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English Proficiency Requirements

English proficiency exams are not required for undergraduate admission. All international students are required to take an English proficiency test when they arrive on campus unless they meet one of the exceptions below. 

Students who do not meet the English proficiency requirements of their program of study will be conditionally admitted and, based on the on-campus test score , will be placed in the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) for further English language preparation.

How long will I study English?

Students may waive this requirement if they fulfill one of the following conditions. Please request official exam reports or transcripts a month before your arrival at Ohio University. The conditions listed below are for initial admission purposes only. Students who are placed into OPIE will be subject to university requirements for academic study.

  • Have sufficient TOEFL or IELTS results to begin directly in academic study.
TOEFL/IELTS requirements for full-time academic study


Internet (IBT)


College of Business

no sub-score below 5 2 a nd composition score of 5*

no sub-score below 17

no sub-score below 6.0

All other colleges

with composition score of 5*

with writing sub-score of 17

no sub-score below 6.0

*Students achieving a PBT TOEFL score of 525 with a composition score less than 5, or an IBT score of 71 with a composition score less than 17, will need to successfully complete the OPIE D805A composition class.

TOEFL or IELTS exams must have been taken in the last 12 months, and results must be sent directly to Ohio University from the testing agency. Ohio University's TOEFL institution code is 1593; IELTS results must be sent by paper. To be used for placement, TOEFL and IELTS scores must be on the student's university record by the end of the first week of the semester of entry.

  • Have recently completed at least three years in a high school in an English-speaking system, including three years of high school English (not ESL) courses with a grade of B or better


  • Submitted an ACT composite score of 21 and English score of 21


  • Submitted an SAT composite score of 990 (Math and Critical Reading sections only) with a score of 540 in Critical Reading


  • Have completed the equivalent of Ohio University's English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I (Freshman Composition) with a grade of C or better. Course equivalency will be determined during the application process.


Duration of English Study

Ohio University cannot promise how long it will take students to reach the level of English proficiency needed to begin academic classes. This chart is an estimate based on the assumption that students are attending classes regularly, completing in-class and out-of-class assignments, and progressing through courses.

Students who do not meet the requirements to begin full-time academic study must take an institutional TOEFL exam when they arrive. Level and class placement will be based on the results of this institutional exam.

Once students have reached a certain level of English, they may be allowed to take one or two academic classes while they continue to study English.