International Student Requirements

The Department of Geography welcomes applications from foreign students. OSU has a large and diverse international graduate student population and has special requirements for admission of international graduate students. To comply with U.S. Immigration laws, international students should submit applications several months prior to the desired enrollment date. In order to apply for graduate programs at OSU, an international student must provide:

  1. Recent (less than two years old) TOEFL scores of at least 79 on the internet-based test (iBT), 550 on the paper-based test (PBT), or an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5. For students with teaching duties, OSU requires a TOEFL score of at least 102 (iBT) with at least 26 on the speaking subsection. Students should refer to Graduate College information for International Admissions at:
  2. Evidence of financial support to meet U.S. Immigration requirements. If a student has been offered an assistantship by the Department of Geography, the student will be sent a letter from OSU stating the value of the assistantship with an indication of how much additional financial support, if any, is required before an I-20 form can be issued. The office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) and the Graduate College supervise these requirements, and all inquiries should be directed to those offices rather than the department.

Please note that the Geography Department has established a minimum score of 86 on the TOEFL iBT for admission consideration.