International Path: Welcome

You have potential as a scholar and leader. Your admission to Ohio University is a strong indication of that potential. It also represents an important invitation for you to join a tradition more than 200 years strong—a tradition that is defined by excellence and opportunity.

Follow the steps below to accept our invitation to become your best self at Ohio University. The steps below are presented in the order we think will be most helpful to you, and the information in this section is designed specifically for international students.

Your Path to OHIO calendar on the right side of each page can keep you on track, no matter when you are entering OHIO. It is important that you pay close attention to the calendar, milestone dates, and deadlines for each section as you make your college decision and navigate the process of making Ohio University your college home.

We hope that you will choose Ohio University, and we look forward to seeing how you will make a difference in the OHIO tradition.

Hear from OHIO undergraduates from around the globe as they share their love for Ohio University!

Transfer Credit

Students can receive credit for courses taken at institutions recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. We do not award credit for courses under either of the following conditions:

  • English language courses taken in non-English speaking countries
  • Courses which have a grade lower than C- or the equivalent or graded on a Pass/Fail basis
You will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation for each college or university transcript we receive. This lists the number of credit hours awarded for each transferable course, but does not list how the courses will be applied to your major.

Your college will decide whether a course you have taken is similar to an Ohio University course. Please send or bring certified English translations of your course descriptions to help the college award credit accurately. Transfer credit can be either course credit or elective credit.
  • Course credit: If a previous course is similar to a Ohio University courses, you may receive transfer credit that fulfills the same requirements as that specific course.
  • Elective credit: If Ohio University does not offer a course similar to a course you have taken, you will receive elective credit. This credit will not count toward course requirements, but it will count toward the total number of hours needed for graduation.
Although you may have completed two or more years of coursework at a previous institution, it is likely you will have more than two years of coursework to complete degree requirements. After your transfer credit has been evaluated, ask your academic advisor about any credits you need to complete before graduation.

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Important Dates

Make travel arrangements to arrive no later than the date on your I-20  

January

Arrange airport transportation  

January

Discuss tuition payment methods with your parents  

January

Submit the housing contract or commuter exemption form  

Beginning January 5

Choose a dining plan  

Beginning January 5

Pay $200 housing deposit  

Beginning January 5

Select a roommate, if desired  

Beginning March 15

Check My OHIO portal for room selection dates  

Beginning May 1

Review the 2015-2016 academic calendar  

July

Review the Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016  

July

Review the Student Code of Conduct  

July

Request final transcript(s) be sent  

July

Enrollment for monthly payment plan available  

July

Reserve temporary interim housing  

July 15

View online arrival guide for students  

August

Arrive on campus  

By August 17

Check in to temporary housing  

By August 17

Start International Student Orientation Week activities  

August 17

Attend International Student Orientation  

August 19

Attend Bobcat Student Orientation and register for classes (depending on TOEFL results)  

August 21

Upon registration, pay bill for housing, tuition, and health insurance  

August 21

Start fall semester classes  

August 24

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