Prospective Students

International Applicants

Graduates of foreign dental schools and prospective students with international residency must fulfill all general admission requirements. In addition, you must:

  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency

    • Success at Ohio State depends upon your ability to converse in, write and understand English. To assure such competence, the university requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit official TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores. To be considered “official,” scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Ohio State. 

      Minimum English proficiency requirements are as follows:

      • TOEFL: 
        At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
        At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
        Official score results must be sent directly from ETS. Ohio State’s institutional code is 1592.
      • MELAB: 
        At least 82 on the MELAB 
        Official score results must be sent directly from Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments.
      • IELTS: 
        At least a 7.0 on the IELTS exam
    • Official score results must be sent directly from IELTS. Designate The Ohio State University as a Test Report Form recipient

      • Exemptions: Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
  • If your education was outside of the United States Complete at least one year of fulltime, upper-level science courses at a US college or university and earn a "B" average or higher.

    • Exemptions: Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
  • To show evidence of your ability to pursue a graduate program in your chosen area, you must upload a scanned copy of all official academic records and transcripts of all previous academic course work when applying for admission.

    • Official transcripts (sent directly from the institution) are only required if you are selected for admission.
    • If the language of instruction at your institution was not English, then all documents submitted must be in the original language and must include a word-for-word English translation certified by the issuing institution or a professional certified translator.
    • The types of records that must be submitted vary depending upon your country's educational system and may include transcripts, diplomas, academic certificates, mark sheets, student books and exam results.
    • Looked at all together, the records submitted should a) give a complete list of all courses taken, including the number of weeks per term, the number of hours per week for each course, the mark received in each course, and a clear key to the grading system used, and b) indicate all degrees earned, with the title and date conferred 
  • Send an original copy of all foreign transcripts to ADEA as part of the AADSAS application. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the following services

  • For additional information on applying as an international students visit the OSU Graduate and Professional Admissions Application Requirements webpage.
  • For additional information about the OSU Office of International Affairs  visit their webpage.