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English Proficiency

Santa Clara requires a minimum level of English proficiency of all our applicants.  The level of English proficiency required differs based on area of interest.

TOEFL and IELTS 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to SCU, institution codes listed below.  

TOEFL scores expire after two years from the original test date and are no longer available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) after that time.  

If students have questions about the validity of their TOEFL scores they should contact ETS:.  If ETS is able to send an applicant's valid scores, SCU will accept them.  SCU will not accept expired or self-reported test scores nor copies of test reports.  
 
TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted from:
  • Applicants whose native language is not English.  Native language is defined as the language an applicant grew up speaking in family, community and nation.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have earned an undergraduate degree from a college/university in a country where the native language is not English.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have earned a master's degree in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Anglophone Canada.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English but transferred to a college/university in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Anglophone Canada.
The only exemption for this requirement is for applicants who native language is not English but who early (or will earn prior to enrollment at SCU) a bachelor's degree or a Ph.D. in its entirety in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Anglophone Canada.  Receiving a bachelor's degree in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria or Singapore does not exempt applicants from he English Language proficiency requirement.

Undergraduate

Visit the Undergrad Admission International Student section for requirements.

Graduate 

Leavey School of Business

Engineering 

Education and Counseling Psychology 

Law School 

Pastoral Ministries

Jesuit School of Theology

Non-Degree

Our Non-Degree Visiting and Exchange students are required to demonstrate the same English proficiency as degree-seeking Undergraduate and Graduate students.