English language requirements
A proficiency in English is critical to achieving academic success at UC.
To be considered for acceptance to any of our campuses, you must demonstrate your mastery of English. If your native language is not English and English is not the language of instruction for your secondary/high school or college/university education, we require that you take one of these two tests:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (academic modules)
The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better for the Internet-based test and 550 or better for the paper-based test. The IELTS examination is accepted with a 7 or better band score (academic modules).
For admission selection, a UC campus may require a score higher than the minimum.
Be sure to arrange to have your scores reported to the undergraduate admissions office at each campus to which you apply. These scores must be received no later than January if you're applying for the fall term.
Information about these exams is available at most U.S. consulates and overseas U.S. educational advising offices, as well as by mail and online:
We strongly recommend that you take the test as early as possible, because your score may be a factor in whether or not we're able to admit you.
Language requirements after admission
Some UC campuses require that you take another examination in English immediately before the term in which you enter. If your score indicates a lack of proficiency, your program for several terms may include special English courses.
If your score shows that you are deficient in English, you'll be required to gain proficiency before you're allowed to pursue your studies at UC. You may do this in your home country or in the United States at a school that offers an intensive English language program. These programs are also offered through UC extension offices. All UC campuses offer special English language programs during the summer and, in some cases, during the academic year.