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International Scholar Transition Program (ISTP)
Ohio Northern University offers an International Scholar Transition Program that allows non-native English users with TOEFL iBT scores between 50 and 78 or IELTS score of 5.0 to begin work toward their degree while also taking courses to improve academic English skills before entering into full-time academic study. Students who successfully complete the two-semester ISTP enter into full-time academic majors the follow semester.
The Advantages of the International Scholar Transition Program
- ISTP students earn college credits that fulfill degree requirements while also improving their English skills.
- ISTP courses focus on competence in academic listening, reading, speaking and vocabulary.
- ISTP offers a college composition sequence that fulfills the University's English writing seminar requirement.*
- ISTP students work with major academic advisors to plan an academic schedule leading to a degree.
- ISTP classes carry academic credit that may be used as electives in some degree programs. (Check with the program advisor.)
*Placement in English 1411 or English 1511 is determined by a writing assessment given to international students during orientation.
How does the International Scholar Transition Program Work?
Qualified students enter the ISTP in the fall and should plan to remain in the program for their first academic year at Ohio Northern University, taking full advantage of the opportunity to focus on improving their English proficiency in preparation for full-time regular academic study. The ISTP's course sequence provides a solid foundation in academic English so that upon successful completion of the course work, students are prepared to meet the challenges of full-time academic studies in their chosen disciplines (majors) in the United States.
What is the relationship of ISTP to IEP?
The two programs are separate but inter-related. ISTP focuses on higher level English skills required for university coursework; the IEP focuses on lower and intermediate level English skills required for living within a university environment on an American campus. Generally, iBTOEFL scores below 50 engage in the IEP and iBTOEFL scores above 50 engage in the ISTP. Students can take no academic coursework while in IEP, but are permitted to engage in academic coursework in ISTP to refine their English skills for university coursework.
Most ISTP students are beginning their degree work with courses that will count toward graduation. Some ISTP students, however, are completing the highest levels of English studies and will enter their academic program only after completion of ISTP.