International Student and Scholar Services

English Language Requirements

 

All non-native speakers of English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for undergraduate admission is 61 iBT (500 paper-based, 173 computer-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.

English requirements for graduate applicants vary by department, though it is recommended that students have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT (or an IELTS score of 6.5).

All scores must be sent directly from the testing company to International Student & Scholar Services. For information on exceptions to the language requirements, click here.

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Conditional Admission


Applicants who do not meet the minimum English scores may apply for conditional admission by enrolling in ELS Language Centers. ELS is a private company--with a separate application--but it is located on UMSL's campus. Students who graduate from ELS do not need to submit a TOEFL score for admission to UMSL. To apply for conditional admission through ELS, please follow the steps below:

1. Apply to ELS Language Center. Direct all questions about ELS to their private offices.

2. Receive an acceptance letter and an I-20 from ELS.

3. Apply for conditional admission at UMSL. Send all application materials (except a TOEFL score) to International Student & Scholar Services. Include a copy of your acceptance letter from ELS.

4. If accepted, receive a conditional admission letter from UMSL.

5. Take the I-20 from ELS and the conditional letter from UMSL to a U.S. embassy. Apply for an F-1 visa.

6. Arrive in the United States and enroll at ELS.

7. After graduating from ELS Level 112, transfer to UMSL in August or January to begin a degree program.


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