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Welcome to Ohio State, a great choice for international students!

A diverse, international community

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Ohio State embraces the value of integrating international dimensions across our campus, pursuing international partnerships, and preparing our students to excel in the global marketplace. More than 5,500 international students  -- from over 100 countries – call Ohio State home.

A conveniently located urban campus

Ohio State is located in Columbus, the capital of Ohio and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of over 1.8 million. Columbus offers a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, cultural events, places of worship, historic neighborhoods, and major sports and entertainment venues. Learn more about Columbus.

Port Columbus International Airport, a 15-minute drive from campus, is served by 10 airlines. Columbus is located only a few hours by air from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Programs that support your needs

Office of International Affairs (OIA)

When international students and scholars first arrive at Ohio State, the Office of International Affairs is one of their initial points of contact. The staff of OIA provides students with a warm welcome to the campus community and supports their transition to help them comfortably adjust to a new life on campus and in Columbus.

Students meet one-on-one with a representative from International Students and Scholars to get answers to questions about immigration regulations, cultural differences and financial matters. Through, find information about:

  • the types of visas needed for their stay in the United States
  • links to academic programs
  • how to pay their tuition
  • housing options
  • an overview of the campus and life in Columbus

Immigration coordinators facilitate orientation sessions and administer social, cultural and educational programming. All of these services help ensure that international students and scholars have the greatest opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals during their time at Ohio State.

Grants and scholarships for international student

International students do not receive U.S. federal financial aid. However, they are eligible to be considered for University Fellowships and aid offered by the specific graduate program in the form of teaching, administrative and research assistantships. Also the Office of International Affairs provides a few Graduate/Professional Student Grants and Scholarships.

English language support
  • American Language Program (ALP) is Ohio State’s pre-admission intensive English program for language and academic preparation. A separate application is required for this program. Admission to or enrollment in the American Language Program does not guarantee admission to a graduate program at Ohio State.
  • ESL Composition (ESLC) is Ohio State's post-admission writing program for graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students often write their MA or PhD exams and theses soon after completing the ESL Composition sequence. ESLC also offers elective courses to help graduate students with those tasks.
  • Ohio State’s Spoken English Program (SEP) is a post-admission program that screens all prospective international teaching assistants (ITAs) and provides course work for those who require it. If you are planning to accept a position as an ITA, you must demonstrate English-language proficiency in the oral interview examination conducted by SEP. In additional to ITA screenings, SEP offers courses, individualized pronunciation tutoring and an extensive Conversation Partner Program, where students enrolled in SEP courses are matched with native English speakers.
  • The Writing Center is a service of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing at Ohio State. No matter what kind of project you’re working on -- from dissertation to resume -- tutors offer free help with writing at any stage of the process.


EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective, and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities.

Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves and/or having received State Department-approved training about United States higher education and the advising process.