English Proficiency Requirements

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

Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • TOEFL Code: C730
  • IELTS Code: 4861

For non-native English speakers submitting the TOEFL or IELTS, competitive applicants generally score above the following:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • 6.5 on the IELTS

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

Non-native English speakers who have submitted TOEFL and/or IELTS results and do not have competitive scores may be considered for conditional admission. 

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:

  • Obtain a score of 650 or higher on the redesigned SAT evidence-based reading and writing section (administered beginning in 2016).
  • Obtain a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtain a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) English course(s).
  • Graduate from or attend at least three years at a high school in the United States.
  • Successfully complete Level 5 of the University’s Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • IB English A1 Standard level (SL) or Higher Level (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.
  • Graduate from or attend a high school outside the United States, including the final three years, in which the medium of instruction is English.
  • Earn 30 or more postsecondary credits (including 6 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Conditional Admission

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