources are available through the Career Center to help you look for jobs and internships?
Learn more at this information session!
October 6, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m., The International House: Monthly Mondays
Join Deans Deppman and Fernandez for an informal get together; snacks (homemade cookies!) will be provided.  Stop by to stay hi, stay and chat, ask general questions or just to grab a cookie and go! :) All international students are welcome, regardless of whether they are studying on an F-1 visa.