Please note: You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and you are on a temporary visa; or if you will require any type of visa to study in the United States. The test information included below is specific to international students. If you do not meet this definition, please see our English proficiency information for domestic students.
The University of Minnesota requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English. Applicants are required to submit results from the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB English language proficiency tests.
English Language Proficiency Requirements: All seven undergraduate programs at the University of Minnesota require a specific minimum score for admission (see the chart below). Some undergraduate programs may admit students with lower scores. Based on English proficiency exam results and/or placement examinations taken on campus, admitted students may be required to take additional English courses when they enroll.
|Test||Total Score||Writing Subscore|
|Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic)||59||59|
|Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)||180||180|
An official report of TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency (from one set of exam results).
Freshman applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
Additionally, a student may be exempt from the writing subscore requirement if they have:
Transfer applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
Exempt Countries: Applicants from the following countries whose first language is English are exempt from the English language test requirement:
Anguilla, England, Scotland, Antigua and Barbuda, Federated States of Micronesia, Seychelles, Australia, Grenada, Shetland Islands, Bahamas, Guyana, St. Kitts-Nevis, Barbados, Ireland, St. Lucia, Bermuda, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Monserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Northern Ireland, Wales, Dominica, U.S. Territories including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico.
Registration information is available at the websites listed below:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
U of M test code: 6874.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Pearson’s Test of Academic English (PTE Academic)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
The University of Minnesota has an intensive English program for international students wishing to improve their English skills before applying for admission to the University. Students who take English as a second language courses at the University of Minnesota have access to the University's many resources and facilities. Classes are small, instructors are highly qualified, and students will receive advising and support services designed specifically for them. Find out more about the English as a Second Language program.
Minnesota English Language Program
University of Minnesota
College of Continuing Education
160 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities offers conditional admission to a limited number of academically qualified fall term freshman applicants who require additional English language instruction in order to be successful degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota.
Freshman applicants whose English proficiency test scores do not meet the University's minimum requirements noted above are automatically considered for conditional admission to the University of Minnesota based on a review of their completed international application for admission.
Students accepted to this program complete one year of intensive English language study at the University’s Minnesota English Language Program. After one year, program participants who have demonstrated high enough English proficiency are admitted for the following fall semester as a degree-seeking student.
|Test||Minimum Total Score for Conditional Admission|
These scores have been determined by experienced ESL instructors and researchers within the U of M's Minnesota English Language Program (MELP), and they reflect how much progress can be expected in one year of intensive English language study.