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English Proficiency Requirements by Country

NOTE: International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. Regardless of U.S. residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary and/or post-secondary education has been outside the US in a country where English is not the primary language. Applicants whose degree was completed in English in another country may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.  Please contact the Applications & Admissions Coordinator to confirm your English proficiency requirement.
 

  Country
  Required
  Official Language
 
Yes
No
 
Afghanistan
x
 
Dari
Albania
x
 
Albanian
Algeria
x
 
Arabic
Andorra
x
 
Catalan
Angola
x
 
Portuguese
Antigua & Barbuda
 
x
English
Argentina
x
 
Spanish
Armenia
x
 
Armenian
Aruba
x
 
Dutch
Australia
 
x
English
Austria
x
 
German
Azerbaijan
x
 
Azerbaijani
Bahamas
 
x
English
Bahrain
x
 
Arabic
Bangladesh
x
 
Bengali/Bangla
Barbados
 
x
English
Belarus
x
 
Belarusian, Russian
Belgium
x
 
Dutch, French, German
Belize
 
x
English
Benin
x
 
French
Bermuda
 
x
English
Bhutan
x
 
Dzongka
Bolivia
x
 
Spanish
Bosnia & Herzegovina
x
 
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Botswana
 
x
English
Brazil
x
 
Portuguese
Brunei Darassalam
x
 
Malay
Bulgaria
x
 
Bulgarian
Burkino Faso
x
 
French
Burma
x
 
Burmese
Burundi
x
 
Kirundi/French
Cambodia
x
 
Khmer
Cameroon
x
 
French, English
Canada
 
x
English, French
Cape Verde
x
 
Portuguese
Cayman Islands
 
x
English
Central African Republic
x
 
French
Chad
x
 
French, Arabic
Chile
x
 
Spanish
China
x
 
Mandarin Chinese
Colombia
x
 
Spanish
Comoros
x
 
Shikomoro, Arabic, French
Congo, Democratic Republic of
x
 
French
Congo, Republic of
x
 
French
Costa Rica
x
 
Spanish
Cote d’Ivoire
x
 
French
Croatia
x
 
Croatian
Cuba
x
 
Spanish
Cyprus
x
 
Greek, Turkish, English
Czech Republic
x
 
Czech
Denmark
x
 
Danish
Djibouti
x
 
French, Arabic
Dominica
 
x
English
Dominican Republic
x
 
Spanish
East Timor
x
 
Portuguese
Ecuador
x
 
Spanish
Egypt
x
 
Arabic
El Salvador
x
 
Spanish
Equatorial Guinea
x
 
Spanish
Eritrea
x
 
Tigrinya, Tigre
Estonia
x
 
Estonian
Ethiopia
x
 
Amharic
Fiji
 
x
English
Finland
x
 
Finnish
France
x
 
French
Gabon
x
 
French
Gambia
 
x
English
Georgia
x
 
Georgian
Germany
x
 
German
Ghana
 
x
English
Greece
x
 
Greek
Grenada
 
x
English
Guatemala
x
 
Spanish
Guinea
x
 
French
Guinea-Bissau
x
 
Portuguese
Guyana
 
x
English
Haiti
x
 
French
Holy See, The
x
 
Italian
Honduras
x
 
Spanish
Hong Kong
x
 
Cantonese
Hungary
x
 
Hungarian (Magyar)
Iceland
x
 
Icelandic
India
x
 
Hindi
Indonesia
x
 
Indonesian
Iran
x
 
Persian
Iraq
x
 
Arabic
Ireland
 
