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Admitted - International

Visa & Travel Resources

Activate Email Address

  1. Go to https://midas.odu.edu/.
  2. Click Create MIDAS Account
  3. Proceed as instructed using your University Identification Number (UIN) for your Student ID. This process will also activate your student email.
  4. Once your email is activated, visit https://mail.google.com/a/odu.edu.
  5. You can access your student email through the myODU portal.

Connect to Campus

Arrival Assistance Request New International Student Orientation
  • 2109 Webb University Center
  • 757-683-4406 (office)
  • 757-683-5360 (fax)


  • 1208 Virginia House
  • 4603 Elkhorn Ave.
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4283 (office)
  • 757-683-4863 (fax)
  • housing@odu.edu

If planning to live ON campus...

Learn more about the various housing options, agreements, terms & conditions. Reminder: Students must activate their ODU Email/MIDAS account before proceeding with the online Housing & Dining Application.

Apply early, as on-campus housing is in high demand.

If planning to live OFF campus...

The majority of international students choose to live off-campus, and there are many options available, however, it will take effort on your part to choose suitable accommodations. It is highly advised to not enter into any contractual agreement until you have arrived in Norfolk.

Required Health/Immunization Records

  • 1007 Webb University Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3132 (office)
  • 757-683-5930 (fax)

Student Health Services requires proof of several immunizations. It is less expensive to take care of this requirement before you leave your home country.

Undergraduate Students

  • 1012 Student Success Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3428 (office)
  • 757-683-5858 (fax)
  • preview@odu.edu

  • Register for Preview, ODU's on-campus orientation program. The events include educational planning, course selection and registration, student and parent interaction, and an overview of resources and campus life.
  • A Writing Sample Placement Test (WSPT) is required of all students, and results are required before your scheduled Preview date.
  • The COMPASS math placement test is not required, though may advance your mathematics placement level.

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with their academic department well in advance of campus arrival.
  • The New Graduate Student Orientation provides an overview of university services, polices and procedures as they relate to graduate students. This program is separate from department level orientation programs. Pre-registration is recommended.
  • Recipients of ODU graduate assistantships requiring classroom instruction must attend the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Institute (GTAI). Additionally, non-native English speakers must take the SPEAK test. Your department sponsor/mentor will advise if the GTAI and SPEAK test registration is required.

TOEFL Examination

  • 1108 Dragas Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4424 (office)
  • 757-683-4640 (fax)
  • elc@odu.edu

  • University Admission, with the condition of full-time English language instruction, requires campus check-in directly with the English Language Center (ELC) in 1108 Dragas Hall.
  • A TOEFL examination is administered on-site the week prior to the beginning of classes, and all students with an English proficiency provision are encouraged to take the institutional TOEFL.
  • Pre-register in person at the English Language Center.

Campus Check-In

  • 2006 Dragas Hall
  • 757-683-4756 (office)
  • 757-683-5196 (fax)
  • intlstu@odu.edu

Your first stop on campus is 2006 Dragas Hall, located at the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 49th street. All new and returning international students beginning a new program of study must check-in and present their visa and immigration paperwork. Course registration can proceed only after you check-in, register for a Required Info Session (F-1 & J-1 status only), and attend Preview (undergraduate) or meet with your academic advisor (graduate).

Be prepared to present the following information or documentation:

  • Current U.S. address (even if temporary)
  • Passport/I-94 entry record
  • All visa documentation (I-20/DS-2019/proof of status)
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt (F-1/J-1 visas only)
  • ODU award letter or sponsorship/financial guarantee requiring third party direct billing
  • Any outstanding academic documents (original transcripts, diplomas or test scores)