Placement, Courses, & Progression

Our programs are designed for international students who need to improve their English skills before starting a degree program or just wish to improve their English proficiency.

Students meet 8-20 hours a week to focus on:

•  Listening
•  Speaking
•  Grammar
•  Reading and Vocabulary
•  Writing

OPIE offers 5 levels of English study for undergraduates.  Click on the link below for more details.

OPIE Courses Chart_2019 (PDF)


After arrival to campus, most students are required to test.  To read more about testing in OPIE, click here. Based on your test scores and your student status (language study only, undergraduate, or graduate), you will be placed into the appropriate level and courses.  For detailed descriptions of our levels and courses, visit the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog.

Use the tables below to help understand our test-based initial placement system.

Note: Undergraduates who do not meet requirements to begin full-time academic study must take an Institutional TOEFL exam when they arrive.  Level and class placement will be based on the results of the institutional exam and the OPIE Composition Test. The TOEFL IBT and the IELTS can be used for placement into the Pathway Program but not for placement into full-time OPIE.

Undergraduate Placement & Duration Table

OPIE Placement-Duration Chart

Graduate Placement & Duration Table


Advancement in OPIE can be based on grades or test scores.  For more information, consult the flow chart below.

Placement chart screen shot 2018-2019

Note: OPIE expects students to attend, positively participate, and make normal progress.  To read more about our expectations and polices regarding these matters, click here.

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