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International Students

Ohio University holds a world of opportunity for students seeking high quality graduate degrees. Please take a moment to see what we can offer you. Below you will find videos that will give you an insight into Ohio University and the international community in Athens, Ohio.

International Students speak about their OHIO experience

Academic Excellence 

Ohio University was founded in 1804 and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. News and World Report ranks us among the top 2% of public universities in the U.S. Ohio University programs have achieved numerous top-30 rankings and OHIO students, faculty and alumni have been awarded 23 Pulitzer Prizes. Research areas like our NanoBioTechnology Initiative, Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, and Structure of the Universe Project have yielded major discoveries with global significance.

Please click here to learn more about OHIO's 200+ Years of Academic Excellence, Nationally and internationally ranked graduate programs of study, notable alumni, and distinguished faculty.

Your ‘home away from home' 

Ohio University embraces students from more than 100 countries. International students are an essential part of OHIO's identity, and your presence and contributions will be valued in the classroom and on campus. You will also have unique opportunities to make life-long friendships with students and faculty from around the globe.  

The University provides various support services to assist you in achieving your educational goals and objectives. Numerous active international student organizations sponsor cultural events and activities for the campus and community, allowing you to share your culture and traditions.  

Ohio University is a special place—exceptional opportunities, academics, environment and people—the ideal place to pursue a graduate degree—the ideal place for you.

Take a Virtual Tour

Many roads lead to Athens.... Join "Zak" in welcoming International students bound to Ohio University at the Port Columbus Airport! the shuttle service provides transportation to and from the airport without having to pay for a taxi.

Hear from Graduate Students

International Student and 2013 Ohio University graduate, Sara Salman, reflects on her Ohio University experience and offers words of wisdom to other international students.

Richard Bachmann is an exchange student from Germany. He came to Ohio University through an exchange program with the University of Leipzig to study American history.


Flag_PRChina “In my opinion, OHIO is a perfect place to pursue study and research, but it is also a great place to enjoy life. What impresses me most is that I can freely choose from a large number of classes that interest me from majors other than mine. With guidance from the outstanding teachers at OHIO, I am always excited to see more and more opportunities ahead.”
“Adam” Chen Chen
Linguistics and Higher Education: College Student Personnel  
Flag_Swaziland “The people on campus, they are just so kind…you get up in the morning and you just want to go and interact with people— especially when you look at the international community. It’s like you expand your social network.”
Reuben Dlamini,
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Flag_Jordan “Since day one here I realized how great OHIO is. The professors are always available for assistance and they provide you with state-of-the-art education. Ohio University is a great environment for studying, gaining life experience in so many aspects, making new friends from all around the world and having fun too.
Rami Al-Ouran
Electrical Engineering

Flag_Indonesia “At OHIO, graduate students are provided with countless chances to improve their academic performance. I am always well updated with conferences, internships and presentations to nurture my intellectual growth. I really recommend OHIO for those who wish to pursue their further study.”
Rezia Usman

Flag_Japan “The global faces I see here—I lived with students from Oman, Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, America and the Republic of Georgia—have also allowed me to learn what is expected in the world and to recognize who and what I want to represent. Without the experiences here, I probably could not be ready for the many challenges that are waiting for me.
Aki Tanaka
African Studies




Ohio University offers a wide variety of master's and doctoral programs.  For more information see Degree Programs and Admission Requirements.

To help you decide if Ohio University is the right fit for you, information on expenses, English proficiency, housing, financial assistance and support services for International Students can be found in the left hand menu of this page.

If you have additional questions, you can reach us by emailing internationalgrad@ohio.edu.

International Student Union

International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)