All Prospective J-1 Scholars must meet an "Objective Measurement" of English Language Proficiency

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 filling out the OSU J-1 Scholar Application, the department is required to indicate how the scholar’s English language proficiency was determined and attest that the scholar has adequate English skills to complete the program.

Ways to determine English Language Proficiency:

  1. English skills can be assessed through an interview conducted by the sponsor either in-person or by videoconferencing (Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, etc.), or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.
  2. Alternatively, the scholar may provide proof of a recognized English language test or a signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school.

Departments should contact OIS if they need assistance, and should retain evidence of how the department/supervisor measured applicants’ English language proficiency.


English Interview

English Language Test

Documentation from an Academic Institution of English Language School