When you arrive: You need to register and attend an international student check-in here.
Friday, August 10: Beginning of the Combined Language GTA training course. Part of this day's orientation will include completion of all outstanding paperwork and orient you to details about your department and OSU.
Tuesday, August 21: OSU classes begin.
There are tests that must be completed before you can teach at OSU:
Graduate Student ESL Requirements
ESL Composition Placement Test: Incoming international students are required to demonstrate writing proficiency in academic English. Students who do not meet specific exemptions will be required to take the ESL Composition Placement Test. If required to take the test, a notification will appear in the student’s Buckeyelink To-Do list. http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/home/testing/graduate-international-students/
Students who have reported the following Test of English scores to OSU (obtained within the last two years) are exempt from the ESL Composition Placement Test. Scores at these levels–which are higher than those required for admission –indicate that a student has already demonstrated sufficient writing proficiency.
Oral Proficiency Assessment (OPA): Graduate students for whom English is not the first language must certify their proficiency in spoken English before assuming Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) duties. They may become certified through the following scores:
TOEFL iBT Speaking 28 or higher
IELTS Speaking 8.5 or higher
Oral Proficiency Assessment 4.0 (or 3.0 to teach foreign language class not taught in English) For more information about the OPA please visit http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/home/testing/spoken-english/