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English Proficiency Requirement for Admission (Exempt Countries)

International applicants who meet one of the following conditions qualify for an exemption to the English proficiency requirement for admission:

  • Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

OR

  • Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

This may not necessarily provide an exemption for international teaching assistants. For more information please see the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants.

Exempt Countries

The following is a list of the countries that qualify for an exemption:

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon-Anglophone
  • Canada (All provinces except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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