English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students

English Language Proficiency Requirement

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

Method Requirement
TOEFL Score*

Minimum Score: 88 (Internet-Based) or 575 (Paper-based test offered prior to May 31, 2017). 

NOTE:  Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application. Some departments require a higher score.

IELTS Score*

Minimum Academic Score: 7.0 overall band score. 

NOTE: Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application. Some departments require a higher score. 

Degree from certain English-speaking countries** Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. 

*Some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score than the minimum for University of Oregon admission.

**Some graduate programs may require a TOEFL or IELTS score regardless of educational background. Please check with your prospective department for information about their requirements. 

Requesting Scores

Scores should be sent directly from ETS to the University of Oregon.  The institution code is 4846.

You should also have a copy sent to your department (refer to departmental application instructions); for department codes, please click on this link.

Testing Site Links

Language Requirement for International GEs

International Graduate Employees (GEs) in 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. Learn more.


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