FAQs for admitted students
I've been admitted for autumn semester. Can Ohio State still issue my I-20 documents?
Yes, we continue to issue these documents. Once we have received sufficient financial documentation and a copy of your valid passport picture page and you have paid your acceptance fee, Ohio State will instruct you to download your I-20 (for the F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (for the J-1 visa). View more information about these requirements.
If I have been admitted for autumn 2020 and I cannot get a visa in time to arrive on campus, can I be considered for a future semester?
We understand the impact of availability of visa appointments. We will be happy to work with you on the options that work best for you. Reach out to our international admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs for students applying for 2021
Are ACT or SAT scores required?
International applicants applying for 2021 are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score.
Read our Testing FAQ.
Is English language proficiency required?
Yes, we require evidence of English language proficiency, unless you have completed three full years of school at a U.S. regionally accredited high school or if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.
What options are available for applicants to demonstrate English proficiency?
Undergraduate Admissions currently accepts any of the following as proof of English language proficiency:
TOEFL (internet-based test or internet-based test Home Edition*): 79 or higher
IELTS or IELTS Indicator*: 6.5 or higher
ACT: 21 or higher on the English section
SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test
Duolingo*: 105 or higher
You are exempt from this requirement if you have completed three full years of school at a U.S. regionally accredited high school or if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.
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. Ohio State does not offer conditional admission to students who enroll in the American Language Program.
*To accommodate applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University will accept Duolingo, the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL internet-based test Home Edition from any international student applying for spring 2021 or autumn 2021 admission. All Duolingo test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival to campus. TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless they qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption.