International Applicants

In addition to the standard application requirements, international applicants must meet University requirements for English Language Proficiency, typically by taking the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS exam. 

There are two exceptions to this rule:

  1. Applicants whose first language is English from specific countries are exempted from this requirement. Countries on the list are determined by a University-wide committee. 
  2. The Department of Psychology makes an exception to this rule for applicants who will earn the entirety of their undergraduate degree (or four years combined undergraduate and graduate education) at US institutions or institutions in other specific English-speaking countries. 
    • If an applicant is admitted, this requirement must be met before the term of admission starts.
    • Please note that at least 16 semester credits (or 24 quarter credits) should have been completed within the past 2 years. 

Testing Options During the Pandemic

To support applicants who are unable to take in-person tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, additional testing options are available (depending on your region) for fall 2023. For more information please review the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency page.

TOEFL iBT Operational Standard

The University's operational standard for admission on the TOEFL iBT is, at a minimum:

Minimum Total Score: 79

Subject Minimum Score
Writing 21
Reading 19

*The minimum TOEFL speaking score requirement for a teaching assistant (TA) position in the Department of Psychology is 23. Acceptance of an international student whose speaking score falls below this minimum is rare.

IELTS Operational Standard

Our operational standard for admission on the IELTS is, at a minimum:

Minimum Total Score: 6.5

Subject Minimum Score
Writing 6.5
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7

Services for International Students

Counseling, advising, and educational services are provided for students and scholars from other countries by the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Students may receive counseling and advising services for visa requirements and other immigration issues; social, personal, and financial matters; international and intercultural educational opportunities; academic issues; and English language requirements.