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Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes

The course catalogue and schedule of classes can be found at registrar.osu.edu/courses. Most academic departments also have course listings on their website as well.

Undergraduate Students

You will finalize your class schedule on Day 3 of Orientation with the help of your academic advisor. If you have received transfer credit for courses taken at another college, be sure to have all courses that have transferred to Ohio State as general credit evaluated by the transfer credit coordinators of the appropriate departments. The list of coordinators can be found online. Take copies of the final evaluations with you when you register for classes.

Graduate Students

Call or visit your academic department to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor once you arrive on campus. Your advisor will either enter your course requests for you or will send you to the Graduate School (located at 250 University Hall) to receive registration materials so you can enter your course requests.

Role of an Academic/Faculty Advisor

Advisors partner with students to explore educational and professional opportunities, set appropriate goals and determine strategies to achieve them. They help students register for courses, understand degree requirements, change or add majors and minors, and can address other academic issues.

Enrollment Requirements

You must enroll full time each semester to maintain immigration status. For undergraduates, full time enrollment is 12 credit hours per term, 9 of which must be in-person credit hours (not online). Graduate students must typically take 8 credit hours per semester to be full time, but those on university fellowship are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Summer term is considered an “annual vacation term,” when international students are not required to enroll full time. However, students beginning, returning after a leave of absence, or graduating in summer term must enroll full time, unless otherwise approved for a Reduced Course Load.

Find the Academic Calendar and list of Important Dates at registrar.osu.edu.


At Ohio State students are expected to participate in classroom discussions with instructors and fellow students as well as ask questions.

During the first class, teachers will give you a syllabus, which details what is expected of you throughout the course, lists when assignments are due and includes your instructor’s office hours and contact information. If you have a problem with the material presented in class, you should visit the teacher during office hours and ask for help.


In most of your classes, there will be an expectation that you raise your hand to answer questions, ask questions and share your ideas about the course material. Participation is often a certain percentage of your overall grade for a course. Professors want to hear your voice in class so they know you are actively engaged with the course material.

Missing Class

You are expected to go to class on time each session and to notify your teacher in advance if you will be absent. If you must miss class due to illness, you should obtain a doctor’s note. Attendance will often factor into your grade, and if you do not attend on a regular basis, you will receive the failing grade of “EN” for the course.


Like most schools in the United States, Ohio State uses an A-E letter grading system. An A is the best grade you can achieve, and an E is a failing grade.

Some colleges and majors require a certain minimum GPA. To remain in good academic standing, undergraduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and for graduate students, 3.0 or higher. Students who fall out of good academic standing are placed on academic probation, and are at risk of university dismissal.

If You Are Struggling in A Class

Do: Continue going to class, and completing all assignments. If you stop attending without officially withdrawing from a course, you will be given a failing grade. Meet with your academic advisor and an immigration coordinator at OIA to determine if you are able to drop the class and still maintain your immigration status.

Do: Talk to your instructor. Discuss your concerns openly and request guidance on best study strategies for the course material. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to get clarification on assignment expectations.

Do: Seek help from university resources. For any type of academic problem, there is always someone you can reach out to for guidance.

Don’t: Drop a course that would put you below full-time enrollment, unless you have first obtained approval from OIA. Dropping below full time without advance permission could lead to your loss of legal status in the United States.

Don’t: Be overly reliant on friends for academic help; instead, visit campus resources.

Don’t: Take short cuts, such as copying from a friend, or copying information you find on the internet without attribution, which would be considered plagiarism.


Ohio State’s rules on academic conduct are based on the value of originality and individual achievement. It is extremely important to know the rules and standards in place at Ohio State, so that you do not unintentionally violate the Code of Student Conduct.

The Code of Student Conduct, which outlines behavior that is allowed and not allowed (in and outside the classroom) at the university can be found at: studentlife.osu.edu/csc.

Copying and Unauthorized Collaboration

When you complete an academic assignment, the expectation is that it is your own original work. Never copy work from another student, or allow another student to copy from you. Unless your course instructor has given permission for you to collaborate with other students on an assignment, work alone. If you are not sure if you are allowed to collaborate, ask the professor for clarification.


Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas, presenting them as your own. If you copy someone else’s writing—from a book, website or even a friend’s homework— and put it into your own writing without giving credit to the original source, that is considered academic misconduct. This does not mean you shouldn’t incorporate words others have written into your own writing, but rather it is important to master the rules of citing appropriately and effectively.

University Libraries maintains an excellent online guide to correct use of sources and citing, Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research at ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/choosingsources.


Failure to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct has serious implications for international students’ academic and immigration status. Instructors who believe that academic misconduct has occurred in their class will refer the students involved to the University Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM). When COAM finds a student in violation of the Code of Student Conduct, disciplinary and grade sanctions are imposed; in the most severe instances, sanctions can include suspension or dismissal from the university, which can lead to loss of legal status in the United States. Students who are charged with academic misconduct can meet with the academic liaison for international students at the Office of International Affairs to discuss possible immigration consequences.

To learn more about avoiding and preventing academic misconduct visit: oaa.osu.edu/coamtensuggestions.html

Ask your professor about how he or she wants you to cite sources that you use in your work.


Take advantage of the wide variety of academic support Ohio State offers.

ES EPSY 2060, Academic Success Strategies for International Students

A seven-week, two-credit hour course, open to international undergraduates, helps students adapt to U.S. academic culture and practice skills needed for success in Ohio State classrooms. Learn more at dennislearningcenter.osu.edu/success-international-students/.

Academic Success Series Workshops

A workshop series, offered through the Office of International Affairs, covers topics specifically designed to help international students, such as class participation and communicating with faculty. The schedule for each semester is posted at oia.osu.edu/global-engagement/workshops.html.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers in-person and online appointments for guidance on writing at any stage of a project. cstw.osu.edu/writing-center.

Dennis Learning Center

The Dennis Learning Center offers courses, one-on-one academic coaching and workshops, to help students succeed academically. dennislearningcenter.osu.edu.

Disability Services

Disability Services is committed to creating an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the office, to be considered for accommodations. slds.osu.edu/about-us.

Tutoring Services

A wide variety of units on campus offer tutoring, including individual academic departments, the Younkin Success Center and University Housing.