English Proficiency Requirements

Academic success at the University of Miami depends on one’s ability to communicate effectively in English. Students can prove their language proficiency in two ways:

  1. Submit official transcripts indicating they completed their most recent three years (full time) in a high school (secondary school), college, or university in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or another country in which the primary language is English and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was exclusively English.
  2. Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • TOEFL Code: 5815

The University of Miami reserves the right to retest any student’s English-language proficiency upon arrival, including those who have a passing score on the aforementioned tests.

Conditional Admission

Academically admissible applicants who do not meet the University of Miami's English proficiency requirements may be offered Conditional Admission. If conditionally admitted, students will attend the University of Miami's IEP.

IEP is a world-class English-language program located in the heart of the University of Miami campus. Depending on placement, students must successfully complete level five of the IEP or successfully pass the TOEFL offered at UM. Upon completing the highest level of English instruction, students will be granted full admission to the University. Visit the IEP page for additional information.

Results from the November test (for Early Decision I) or the January test (for Regular Decision) may not arrive in time for the committee’s consideration. Be sure to include UM's CEEB code on all test registrations.

Waiving English-Language Proficiency Requirements               

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Currently attending and graduating from a high school in the United States
  • Successful completion of Level 5 of the University of Miami Intensive English Program
  • IB English A1 SL or HL examination with a predicted score of 4 or higher
  • IB English B HL examination with a predicted score of 5 or higher
  • Grade of C or better on the IGCSE/GCE “O” or “A” Level in English language
  • Completion of high school (secondary school), including the final three years, in a country where English is the native language
  • Earned 30 college credits (including 6 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university