For information about studying and living in the United States

  1. Contact the U.S. Education Advising Office in your country
  2. Visit the following websites: and
  3. Ohio State’s Office of International Affairs

For specific information about international education credentials or applying as a Chinese student

Please visit the detailed application Instructions provided by the Graduate Admissions Office. You will find useful information for international students and applicants from China on page 3 and 4.

English Proficiency Requirements

Success at Ohio State depends upon the student’s ability to converse in, write, and understand English. To assure such competence, the university requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit official TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores. To be considered official, the scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Ohio State. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a 4-year bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the IELTS, TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.


The Glenn College’s recommended minimum TOEFL score requirement is 100 on the IBT TOEFL, or similar minimal score on other English proficiency exams. This is higher than the general requirement for other Ohio State graduate programs, but is required to study at the Glenn College.

For information about TOEFL, contact:

Phone: 609-771-7100

The institution code for Ohio State is #1592.

Financial Requirements for Student Visa

International applicants who are determined to be academically admissible will be reviewed for sufficient financial resources. Those who are fully funded by the university will not be required to submit any financial documents but must submit a copy of their passport for themselves and any dependents they intend to bring. Those who are not fully funded by the university will be required to provide the Affidavit of Support and confidential bank statement. If you are bringing dependents, you need to inform us as soon as possible and send proof of support for them as well. The Affidavit of Support form will be sent to you during the application process. Financial documents are not required until admission has been awarded. After admission, as a non-immigrant student you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 for the F-1 visa or DS-2019 for the J-1 visa) issued by Ohio State based upon documented evidence. Please keep copies of all financial documents to present to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your visa. Estimated

Expenses for international applicants

Tuition, fees, insurance, and all other expenses are in effect beginning autumn through summer, but are subject to change. For estimated graduate student costs, please visit It is recommended that all students have $3,000 contingency funds available to cover any unexpected increases in expenses.

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