Ohio University Overview

Ohio University is a major U.S. public research university located primarily on a 1,850-acre campus in Athens, Ohio, United States.

The College Green sits in the centre of Ohio University's Athens campus. With its brick walkways and shade trees, it has provided a quiet respite to Ohio University students for over 200 years. Three of the oldest buildings on campus are located on the College Green. Cutler, McGuffey, and Wilson halls date from the 19th century and are fine examples of Georgian architecture. Cutler Hall, which currently houses the administrative offices of the president and others, was built in 1816 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Ohio University.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies, English Language, English Literature and Political and Cultural Studies.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 27th August 2018 - 15th December 2018  14th January 2019 - 4th May 2019

Please note: this is a tentative academic calendar for 2018-2019.

Application Deadline: 01/02/2018

Undergraduate students must arrive prior to semester start to participate in mandatory orientation activities. Arrival is generally one week prior. Arrival dates will be confirmed in students’ admissions letters. Do not book airfare prior to receiving admissions letters and confirming arrival dates.


You will pay no tuition fees to your host university.

For the 2018/19 Academic year in order to satisfy US Visa regulations you will need to prove that you have access to $17,731 for the year. This is the amount that the host institution believes that it will cost you to live there for the duration of your studies. 

The expenses noted below are estimated and are subject to change. Students remaining in Athens over an academic break should budget $400/week for living expenses.

One Semester

Living Expenses
Lodging $3,131
Meals $2,768
Personal expenses $1,880

Health Insurance (6 months)

International Student Orientation fee $100
Total $8,966


Ohio generally recommends that exchange participants live on-campus, particularly those who are staying for less than a full year. In between the academic semesters when classes are not in session, on-campus housing is closed and all students are asked to move out until classes resume for the next semester. Interim housing is available between semesters for a fee.

The application for on-campus housing must be completed on-line here.  All information can be found under the “Future Residents” tab at the top of the page. The application is not open all year, so please make note of when the application opens. International exchange students are not required to pay the application fee, nor are they required to pay the housing deposit. Exchange students will need to activate their Ohio University ID before they can enter the online housing system. Directions on how to do this will be sent to the student upon their acceptance to Ohio University.

If a student prefers to live off-campus, the student is responsible for locating suitable housing. Off-campus housing is owned and operated by private individuals or companies and therefore, the international office in Ohio is unable to make any commitment or advance arrangements for off-campus housing. Off-campus housing opportunities can be found in the classified sections of the local newspapers:

Before the start of the semester, temporary housing on campus may be available at a fee of approximately $30.00 per night. All international students may request a linen packet (bed sheets, pillow, blanket, wash cloths and towels) prior to their arrival at campus. A $15 non-refundable charge will be added to the student’s OHIO account. It is the students’ responsibility to reserve temporary housing. Reservations can be made online using the housing link. Use the “Arrival Form,” sent to students after admission, to inform us of the dates that temporary housing is requested. Any questions can also be emailed to housing@ohio.edu.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.