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English Language Proficiency Requirements

For International Students and Teaching Assistants

Duquesne University has committed itself to providing international students and teaching assistants with opportunities to achieve maximum academic success.  In pursuit of this commitment, the University requires early identification of student and teaching assistant proficiency in English.

English Placement Test Requirements for ALL Students: Since English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University, all accepted undergraduate and graduate students whose first language is other than English are required to sit for English Placement Tests. Students who submit official scores, current to within one year, of 90 or higher on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (iBT), or an equivalent score on earlier versions of the TOEFL, are excused from English Placement Tests except for tests of written and spoken English.

International Teaching Assistants: Pennsylvania state law and Duquesne University policies require certification of sufficient English language fluency for all faculty and teaching assistants.  Teaching assistants whose first language is other than English are required to sit for additional language assessment conducted by the Duquesne University ESL Program and the Center for Teaching Excellence in cooperation with the teaching assistant’s academic department.

Placement Test Results: If certification assessment indicates a need for assistance with English, the student or teaching assistant will be enrolled in required language classes to be taken together with or in place of degree program courses. Teaching assistants with a score of 26 or higher on the Speaking Section of the iBT are excused from the oral test.

University TOEFL Requirements:

Graduate Degree Programs---All international applicants to graduate from degree programs are required to submit official TOEFL score reports current to within one year as part of their application.  TOEFL requirements vary by department and school within the range of 80 to 100 iBT.

Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within a range of seven to nine and current to within one year may be submitted as an alternate test if acceptable to departments and schools.

On-line Degree Programs--- All international applicants to on-line degree programs are required to submit a TOEFL score of 80iBT or higher.  The Duquesne University TOEFL Institution code is 2196.

Undergraduate Degree Programs---Applicants to undergraduate degree programs are not required to submit TOEFL scores as part of their application for admission since Duquesne University maintains an on-campus ESL Program.  Because TOEFL scores are required for waiver from certain ESL courses as well as for exit from the ESL Program, submission of TOEFL scores is strongly recommended for all applicants to undergraduate degree programs offered at Duquesne University.

The Duquesne University ESL Program --- Students accepted to study ONLY ESL are not required to submit any TOEFL scores.