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The UC International Services Office This link opens in a new
window.supports international students in understanding the rules, regulations and procedures
that must be followed during their stay in the United States and provides support services and cultural information
International students with F-1 visas can be granted admission with full graduate status only. Most international
students with J-1 visas can be granted admission with full graduate status only, with some exceptions. Students with
J-1 visas should inquire at the International Student Services Office to determine the regulations that apply to
Students with green cards (United States resident aliens/permanent residents) are not defined as international
students and, therefore, are not governed by the university’s international student policies. However, the TOEFL
requirement does apply to green card holders (see The Test of English as a Foreign Language, below).
In instances where an international student holds a degree for which the United States equivalent is not known, or if
it is determined by the program that the applicant does not have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, the program
must submit a petition for admission without the bachelor’s degree, with supporting documentation and rationale, to
the Senior Assistant University Dean of the Graduate School.
All international students are required to carry University of Cincinnati student health insurance unless they
qualify for a waiver. Quarterly fees are automatically assessed each registration period. Insurance coverage for
dependents is optional and may be arranged through the student health insurance office.
English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students can demonstrate
English proficiency in a number of ways at the graduate level. Most students fulfill the English requirement by
taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System
For IELTS, an overall band score of 7 is sufficient for Medical Physics program admission. For TOEFL, the minimum
required iBT score is 100. Scores are valid for up to two years.
The English proficiency requirement is met for applicants with degrees (e.g., a bachelor’s or master’s) earned in
English from accredited universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand or
other English-speaking countries. A copy of the degree or transcript is required for such applicants.
Students from the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement:
Requests for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement must be made by the applicant’s Program Director (with
appropriate documentation justifying English proficiency) to the Senior Assistant Dean of the Graduate School.
The OEPT tests the spoken language skills of non-native speakers of English. An overall score of 3.0 is the minimum
passing score for the test. If you score less than 3.0, you are recommended to take ESL courses before retaking the
test. For students who will have teaching responsibilities, the minimum required score is 3.0.
Students who pass with at least a 3.0 are certified for oral English proficiency and may assume the full range of
duties associated with a teaching assistantship. Students whose oral English proficiency has not been officially
certified may not assume instructional responsibilities. Students are required to take the test at the beginning of
their first quarter of study.
Students who score 26 or above on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT or students with a score of 50 or above on
the Test of Spoken English are exempt from the OEPT test. A student is permitted to take the OEPT twice without
charge during an academic year.
The University of Cincinnati requires a health screening of all international students at University Health
Services It is imperative that the student consult the letter from University Health Services that is included in his or her pre-arrival
packet. It contains an immunization record sheet that must be completed, signed and sealed by a medical
Failure to complete the evaluation upon arrival will result in cancellation of classes for the subsequent
quarter. If classes are cancelled, the student will be in violation of immigration status.
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