Resources for Sponsoring an International Visitor

The College of Forestry believes in encouraging international partnerships between researchers and students. Below you will find helpful information for building those partnerships that will lead to lifelong career connections.


Refer to the PDF embedded below for a framework of the process. If you have questions or special circumstances, contact Rachael Fahrenbach to learn about getting started and to establish the parameters of the visit. CoF International Programs and your department will gather the information we need so that we can provide the correct immigration documentation and help you make arrangements for your guest.  Working together, and with OSU's Office of International Services (OIS) we can provide a seamless preparation and arrival experience for all international visitors to the college. 


International Scholars can be: a post-doc researcher, a professor or researcher on sabbatical at OSU, a scientific collaborator, a guest lecturer, or a professor or researcher at OSU for a fixed amount of time.  They can also be a current student at another university, provided the activity they are conducting at OSU is NOT part of a degree program requirement at their home institution.

International Interns are: current students at overseas institutions who are coming to CoF to conduct research as part of a course of study.  Learn more about specific requirements for J-1 interns.


If your visitor will be staying for two weeks or less to consult with business associates, negotiate a contract, or attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference, they will require a B-1 visitor visa. If you are unsure what type of visa your visitor will need, please consult the Business Visitor Visa Purpose Table (PDF). Learn more about applying for a B-1 visa


As a host, it is your role to be sure that these visitors have positive, rewarding experiences which meet their expectations and contribute to the scholarship and international engagement of the College. CoF International Programs is your partner in this. For valuable information about inviting, hosting, sponsoring, or hiring an international scholar or student intern, visit the OIS Resources page.



Please note: As of 2023, due to significant delays at embassies worldwide, we currently recommend initiating the sponsorship process 4-6 months before the anticipated arrival date.