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Curricular Plan -- International Scholar Transition Program

The International Scholar Transition Program is a two semester course of study (3 semesters maximum permitted) to help students develop the English language skills needed in the demanding ONU classrooms and degree programs.  ISTP students are fully admitted to their degree program and all credits earned in ISTP count toward university graduation.  Students may be admitted to the ISTP, may choose to take classes in the ISTP, or if exchange students, may be directed to take ISTP courses the first semester of the exchange. (Voluntary and Exchange students are not required to take either the ENGL or designated academic courses listed.)

Students admitted to the ISTP may enter in the fall or spring and complete the program the following semester.  To move through the program and into full studies in the major, students must:

  • Pass all classes (ISTP and non-ISTP) with a C (2.0) or better grade.
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.0 each semester
  • Complete the program with a 500 score on the Institutional TOEFL (ITP) or 61 on iBT.  All subscores must be in a similar range to the passing score.

Progress through the International Scholar Transition Program  

Semester Courses  Credit
(August -
  • ISTP 1111 - Listening and Speaking 1
  • ISTP 1131 - Reading and Vocabulary 1
  • ENGL 1511 - College Composition 1       AND
  • ENGL 1311 - College Compositon Lab 1 
  • (Composition Class is determined by Placement Test)
  • CAMS 1301 - Presentational Speaking       OR    (Varies by semester)
  • ABUS 2221 - Principles of Entrepreneurship 

TOTAL Credits

  • 6
  • 4
  • 3
  • 1
  • 3
  • 3


(January - May)
  • ISTP 1211 Listening and Speaking 2
  • ISTP 1231 - Reading and Vocabulary 2
  • ENGL 1521 - College Composition 2   (Continuing from previous semester)     AND
  • ENGL 1321 - College Compositon Lab 2       (Continuing from previous semester)
  • One course below 3000 in chosen major    (with assitance of academic advisor)
  • Additional course below 3000 in chosen major    (Students completing semester 1 with a GPA greater that 3.0 may choose a second course in their major, with the consent of the academic advisor) 

TOTAL Credits

  • 6
  • 4
  • 3
  • 1
  • 3
  • 3


Students must pass every class with a grade of C (2.0) or better to move to the following semester.  ISTP and ENGL courses with a grade below C (2.0) must be repeated.

To complete the International Scholar Transition Program successfully, students must:

  • Complete all course work with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Maintain a 2.0 average for each semester
  • Pass the TOEFL (Institutional TOEFL) with a score of 500, with all subscores in a similar range.  (Similar scores from other recognized tests is acceptable)

Upon completion of the International Scholar Transition Program, students study fully in the degree major they have chosen.

English Language Programs

Clark Hall 129
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed