Step-by-Step: A quick guide to living and studying in the US

University of California Santa Barbara Extension

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English Requirements

For applicants whose native language is not English, and whose high school, college or university education took place in a country where the language of instruction was not English, evidence of English Language proficiency must be provided in order to be admitted to a U.S. institution.

Generally, proficiency in English may be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum accepted score that is needed to be considered is 80 or better on the internet-based test, and 550 or better on the paper-based test, though this may vary depending on the institution.

Proficiency can also be demonstrated with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, for which the minimum accepted score is usually 6.5 or better – though again, this may vary.