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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2017

D. English Proficiency Requirement for Admission of International Applicants

All applicants, except for a non-degree exchange student at an admitting program’s request, whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS. Only at the request of an admitting program, a non-degree exchange student whose native language is not English could verify English proficiency by either submitting sufficient TOEFL or IELTS results, or a letter submitted from the exchange student’s home institution that documents and certifies the student’s English proficiency.

Minimum Scores for English Proficiency Requirements for Admission can be found at www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c. Students not meeting the minimum score for admission may be admitted on Limited Status. Please note that admission minimums are not equivalent to minimums required for holding a Teaching Assistant Appointment.

  • Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:
    • 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.
    • Completion of at least two years of professional work experience in a country where English is the primary language within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    • Completion of a post-secondary 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.

 

IMPORTANT: Please note that this exemption is for admission purposes only. This may not necessarily provide an exemption for international teaching assistants. For more information, please see the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants.

Please click here for a list of countries that qualify for an exemption from the admissions requirement.

 
Revised August 2017