Information for International Applicants


Knowledge of English

Most classroom instruction and day-to-day interaction at OSU takes place in English. Applicants who are not native speakers of English should therefore have strong abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English, as indicated by scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

For non-native speakers of English, a combined score of at least 550 (paper version), 220 (computer version) (preferably higher) on the TOEFL or a result of at least 80 on the MELAB.

TOEFL and/or MELAB scores are a required part of the graduate admissions application.


International students are eligible for the same kinds and levels of funding as U.S. citizens. All students who are admitted to the graduate program, regardless of whether they are from the U.S. or another country, are considered for funding.

All academically admitted international students will be required to undergo a financial review once they accept an offer of admission. For more information on the financial review, please contact Derek Peterson.

Visa Information

The OSU Office of International Affairs at Ohio State University is primarily responsible for helping international students apply for a student visa. Information on the Office of International Affairs website about visa requirements and procedures is available here.

The Office of International Affairs also helps international students to live in the U.S. and be successful at OSU. The staff of the OIA office are a great source of information about housing, expenses, and other important aspects of life in the United States.