x
English
Israel
x
 
Hebrew
Italy
x
 
Italian
Jamaica
 
x
English
Japan
x
 
Japanese
Jordan
x
 
Arabic
Kazakhstan
x
 
Kazakh/Russian
Kenya
 
x
English
Kiribati
 
x
English
Kuwait
x
 
Arabic
Kyrgyzstan
x
 
Kyrgyz, Russian
Laos
x
 
Lao
Latvia
x
 
Latvian
Lebanon
x
 
Arabic
Lesotho
x
 
Sesotho, English
Liberia
 
x
English
Libya
x
 
Arabic
Liechtenstein
x
 
German
Lithuania
x
 
Lithuanian
Luxembourg
x
 
Luxembourgish, French, German
Macau
x
 
Portuguese, Chinese
Macedonia
x
 
Macedonian
Madagascar
x
 
Malagasy
Malawi
 
x
English
Malaysia
x
 
Malay
Maldives
x
 
Dhivehi
Mali
x
 
French
Malta
x
 
Maltese
Marshall Islands
x
 
Marshallese
Mauritania
x
 
Arabic
Mexico
x
 
Spanish
Mauritius
x
 
French, English
Micronesia
 
x
English
Moldova
x
 
Romanian
Mongolia
x
 
Khalkha Mongol
Monoco
x
 
French
Morocco
x
 
Arabic
Montenegro
x
 
Montenegrin
Mozambique
x
 
Portuguese
Namibia
 
x
English
Nauru
x
 
Nauruan, English
Nepal
x
 
Nepali
Netherlands
x
 
Dutch
Netherlands Antilles
x
 
Dutch
New Zealand
 
x
English
Nicaragua
x
 
Spanish
Niger
x
 
French
Nigeria
 
x
English
North Korea
x
 
Korean
Norway
x
 
Norwegian
Oman
x
 
Arabic
Pakistan
x
 
Urdu
Palau
 
x
English
Panama
x
 
Spanish
Papua New Guinea
 
x
English
Paraguay
x
 
Spanish
Peru
x
 
Spanish
Philippines
x
 
Pilipino
Poland
x
 
Polish
Portugal
x
 
Portuguese
Qatar
x
 
Arabic
Romania
x
 
Romanian
Russia
x
 
Russian
Rwanda
x
 
Kinyarunda, French, English
Samoa
x
 
Samoan, English
San Marino
x
 
Italian
Sao Tome and Principe
x
 
Portuguese
Saudi Arabia
x
 
Arabic
Senegal
x
 
French
Serbia
x
 
Serbian
Seychelles
x
 
Creole, English & French
Sierra Leone
 
x
English
Singapore
 
x
English
Slovakia
x
 
Slovak
Slovenia
x
 
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
 
x
English
Somalia
x
 
Somali
South Africa
 
x
Afrikaans, English
South Korea
x
 
Korean
Spain
x
 
Spanish
Sri Lanka
x
 
Sinhala, Tamil
St Kitts & Nevis
 
x
English
St Lucia
 
x
English
St Vincent & the Grenadines
 
x
English
Sudan
x
 
Arabic
Suriname
x
 
Dutch
Swaziland
x
 
Siswati, English
Sweden
x
 
Swedish
Switzerland
x
 
German, French, Italian, Romansch
Syria
x
 
Arabic
Taiwan
x
 
Mandarin Chinese
Tajikistan
x
 
Tajik
Tanzania
x
 
Kiswahili
Thailand
x
 
Thai
Togo
x
 
French
Tonga
x
 
Tongan, English
Trinidad & Tobago
 
x
English
Tunisia
x
 
Arabic
Turkey
x
 
Turkish
Turkmenistan
x
 
Turkmen
Tuvalu
x
 
Tuvuluan, English
Uganda
 
x
English
Ukraine
x
 
Ukrainian
United Arab Emirates
x
 
Arabic
United Kingdom
 
x
English
Uruguay
x
 
Spanish
Uzbekistan
x
 
Uzbek
Vanuatu
x
 
Bislama, English
Venezuela
x
 
Spanish
Vietnam
x
 
Vietnamese
Yemen
x
 
Arabic
Zambia
 
x
English
Zimbabwe
 
x
English

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