Generally, applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official scores of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
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 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 initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- 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 initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 visit the Grad College for a list of countries that qualify for an exemption from the admissions requirement.
Minimum Score Requirements for Admission:*
The following chart provides minimum score requirements for admission*:
|English Proficiency Test||Minimum score||Limited status admission and English as a Second Language Placement Test required**||Full Status Admission|
|TOEFL iBT||79||79-102||greater than 102|
|TOEFL PBT||550||550-610||greater than 610|
|IELTS (academic exam)||6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in allsub-sections||6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in allsub-sections||greater than 6.5|
* Please note: TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
** If the scores on the TOEFL or IELTS are acceptable, but indicate the need for further English study (scores of 550-610 Paper or 79-102 iBT, inclusive), an English as a Second Language Placement Test (EPT) will be required upon arrival at the University. On the basis of the ESL EPT results, applicants are generally required to enroll in non-credit "English as a Second Language" courses and take a reduced academic load beginning the first semester at the University.
The English Department's primary form of financial aid is Teaching Assistantships. If a non-native speaking applicant is admitted without a score and does not pass the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) upon arrival, the applicant will not receive a Teaching Assistantship or the tuition waiver and stipend it supplies. The English Department may not be able to offer financial assistance to a student who is not eligible for a Teaching Assistantship. It is in a non-native speaking applicant's best interest to take the test as soon as possible and before the application deadline. A passing score will only help an applicant's chance of admission.
Illinois law (
110 ILCS 305/7c) requires that all instructors at the University of Illinois be orally proficient in English. Campus has established a minimum acceptable score for approved English proficiency exams that is required of all non-native speakers of English serving in instructional roles. There are no exceptions. In addition, campus policy requires those who pass the proficiency exam to attend the Graduate Academy for College Teaching and have their classroom teaching monitored closely by their departments during the semesters in which they teach. Additional information may be obtained from the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning.
Minimum Score Requirements for Non-Native English Speaking Teaching Assistantship Consideration*
The following chart provides minimum score requirements for Non-Native English Speaking Teaching Assistantship consideration*:
|Assistantship consideration*:||English Proficiency Test||Minimum score required for Non-Native English Speaking Teaching Assistants|
|TOEFL iBT||speaking sub-section score: 24|
|IELTS (academic exam)||speaking sub-section score: 8|
* Please note: TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
All international applicants requesting visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019) are required to demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources to cover the cost of their education while in the United States. Read more here.
All international students requesting a VISA must upload a passport. A passport must be uploaded for each dependent VISA Request also.