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Oklahoma State University

is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment, especially for its international students. At OSU you will receive a quality graduate education and training by top researchers in their field. Campuses located in Stillwater and Tulsa are known for their friendly people who take a personal interest in seeing you succeed. #YouAreWelcomeHere


English Proficiency Requirements for Admission

To be considered for admission, international applicants are expected to submit evidence of English proficiency in the form of official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or PTE Academic examinations. A waiver of this requirement can be obtained for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, at which English is the primary language of instruction, located in a country in which English is a recognized primary language.

For more details, see the OSU Catalog, section 4.4.1 here. The catalog supersedes any requirements noted here.


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English Proficiency Requirements

Additional information on English proficiency requirements

Spoken English Proficiency for Employment

All graduate students employed as graduate teaching assistants or associates (GTA) and who serve in an instructional role are required to be proficient in spoken English. If you are a new international student and a new GTA you may be required to take the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Exam. This test is given on campus prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters and at the end of the Spring semester. Registration is required.


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ITA Exam Dates, Deadlines & Registration

Get additional information on the International Teaching Assistant Exam
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