Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions for international transfer students if you are a secondary school graduate who has attended another university since graduating from high school, and you are not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee or political asylee.

Deadlines

Spring 2017

Autumn 2017

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Oct. 1, 2016

March 1, 2017

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

Your academic record may be reviewed for enrollment to your intended major. Some colleges and schools at Ohio State require a minimum GPA, prerequisite course work and/or an audition or portfolio. Before you apply, look up the enrollment criteria for your intended major.

Interested in a professional program? If you already meet certain prerequisites, you may be able to apply directly to one of these programs. Learn more about undergraduate professional programs.

  • Dental Hygiene (BS)

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (BS)

    • Athletic Training

    • Health Information Management and Systems

    • Health Sciences

    • Medical Dietetics

    • Medical Laboratory Science

    • Radiological Sciences and Therapy

    • Respiratory Therapy

  • Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare (BS)

  • Nursing (BSN and RN-BSN)

  • Public Health (BS)

Apply here: Admission application for transfer students

Application prep

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

Your planned major

To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read What to major in when you're not sure. For visa application purposes, international applicants are required to select a major that will lead to a degree on the admission application and are not eligible to select an undecided major or a major that is offered by University Exploration.

Personal statement

Completing the personal statement is required for students whose academic records include interruptions in education. It is optional for others. Find the personal statement section under the “Program data” tab on the application.

Pre-professional programs

Ohio State offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.

Application fee

Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $70 application fee.

These items plus your online admission application make up a complete application. Your academic record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for admission to the university.

Official transcripts

University transcripts

Request that all universities you’ve attended send your official transcript to Ohio State, along with any diplomas, certifications or diploma statements awarded. Include a transcript of any college course work taken in high school. You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.

How to send your transcripts to Ohio State:

  • If you attended a university in the United States, request that the school send your transcript to Ohio State electronically. If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646, or to our express mail address.

  • If you attended a university outside of the United States, please have your transcript mailed to our express mail address.

  • Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official. Emailed or faxed transcripts will not be accepted.

Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.

If you have taken university courses in China, you MUST arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. Any transcript not mailed by the CDGDC will not be considered.

Additional requirements if you have earned fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours

High school transcripts

If you have fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours at the time of application, your high school / secondary school transcript is required. Request that your high school send your official transcript to Ohio State, electronically if possible. Emailed or faxed transcripts will not be accepted.

Official ACT or SAT scores

If you have fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours at the time of application, you must submit an official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency.

  • Scores are not required from applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment.

What about the new SAT? You may have heard about a new SAT exam. If you're applying for autumn 2017, summer 2017 or spring 2018 term, Ohio State will accept scores from either the current or new SAT. The essay is not required for either version.

Official proof of English language skills

Unless you are exempt, you must request that your testing agency send official scores electronically to Ohio State demonstrating the English proficiency level outlined below. You are exempt from this requirement if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.

  • TOEFL: 79 or higher on Internet-based test, 550 or higher on paper-based test

  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section

  • New SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test

Ohio State has an intensive English program for students who wish to improve their language skills called the American Language Program. A separate application is required for this program.

Proof of financial support

To show that you can meet the financial responsibilities and to receive the appropriate visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019), international students who are admitted to Ohio State will be asked to submit Ohio State’s Affidavit of Financial Support form for each supporter (yourself or your family) or agency sponsor, in addition to required support documents. See After you are admitted for more information.

Course credit will transfer to Ohio State if the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution, the course was non-remedial, and you received a C- or better. In a few cases, a D or D+ may transfer; download Transfer Credit Policy and see page 7 for information.

In many cases, credit for equivalent courses is received when transfer credit is awarded. Visit transferology.com for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.

Ohio State offers credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and DSST Exams. Visit go.osu.edu/creditbyexam for more information.

Military transfer credit will be accepted according to the American Council on Education’s recommendation, as listed on the Joint Services Transcript. Individual colleges determine how this credit is applied. Get admissions information for veterans.