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International Education

General Admission Requirements

Print friendly Modified October 12, 2015

International students wishing to study at one of the USG institutions should carefully review the following information. Some USG institutions have slightly different requirements, so be sure to also review individual institutional policies.

  1. Academic Requirements: International students must demonstrate the required level of academic preparation as evidenced by a certificate, diploma, or other document deemed generally equivalent to U.S. college preparatory studies. Academic documents must be translated to English by a reputable credential evaluator (internal or external to the institution). Please contact the individual institutional admissions offices for detailed information about the academic evaluation process.

  2. English Proficiency Requirement: International students whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency. Completion of a test of English language proficiency is required of all applicants. Please refer to the chart below for approved exams and minimum standards or some other USG-approved evaluation of English.

The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission:

  Minimum Score for Admission* Recommended Score for Admission
Internet TOEFL 69 79
Paper TOEFL 523 550
Computer TOEFL (no longer available) 193 213
IELTS 6 6.5
SAT Critical Reading 430  
ACT English 17  
EIKEN Pre-1  
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77  
Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) 169 (old scale 52) 177 (old scale 58)
Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) Pass  
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams “D” or Better  
UK GCSE “English” exam “C” or Better  
UK GCE A-Level “English” exam “C” or Better  
EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams “D” or Better  
Pearson (PTE) Academic 53 58
Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study. Per USG campus regulations.  
A waiver can be granted to students from countries where English is the native language and/or the official language for academic instruction. Per USG campus review.  

*Institutions and departmental programs within the institution may set higher minimum test scores for admission.

Students not meeting minimum English proficiency requirements may be accepted provisionally at some institutions and are required to attend an ESL program.

  1. Financial Requirements: International students must provide documentation showing sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board, health insurance and other living expenses. Contact the USG Admissions Office for specific costs for each institution. Students not able to provide financial documentation cannot attend a USG institution.

  2. Immigration Information: International students are obligated to follow the laws and regulations set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It may also be useful to review the Guide to U.S. Higher Education provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.