Requirements & Deadlines
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting acceptable scores on one of the English proficiency tests listed below. These scores must have been earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. Applications submitted with English proficiency scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied.
|Minimum English Proficiency Scores for Admission|
- Has scored a 79 or higher on the internet‐based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Has scored a 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE‐A)
Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the testing agency, but applicants should upload unofficial copies of their test score reports to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores are received from the testing agency.
Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should contact INTO University of South Florida for information on its Academic English program for international students.
The English proficiency examination requirement may be waived for admission if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
- The applicant's native language is English, or
- Has scored the equivalent of 153 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
- Has earned a college bachelor's or graduate degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning, or
- Has earned a college bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript or on an official Certificate of Medium of Instruction from the institution)
|English Speaking Countries Exempt from the English proficiency examination requirement|
- Canada except Quebec (French)
- Cayman Islands
- Commonwealth Caribbean, Including Belize
- England (U.K.)
- Irish Republic
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa (when English is the first language)
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent & Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States except Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
NOTE: International students from countries from predominantly English-Speaking Countries who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship must show proficiency in spoken English even if their English proficiency examination requirement has been waived for admission to a graduate program.