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International Student Guidelines

English as a Second Language (ESL) Requirement

Upon arrival to this campus, a student from a country where English is not the first language is required to take an English examination. Its purpose is to place the student in an appropriate English class to help them improve their English language skills. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions notifies those international students who are required to take a placement test. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) informs new students about the date and time of the test. Some students are Qualified on the basis of the placement composition; these students are not required to take any ESL courses.  

Spoken English Requirement

Graduate Teaching Associates whose native language is not English must pass a spoken English test before teaching at Ohio State. Students should schedule this examination as soon as possible after arriving on campus.


It is crucial for all students, whether sponsored or privately supported, to have a clear idea of personal finances. Unrealistic budget expectations may become a source of anxiety that affects graduate study. International students must show evidence that they will have sufficient financial means to support themselves through their entire course of study. International students who bring their families must prove that they have the financial means to support their family for the duration of their stay.


ESL Composition Program (ESLC) is one of the largest post-admission English as a Second Language programs in the United States

Spoken English Program from ESL's English as a Second Language Programs

Office of International Affairs
140 Enarson Classroom Building
2009 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210