English Proficiency Requirements

In addition to our general admission requirements, all international applicants are also required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. The TOEFL and IELTS are two different English language proficiency tests accepted by CU-Boulder as proof of English proficiency. CU-Boulder does not accept any other tests as proof of English proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency is required for immigration purposes for all international student applicants unless:

  • You have completed at least two years of full-time academic study at a U.S. high school or at a high school in a country where English is the native language (i.e., Australia, U.K.) at the time you apply
  • You have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. college or university or at an institution in a country where English is the native language (i.e., Australia, U.K.) at the time you apply
  • English is your native language

Students attending a school where English is the language of instruction are not automatically waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Engineering
TOEFL: 83
IELTS: 6.5

All Other Majors
TOEFL: 75
IELTS: 6.5

Total scores must include a TOEFL writing subscore of 19 or higher or an IELTS writing subscore of 5.5 or higher. Scores may not be combined. TOEFL and IELTS writing subscore requirements are for Fall 2016 applicants. Writing subscores will not be required for Spring 2016 admits.

For more information about our admission requirements and selection process, please visit our Selection Process page.

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than November 15 for spring applicants and June 15 for fall applicants. For more information on the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. For more information on the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org.

The CU-Boulder school code for the TOEFL is 4841. IELTS does not have school codes. When requesting that your IELTS results to be sent to CU-Boulder, have it sent to the following address:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065
USA

 

International Conditional Admission

The University of Colorado Boulder offers conditional admission to international students who meet the academic requirements for admission but need to improve their English language skills before starting an academic degree program. Students who receive conditional admission to the University of Colorado Boulder will be allowed to start their degree program after they have met the requirement for English proficiency.

How to meet the English proficiency requirements

If you have taken one of these tests and your current score does not meet the requirement, you may retake the TOEFL or IELTS in an attempt to meet the requirement. In order to finalize your admission, an English proficiency score that meets the requirement must be submitted along with proof of funding to the Office of Admissions no later than November 15 for spring applicants and June 15 for fall applicants.

The ESL Academic Bridge Program (EABP) is offered through the International English Center. Students take coursework in academic English and participate in workshops, activities and events that help them transition into the university community. Students are able to begin their degree program once they successfully complete all required levels of the EABP, which generally takes six months to one year.

ESL Academic Bridge Program