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English Requirements

To be admitted as a graduate student to Eastern Washington University as an international student, you must meet a basic English proficiency requirement.

Two Ways to Meet the English Proficiency Requirement

  1. English proficiency test score from TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic

    Minimum scores required for full admission:

    Test

    Score

    TOEFL (iBT) 92
    TOEFL (PBT) 580
    IELTS 7.0
    PTE Academic 63
    Please submit official scores directly to EWU Graduate Studies.

  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university

If You Don't Meet the English Requirement...

If English proficiency is the only requirement you don't meet for admission to a graduate program, EWU has alternative paths to graduate admission. If you took an English proficiency test, look at the table below to find your path to admission based on your test score.

Paths to Graduate Admission TOEFL (iBT)TOEFL (PBT)IELTSPTE Academic
Provisional Admission to your graduate program 79-91 550-579 6.5 53-62
Admission to English Language Institute - Graduate Preparation Program ("Grad Prep") 71-78 525-549 6.0 48-52
Admission to English Language Institute - Intensive English Program 70 or lower 524 or lower 5.5 or lower 47 or lower

No Test Score?

If you haven't taken an English proficiency test like the TOEFL or IELTS, you can instead take English classes at EWU's English Language Institute (ELI) to meet the English requirement. ELI's Intensive English Program will place you in English-language courses that match your ability level and prepare you for your academic program at EWU. Once you complete the Intensive English Program, you may advance into the Graduate Preparation Program.



Steps to Full Admission

Provisional Admission

  1. Apply for admission to your graduate program.

  2. If you meet all requirements for admissions except English proficiency, you may be offered Provisional Admission with the approval of your graduate program.

  3. You will need to successfully complete a program of English language study approved by the director of the TESL program in the English Department at EWU to receive full admission in a later academic term.

Graduate Preparation Program ("Grad Prep")

  1. Apply for admission to your graduate program.

  2. If you meet all requirements for admissions except English proficiency, you may be admitted into the Graduate Preparation Program ("Grad Prep"). Grad Prep students take two quarters of English courses, along with approved courses related to your graduate program.

  3. You will need to successfully complete Grad Prep to receive full admission in a later academic term.



Intensive English Program

  1. Apply for admission to EWU's English Language Institute (ELI).
  2. Study English through EWU's Intensive English Program until your English proficiency qualifies you for either the Graduate Preparation Program ("Grad Prep")  or full admission to your graduate program.
  3. Apply for admission to your graduate program once your English proficiency (either demonstrated through ELI coursework or a test score) meets the requirements for Grad Prep or full admission.

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