The Department of State requires that all prospective J-1 Exchange Visitor scholars have an "Objective Measurement" of their English language proficiency because they found that "too many exchange visitors lack sufficient English proficiency to perform their jobs or complete their academic programs; to navigate daily life in the United States; to read and comprehend program materials; to understand fully their responsibilities, rights, and protections; and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary." [79 FR 60294, 60301]”

When completing the OSU Exchange Visitor Application, the department is required to indicate how the prospective exchange visitor’s English language proficiency was determined, retain evidence of how the department/supervisor measured applicants’ English language proficiency, and attest that the individual has adequate English skills to complete the program objectives and navigate daily life in the U.S.


Interview in English

In-person or by video conference

English skills can be assessed through an interview conducted in English by the sponsoring professor

English Proficiency Interview Form


English Language Test


Sponsoring professors determine the acceptable score of an official English language test

Reference the OSU English language test requirements for Graduate admission


Other Letters or Documentation

From an Academic Institution or English Language School

Documentation assessing proficiency or basis for assessment (e.g. coursework in English or a substantial period of time spent living in an English-speaking country)

English Proficiency Certification