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English Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants are 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;
  • if 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.

Minimum English Proficiency Scores Required for Admission
Undergraduate Majors Paper-based TOEFL Internet-based TOEFL IELTS*
Engineering majors 560 83 6.5
All other majors 537 75 6.5

*IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

If you need additional instruction in English, you may wish to enroll at the university's International English Center before applying to CU-Boulder

Sending Your Test Scores

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. 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 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