English Requirements

There is no minimum English proficiency test score for undergraduate admission to KU. 

However, all applicants to KU must submit English proficiency test scores to be considered for admission. 

English proficiency test scores must be less than two years old. 

If you have a TOEFL iBT score below 79, a TOEFL paper based score of below 550, or an IELTS score below 6.5, you will be tested for English proficiency by the Applied English Center (AEC) when you arrive at KU. The AEC test will determine whether you enroll in full-time or part-time intensive English coursework or whether you will be eligible to begin full-time academic studies. 

If you have a score of 79 or above on the TOEFL iBT, 550 or above on the paper based TOEFL, or a 6.5 or above on the IELTS, and you have consistent subscores, you are not required to take the AEC test when you arrive on campus and will be qualified to enroll in full-time degree coursework. 


You do not have to submit English proficiency scores or take the AEC test if: 

  • You have taken 4 years of college preparatory English and graduated from high school with a 2.5 GPA in one of the following places: 
    • United States of America
    • The United Kingdom
    • Ireland
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • An English-speaking province of Canada
    • An English-speaking Caribbean country
    • Any US-accredited school located abroad
  • You are a transfer student who
    • Earned a B or better grade in English Composition 1 and 2 AND
      • Earned 24 or more credit-bearing hours toward a degree at an accredited US institution OR
      • Earned 24 credits in a country where English is the native language OR
      • Earned an associate's degree from a US-accredited post-secondary college


If you do not submit a passing test score or transcripts showing sufficient evidence of English coursework (as detailed above) at the time of admission, you have until the end of the first day of international student orientation to submit test scores or transcripts in order to be waived from the AEC English proficiency test on campus.