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English Language Requirements

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, you must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. Live in Australia, the British Isles, the Bahamas, English-speaking Canadian Provinces, Jamaica, New Zealand, Belize, Fiji Islands, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, or another country that uses English as a native language.
  2. Take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and meet the score requirements below.
    TOEFL (iBT) TOEFL (PBT) IELTS Overall
    79 550 6.5

    Please note: International transfer students may be exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score by completing 30 or more semester credit hours from a U.S. accredited institution of higher education, including coursework equivalent to UH English Composition ENGL 1303 and ENGL 1304 with a grade of “C” or better and/or the completion of an AA or AS degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

  3. Complete Level 6 of the Intensive English Program at the University of Houston's Language and Culture Center.