Ohio University

Dictionary of Terms

The following terms are explained below to help you in the application process:

“A”Level Certificate: Advanced level certificate, or any other high school certificate or documents, noting any other qualifications pursued prior to starting your Bachelor’s degree.

Attested Copy: A copy of your official document that has been certified by the Registrar of the issuing university.

Bank Statement/Letter: Issued by the bank, indicating the type of account and amount available in U.S. dollars.  If not in English, also provide a certified English translation. Acceptable examples of bank accounts and documents are indicated in the Financial Support Form instructions.  

Certificate of Enrollment: Issued by the university (in English) noting name of the degree being pursued and potential date of graduation.

Certificate of Graduation (China) 毕业证书: Issued by the university showing the day, month, and year of graduation. 

Certified Document: A credential (transcript or diploma) that has been confirmed as an original or an attested copy by the Registrar of the issuing university.

Consolidated Mark Sheets (India): Not accepted. They do not show all attempts and/or grades.

Degree Certificate – refer to Diploma/Degree Certificate.

Degree Certificate (China) 学士 学位证书: Issued by the degree-granting university showing the day, month, and year of conferral.

Diploma/Degree Certificate: Issued by the degree-granting university showing the day, month, and year of conferral.

Diploma Supplement: Received by graduates in countries taking part in the Bologna Process.  Document accompanying a higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content, and status of the studies completed by its holder.

Due Upon Arrival Official Original Language Diploma/Degree Certificate: An official diploma/degree certificate in the original language is required to complete your admission file. Documents certified by the Registrar/Records office of the degree granting university are considered official.  Bring your original documents to the Graduate College upon your arrival.  Graduate College staff will make a copy and the original will be returned to you.

Due Upon Arrival Official English Language Diploma/Degree Certificate – an official English translation of your diploma/degree certificate is required to complete your admission file.  Documents certified by the Registrar/Records office of the degree granting university are considered official.  Bring your original documents to the Graduate College upon your arrival. The Graduate College staff will make a copy of your documents and the originals will be returned to you.

Due Upon Arrival Official Original Language Transcripts: An official transcript in the original language is required to complete your admission file.  Documents certified by the Registrar/Records office of the degree-grating university are considered official.  Bring your official transcript to the Graduate College upon your arrival. The Graduate College staff will make a copy and the original will be returned to you. 

Due Upon Arrival Official English Language Transcripts: An official English translation of your transcript is required to complete your admission file.  Documents certified by the Registrar/Records office of the degree granting university are considered official.  Bring your official transcript to the Graduate College upon your arrival. The Graduate College staff will make a copy and the original will be returned to you.  

Final Degree Certificate: Issued by the degree-granting university showing the day, month, and year of the degree conferral.

Financial Support FormRequired from all admitted international students who require issuance of an Ohio University I-20.  Even students being fully funded by a departmental assistantship must complete this form.  

Individual Mark Sheets: Issued by the degree-granting university at the end of each semester or annual examination. Individual mark sheets show ALL attempts, grades, and grade scale.  Consolidated Mark Sheets showing combined semesters and/or years from India are not accepted. 

NACES: An association of independent, nongovernmental organizations providing credential evaluation services to individuals who have completed part or all of their education outside the United States. 

Organization Website
A2Z Evaluations http://www.a2zeval.com/
Academic Evaluation Services http://aes-edu.org/
Center for applied Research, Evaluations, & Education (IESCAREE) http://www.iescaree.com/
e-ValReports http://www.e-valreports.com/
Education Crednetial Evaluators  
Educational Perspectives https://www.edperspective.org/
Educational Records Evaluation Service http://www.eres.com/
Evaluation Service, Inc. http://www.evaluationservice.net/
Foreign Academic Credential Service, Inc. https://facsusa.com/
Foundation for International Services https://www.fis-web.com/
Global Credential Evaluators http://gceus.com/
Global Services Associates http://www.globaleval.org
International Academic Credential Evaluators http://www.iacei.net/
International Consultants of Delaware http://www.icdeval.com/
International Education Research Foundation http://ierf.org/
Josef Silny http://www.jsilny.com/
Span Tran http://www.spantran.com/
Transcript Research http://transcriptresearch.com/
WES http://www.wes.org/


SEVIS Transfer-In RequestStudents admitted to Ohio University who are currently attending another institution in the U.S. on an F-1 visa must complete this form. The current international student advisor must complete page two of the form and include your SEVIS release date.  Copies of your current I-20, I-94, Visa, and Passport are also required.

Provisional Degree Certificate: Temporary degree certificate issued by the degree-granting university until the final degree certificate can be issued. Sometimes, this document is issued before the graduation ceremony. If the student did not attend the graduation ceremony, then it is possible for the provisional degree certificate to function as the degree certificate.
 

Statement of Academic Goals: Review the application requirements on the program’s web page for details about format and/or length.  If you have questions, please contact the academic program directly. 

Transcript: Official document issued by the university showing terms of enrollment, courses, grades, and grade scale.

Transcript (China) 成绩单: Official document issued by the university showing terms of enrollment, courses, grades, and grade scale.