English Proficiency for International Undergraduate Admission
To define the language proficiency guidelines for incoming international undergraduate students applicants who are non-native speakers of English.
International undergraduate applicants who are non-native speakers of English.
Documentation of full proficiency is required for admission to online degree programs.
- An official examination score report providing evidence of a student’s level of English proficiency, such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), as a part of the admissions application. Official scores must be less than two years old and submitted directly from the testing agency to the University of Kansas. Students who are unable to present official scores may submit unofficial scores to be verified by admission staff. A current list of accepted English tests and scores that demonstrate full proficiency is available on the admission website
- Completion of four years of college-preparatory English and high school graduation with a 2.5 GPA in the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, an English-speaking province of Canada, an English-speaking Caribbean country, an English-speaking African country, or a US-accredited school located abroad.
- Completion of 24 or more credit-bearing hours toward a degree earned in residence from a regionally accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or from a foreign university which conducts all instruction in English and which maintains substantially equivalent associate or bachelor's degree requirements with completion of English Composition 1 and 2 with a grade of B or better.
- An earned associate’s degree from a regionally accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or from a foreign university which conducts all instruction in English and which maintains substantially equivalent associate or bachelor's degree requirements with a 2.5 GPA.
- Satisfactory completion of all AEC coursework and designation as meeting full proficiency.
- Sponsored international undergraduate applicants;
- Participants in official KU reciprocal exchange programs, short programs, and study abroad programs of one year or less;
- Applicants who are enrolled in the KU Applied English Center at the time of application; and
- Applicants on KU-based scholarship as described in the Admission of Scholarship-Eligible Prospective Students policy.
This policy will allow the University to identify and notify students who are proficient in English at the time of admission and better inform applicants as to additional English language study that may be required before commencing academic coursework. This policy does not change the level of English proficiency required for admission.
07/07/2022: Added clarifying information for online courses.
05/02/2022: Updated policy to align with current practices.
11/14/2018: Updated policy.
06/29/2017: Updated waiver process language, clarified score requirements, and expanded language on allowable tests of proficiency for admission.
01/27/2015: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
05/12/2014: Updated Contact, minor technical/formatting edits.
11/12/2009: Approved by Faculty Senate.