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Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2020-2021

Autumn Semester 2020 Only

Spring Semester 2021 Only

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Deadline: June 1, 2020






2020-2021 Academic Term Dates:

Autumn Semester: August 25, 2020 - December 20, 2020
Spring Semester: January 11, 2021 - May 9, 2021

All of the required application materials must be received by the Office of International Affairs by the application deadline noted above. An application is only considered complete if all of the following documents are included:

  • Completed International Exchange Program Application
    • Apply Here (undergraduates only)
    • The application will be available from January 1 – February 15, 2020 for Autumn Semester and full year applications.

Please upload the following documents to your online application:

  • Photocopies of passport 
    • Copies of the page(s) in the applicant's passport that contains biographical information and passport expiration. Please also include copies for any dependents (spouse and/or children) who would accompany the student to The Ohio State University, if applicable.
  • University transcripts
    • Students must provide official academic records (transcripts) of all previous academic course work when applying for admission. All documents must be certified by a school administrator or an American Embassy or Consular Official. A literal English translation certified by an appropriate school official, official translator, or U.S. embassy or consulate official must be attached to documents not originally issued in English.
    • For all university coursework up to the time of application, students must have achieved a minimum GPA of at least the equivalent of a 3.0 (B average) in the U.S. grading system.
    • To be eligible to apply for exchange study:
      • Students must be formally selected for nomination by their home university and be in good academic standing.
      • Graduate students must have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Proof of English language proficiency 
    • Demonstrated English language proficiency is required and can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following: 
      • An official score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      • An official score of at least 79 on the internet-based TOEFL
      • An official score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam for undergraduate students, or a 7.0 for graduate students
      • Effective immediately, Ohio State no longer accepts TOEFL or IELTS scores sent only via paper score reports. In addition to sending a paper score report, please arrange early in the application process to have the TOEFL score report sent electronically to Ohio State by the testing agency. Ohio State's institution code is #1592.
    • Please note: these admissions standards are subject to future change. Every effort will be made to update this website as needed.
    • All tests must have been taken within the last two years.
    • Some graduate programs may require a higher level of English language proficiency for courses offered in their department.
    • Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency 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.
  • Sufficient financial documentation
    • Exchange students pay tuition and fees to their host institution, and do NOT have to pay tuition to The Ohio State University. However, they are responsible for paying for living expenses, OSU health insurance, and various student fees. 
    • At the time of application, students need to provide proof that they have sufficient funds to cover the estimated expenses of their entire period of study. To participate as an exchange student, the current estimated cost of exchange study is:
      • for undergraduates: $10,740 per semester and $21,480 for the academic year
      • for graduate students except those studying law: $10,015 per semester and $20,030 for the academic year
      • for law students: $10,674 for one semester
    • Please note: this estimated cost of exchange study is subject to future change. Every effort will be made to update this website as needed.
    • Additional proof of funding will be required for those students planning on bringing dependents with him or her to Ohio State; please contact the Incoming Exchange Coordinator for more details.
    • Financial support documentation may include, but is not limited to, a scholarship award letter and/or an official bank statement(s) translated into English and calculated in a U.S. Dollar amount. Bank statements should be printed on the official letterhead of the bank and include a stamp and/or signature from a bank official verifying its authenticity. If the bank statement included in an application is from a family member or friend of the student, a completed Affidavit of Financial Support form must be included as well.
    • Download the Affidavit of Financial Support form [Editable PDF]
  • Letter of recommendation from the outgoing exchange coordinator or university professor
    • This letter should specify why the student is recommended for participation as an exchange student at Ohio State and also include the following: academic level (graduate or undergraduate), academic discipline, and intended length of stay including first and last semesters of attendance.
  • Personal statement from the student
    • The student must prepare a one-page statement telling us about himself or herself, including academic and personal interests as well as motivation for studying abroad.
  • Law applicants only:
    • Resume, containing all of the following:
      • all post-secondary educational information;
      • all relevant past and present work experience;
      • volunteer, service and/or extracurricular activities with which you have been involved in the past three years; and
      • a list of any honors and/or awards you have received.
  • Design Students Only: Portfolio, including process work (research, sketches, etc.) and finished project work. All items should be neatly organized. PDF portfolios may be provided via email, but must be reduced to a memory size appropriate for screen display (10MB maximum file size). Any notes and captions must be in English, or be accompanied by an English translation.