International Students

Language Excellence and Academic Preparedness

Ohio State’s Language Excellence and Academic Preparedness (LEAP) program is a pre-first semester non-credit program to prepare first-year international students for The Ohio State University experience.

Our goal is to assist students with their English language skills and cultural adjustment so they can confidently begin their first autumn semester.

During the program, students will live on campus with meals provided, take language and culture classes, go on field trips and begin autumn orientation. If participants complete all program requirements, tuition will be fully reimbursed with a scholarship.

With a rigorous 36-classroom-hours curriculum, students focus on the language skills necessary to succeed academically and socially at Ohio State. The American university classroom can be a much different experience from your school system at home. During classes, students ask and answer questions aloud, complete tasks as a group, present in front of their peers and follow strict academic guidelines.

The Office of International Affairs believes language and culture are best learned with a combination of study and experience, thus students participate in a number of field trips that are designed to complement the classroom learning objectives and prepare students for life at Ohio State and in Columbus, Ohio.

Students will live in on campus with meals provided, take tours of campus facilities and begin using campus classroom digital platforms.

  • Build stronger oral communicative competencies in formal and informal college settings
  • Recognize the value of serving in the university community through participation in college clubs, organizations, sports, volunteering and other activities
  • Explore and use campus resources, such as the libraries, recreation facilities, health services, the writing center and safety services
  • Acquire an understanding of college culture and social etiquette through awareness and immersion to improve the overall college experience
  • Prepare for and practice the reading and writing standards expected in the Ohio State academic environment to increase academic success
  • Explore and use the many available university digital systems, such as Canvas, library research databases, online collaboration tools, mobile apps and more


The fee totals $700 upfront, with $700 scholarship upon completion of LEAP. The fee serves as a deposit for your commitment to completing the program. It will cover:

If students complete all required classes and assignments, they will receive a scholarship covering the original program fee, which will reimburse you for the costs that you paid upfront.

To receive the completion scholarship students must:
  • Attend all classes and orientation events (only one absence permitted)
  • Complete 90% of class assignments
  • Attend at least two afternoon events each week
  • Be in compliance with Ohio State code of conduct