Denison University sponsors a non-residential Host Family Program that brings together international students with local families. Host families help new international students adjust to their new cultural surroundings. They also provide entrée into the local community and off campus life. In turn, local families are able to expand their own horizons through friendship with a student from another country. Many relationships between host families and international students last long after the student has graduated from Denison.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) provides an opportunity for F-1 visa holders to gain up to one year of experience in their field of study during their annual summer vacation, while school is in session (if training does not exceed 20 hours per week), and/or after graduation. Most students choose to save OPT until after graduation. A job offer is not required to apply for OPT. Students may apply before graduation or within the sixty (60) day grace period following graduation.
The purpose of the Pre-O program is to ease their transition to living and studying in the United States. More importantly, students who participate in this program have the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests and experiences.