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English Proficiency and Provisional Admission for Graduate Students

The Ohio Program of Intensive English provides varying levels of instruction and support to graduate students at Ohio University. 

  • Non-native speakers of English who do not have sufficient test scores may apply for English Provisional admission. English Provisional admission is a combination of admission to the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) and future admission to a graduate degree-seeking program.

Graduate students apply directly to the program they are interested in, and minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores apply for admission. 

How to Apply to Graduate Programs at Ohio University

Non-native speakers of English must submit official results of one of two standardized tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as part of the application packet. 

Note: Graduate students can only meet their English Proficiency requirements to begin academic studies on the basis of test scores; OPIE grades may not be used for this purpose. TOEFL ITP with Composition Test, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS test scores are all accepted. To complete your language proficiency requirements and to be unconditionally admitted as a graduate student, you must meet the requirements of your academic department.

How to Apply as English Provisional

If you are admitted as English Provisional, you will enroll in English language courses through the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) upon your arrival at Ohio University. You will have up to two years to achieve an English proficiency score of at least 525 TOEFL (or as specified by the graduate degree program). Students admitted under English Provisional status are not eligible to register for graduate courses or apply for any type of graduate appointment (such as a tuition waiver and/or stipend) until full admission status has been achieved.

To apply for English Provisional admission: Indicate English Provisional Admission on your application in the Testing section, and submit all application materials except the TOEFL as outlined in the application instructions.

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