How to Apply as an International Student
International Admission Criteria
OHIO is home to a welcoming and diverse community of students from all over the world, and admission to the university at all levels is selective. To be competitive, you must complete the secondary education in your home country with above-average grades. Please see the credentials page for your specific requirements.
GCSE or IGCSE Curricula
For students participating in the GCSE or IGCSE curricula, we generally expect to see at least 6 passes, graded C or higher. Students who are going on to complete GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS-levels) and/or Advanced Levels (A-levels) may be awarded transfer credit for successfully completed exams.
International Baccalaureate Curriculum
For students studying an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, we generally expect an average of 5 out of 7 on your college-preparatory curriculum. IB Higher Level examinations may also be eligible for transfer credit.
Criteria for More Selective Programs
Some of our programs have more selective criteria above and beyond general admission guidelines.
To apply for admission as a freshman or transfer student, the following items are required.
- Application form
- $70 international application processing fee
- Academic records from every institution you have attended, with a certified or attested translation if the original document is not in English. Unofficial academic records may be submitted to receive an admissions decision. Official academic records must be provided before the first day of classes. We cannot accept scanned or faxed copies as official records. Official documents must be provided on arrival to campus or sent in envelopes sealed and stamped by one of the following:
- Your school or university
- Ministry of Education of your home country
- EducationUSA or related binational organization
- Evidence of sufficient funding to support your educational and living expenses for a 9-month period. Learn more about the necessary amount on our Costs & Aid page. Your financial documentation must include:
- A letter from your sponsor confirming the amount of funding that will be provided and stating your relationship to the sponsor (a PDF sample sponsor form is available but not required) and a letter or statement from your sponsor's bank confirming that the funding is available in an accessible account. The name on the bank document must match the sponsor letter and must be written in English.
- If you will receive a government or other external scholarship, please provide proof of nomination of the award with your application packet.
- Statement of activities. If there has been a period of three months or longer during which you have not been enrolled in a degree program, please complete the "Activities" section of the application.
- Official proof of English proficiency, if available. TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exams should be taken within the last 12 months.
Official academic records must be submitted by mail, as outlined above, to:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701 - USA
If you choose to submit standardized test scores, they must be submitted directly from the testing agency: SAT (school code 1593) or ACT (school code 3314). Ohio University considers the Evidenced-based Reading and Writing scores from the SAT. Learn more about the test-optional pathway for freshman applicants to the Athens campus.
You can send optional materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or lists of extra-curricular interests and activities can be sent to the above address, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Proficiency Exams
All students must demonstrate English proficiency to be admitted to academic study. International students can demonstrate proficiency through one of the following:
- Provide a recent TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. See minimum requirements below. IELTS reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL results should be sent electronically directly from the testing agency (school code 1593). Duolingo results can be shared online with Ohio University once your test has been certified.
English Proficiency Requirements
TOEFL Paper: 520 (composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT): 68 (writing subscore of 17)
IELTS: 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
Complete 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.
Submit an ACT composite score of 21 with 21 ACT English and 21 ACT Reading subscores.
Submit a 1060 SAT Total with 540 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subscore.
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.
Ohio Program of Intensive English
Students who do not submit evidence of meeting Ohio University's English proficiency requirements will be admitted to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. Upon reaching the required level of English proficiency for your college, students may apply to begin academic study. (Note: If you are applying for admission to an Ohio University academic program, do not apply separately to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. You will be tested when you arrive on campus and automatically placed in the appropriate level based on your test score.)
Ready to take the next step? Ohio University is a member of The Common Application. Applicants are encouraged to apply using the Common App, which opens annually in August. For international applicants who do not want to use the Common App, please visit our alternative online application.