Information for International Applicants

The Ohio State University works to provide global access to its online degree and certificate programs. While we carefully track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is a student’s responsibility to understand requirements related to whether an online degree or certificate will be recognized in a country other than the United States, how the collection of student data may be used in another country, and whether withholding taxes (in addition to the price of tuition) will apply.

Some countries may not formally recognize foreign online degrees and certificates, which may have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with that country’s government or other employers requiring specific credentials.

If you’re considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license, contact the appropriate professional licensing board in your country of residence or the country where you intend to work in order to determine whether an online degree or certificate from Ohio State will be recognized.

Jan. 28, 2023 Update:

On January 28, 2023, the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) announced the end to the temporary Covid-related exemption to allow Chinese students to complete their studies online. Effective immediately, students must complete international qualifications in-person and on-campus if they wish to have their degrees certified by the CSCSE.

The CSCSE will no longer provide accreditation services for overseas diplomas obtained in Spring semester 2023 and beyond in which distance learning is used.

Students who are unable to return to The Ohio State University for Spring semester 2023 due to special circumstances are required to keep relevant documentary evidence and provide it along with the student’s application for certification to the CSCSE. 

Students may reach out to Caroline Omolesky with the Office of International Affairs at omolesky.2@osu.edu or 614-292-6101 to obtain the required documentation. OIA is also prepared to assist students with any questions or concerns they may have regarding the announcement. 

The CSCSE has provided answers to the most frequently asked questions they have received.

May 2, 2022 Update:

Ohio State uses a third-party service to grant secure access to many university systems. The service provider has informed Ohio State that it will block authentications originating from countries and regions under economic and trade sanctions from the United States as identified by the Office of Foreign Access Control (OFAC) beginning May 5. Sanctioned countries and regions include Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Crimea region, Sevastopol region, Donetsk region, and Luhansk region.

If you are planning to apply to an Ohio State program and learn online from a country or region subject to economic and trade sanctions, please be aware that you may be unable to access systems needed to learn online through Ohio State.


Professional Licensure Information

If you live outside Ohio and are considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license or certification, we highly encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state in which you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before enrolling in the program. Ohio State makes every effort to ensure licensure information is current; however, licensure regulations change frequently.

For detailed state licensure information related to an Ohio State program that leads to licensure or certification and licensing board contact information, visit State Authorization for Students.

Have questions about professional licensure requirements? Contact the State Authorization team. 

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