International Admission Requirements
International students normally are admitted at the beginning of the fall semester. Students residing in other countries should apply at least five months before their intended date of enrollment. The application process should be completed by July 1 and include the application itself and supporting documents:
- Official high school transcripts or records of national examinations
- Proof of financial responsibility
To comply with financial-responsibility requirements, international students must purchase additional health insurance available through the University. Also, there is limited financial aid available to academically well-qualified international students. Therefore, other means of funding college expenses will be required.
Ohio Northern University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. For further information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs (Designated School Official).
All classes at the University are conducted in English except those taught in the Department of Modern Languages. Therefore, it is essential that all students be prepared to understand rapid, idiomatic English as spoken in lectures and group discussions, to read English with ease, and to express their thoughts clearly in spoken and written English.
All students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of competence in the English language at a level that will provide the English-language skills necessary for success at the University. Evidence of competence can be satisfied by one of the following:
- Minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Score of 6.0 or above IELTS
- Minimum score of at least 75 percent on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- Satisfactory completion of Level 112 of the ELS Language Center
Students with TOEFL scores between 480-549 (paper-based), or 54-78 (Internet-based) may qualify to enter ONU's ESL Bridging Program.