English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Applicants

English Language Proficiency Requirement

A satisfactory proficiency in the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. International applicants must show proof of language proficiency through one of the three options:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score: Minimum Score: 88 (Internet based)
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Score: Minimum Score: 7.0 overall band score
  3. Degree from certain English-speaking countries: A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. We are unable to accept certificates of English as a mode of instruction to satisfy this requirement. 

NOTE: TOEFL/IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application. Some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score than the minimum for University of Oregon admission and some graduate programs may require a TOEFL/IELTS score regardless of educational background.

Please check with your prospective program for information about their requirements.

Submitting Proof of English Language Proficiency

Option 1 or 2 (TOEFL/IELTS Score)

  • Take either the TOEFL or IELTS and request that the testing agency send your scores to the University of Oregon.
  • UO Institution Code is 4846

Option 3 (Degree from certain English-speaking countries)

  • On your application there is a section to fill out your complete post secondary educational history. Listing a degree that meets the above criteria will prompt a review of your official transcripts.

Visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for a list of department codes.

If you do not see your department listed, please review your prospective program to see which code their applicants use.

Testing Site Links

Graduate Employee - Language Requirement for Non-Native English Speakers

Non-Native English Speakers in Graduate Employee teaching positions are required to prove their spoken English proficiency by way of the SPEAK Test or the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFL or IELTS.