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IUPUI Office of
International Admissions

902 W. New York St.,
ES 2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
Phone: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 278-2213

Front Desk Hours
Monday - Friday,
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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English Proficiency Requirements for Undergraduate Admission Purposes

All non-native speakers of English must present evidence of English language proficiency as part of their application to IUPUI. You may demonstrate your proficiency in English for an undergraduate program in one of four ways. Click on the following options to view details:

  • Option 1: Submit an Approved English Proficiency Exam Score
    • Exam Minimum Score for Admission Notes
      TOEFL (iBT) 60 School Code: 1325
      Results must be sent from ETS
      IELTS 5.5 Submit official score results directly to the Office of International Affairs
      SAT (Verbal) 400 School Code: 1325
      Results must be sent from ETS
      ACT (English) 17 School Code: 1214
      Results must be sent from ETS
      GSCE or GCE (Ordinary Level) Subject Pass in English Grade A-C
      IUPUI EAP Placement Exam Place into course GO11 May be taken by students living locally
      Test scores valid for one year
      STEP Eiken “Pre-First” Grade Available only for residents of Japan
      Pearson Test of English Academic 45


  • Option 2: Complete Approved University-Level Coursework
    • Approved Coursework Minimum Completion Requirement for Admission EAP Test Exemption* Notes
      Freshman English Composition Course "C" grade or higher, from a regionally accredited U.S. University Yes The course must be equivalent to IUPUI's English Composition course, W131
      International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A1 or A2 Certificate, grade of 4 or higher Yes You will receive credit for IUPUI's English Composition course, W131
      Bachelor's Degree Completed Yes From a U.S. or other English-speaking Country
      *See description of EAP exam at the bottom of this page
  • Option 3: Graduate from an approved ELS Language Center
    • Level Approved ELS Centers Notes
      Level 109 Any center located in the US or Canada IUPUI grants Conditional Admission to students applying to both ELS and IUPUI, who meet all admission standards except for English Proficiency. Learn more about the Indianapolis ELS Center
  • Option 4: Complete Secondary Education and Hold Designated Exempt Country Citizenship
    • Degree Type Requirement EAP Test Exemption* Notes
      Secondary education and hold citizenship from country designated by IUPUI as qualifying for a "Proof of English Proficiency Exemption" Degree earned No
      *See description of EAP exam at the bottom of this page
  • Conditional Admission is Available
    • IUPUI offers conditional admission to students who meet academic requirements for admission. Students who submit complete academic documents that meet IUPUI's admission requirements, along with a completed application and the application fee, will automatically receive a conditional admission letter.

      Students who are not proficient English are invited to apply to the ELS Language Center located just blocks from the IUPUI campus, in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.

      ELS offers Intensive Academic English instruction, (30 hours per week) organized over 4-week sessions. Four weeks are required to complete each level in the 12-level curriculum. ELS's 12-level program ranges from absolute beginner to the highly advanced level needed for university entry.

      Students can indicate on the IUPUI application that they would like to attend ELS Language Center in Indianapolis. We will coordinate with the ELS Language Center in Indianapolis to send a conditional letter of admission.

  • EAP – Placement Exam for Admitted Students
    • Admitted students from countries where English is not the predominant native language take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) placement exam during new international student orientation, even though they've already submitted proof of English Proficiency for admission.

      This exam is not an admission requirement, but simply a placement exam. IUPUI offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. The placement exam determines if you would need to take any of these courses. If so, you would take these EAP courses alongside courses required for your academic program. Learn more about EAP Placement Exam.

      In rare cases, an admitted student may place below IUPUI's EAP course offerings. In this case, the student would not be allowed to enroll in academic classes at IUPUI, but would be referred for intensive English study at the ELS Language Center in Indianapolis.
      Learn more about ELS Language Center in Indianapolis.

      Exemptions for the EAP Placement Exam are given only to the following students:

      • Citizen of a country where English is the predominate native Language*
        *Education credentials must also be from this country.
      • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holders, who earn a Higher Level English A1 or A2 Certificate.
      • Students who have completed a Freshman English Composition Course from an English-Speaking University, with a grade of "C" or higher in the past two years. The course must be equivalent to IUPUI's W131 course.
      • Students who have earned Bachelor's degree or higher from an IUPUI-designated native English-Speaking country within the past two years