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Admissions - International Applicants

Admission requirements for international applicants are the same as domestic applicants. 

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores more than two years old when we receive your application will not be accepted. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based or 79 on internet based. 

Once admitted, international students must complete Ohio State's ESL Composition Placement Test to demonstrate proficiency in academic English. Based on results of the ESL Composition Placement Test, students may have to take additional coursework in English as a Second Langauge. Students with a TOEFL (iBT) score of 114 or higher or 101 or higher and a 28 on the writing section will be exempt from the ESL Composition Placement Test.

Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States, and Wales.

More information is available here: http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/home/testing/graduate-international-students/