​​​​English Language Proficiency​​​ 

​Having a strong understanding of the English language is important for success at the University. That’s why we want to make sure you can demonstrate English proficiency before you begin your undergraduate or graduate classes. 


If you need additional training in order to meet the English proficiency requirements for your program, you ​can enroll in the CEA-accredited Intensive English Language Program (IELP) that you can enroll in and improve your English prior to taking classes​, or you can take classes in needed areas of focus simultaneously with your academic coursework.


How do I know if I need to meet this requirement? 


Undergraduate Students


If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, you do not need to provide an English language test score.

If your high school/secondary education was completed at an English Medium* high school, you must provide verification documentation that your school is an English Medium high school; and are exempted from providing IELTS/TOEFL/PTE English Scores in lieu of preferred English documentation provided by their school at 

  • ​​​a CEFR B2 equivalent level or 

  • an ACT score of 20, SAT score of 1040.  ​

If your high school/secondary school education was completed at a school that was taught in English but follows the country's national curriculum (English Version School**) you are exempted from providing IELTS/TOEFL/PTE English s​cores in lieu of preferred English documentation provided by their school/government at:

  • a CEFR B2 equivalent level or 

  • an ACT score of 20, SAT score of 1040.

Students from an English Version School will participate in the University's Foundations Program/Bridge Program during their first year at Findlay.  The program is designed to ensure student success at UF. The Foundations Program is six hours of ESL support for the first semester of direct admit that includes two credit hours of culture and four credit hours of college writing. The second semester includes college writing II for an additional four credit hours. 


English Test Score Requirements for Undergraduate Students Not Exempted based on Above Information


  • TOEFL Minimum Score: 61
  • IELTS Minimum Score: 6.0
  • iTEP Minimum Score: 3.5
  • PTE Academic Minimum Score: 50
  • Duolingo Minimum Score: 95

If your English language test score is below the minimum score, you can be conditionally accepted to the University of Findlay and enroll in the IELP program so you can work to improve your scores. Once you have improved your scores, you can begin classes in your course of study at Findlay.


Graduate Students

  • If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, you do not need to provide an English language test score.
  • ​Prospective graduate students are exempted from IELP/TOEFL/PTE scores provided that they can authenticate their CEFR level at a C1 equivalent level or above. If you attended an English-speaking university, you may also not have to provide language test scores. Contact [email protected] with questions, or complete the application and upload your academic credentials to be evaluated for exemption.​ ​

English Test Score Requirements for Graduate Students Not Exempted based on Above Information


  • TOEFL Minimum Score: 79​
  • IELTS Minimum Score: 6.5
  • PTE Academic Minimum Score: 61
  • Duolingo Minimum Score: 105

​If your English language test score is below the minimum score, you can be conditionally accepted to the University of Findlay and enroll in the IELP program so you can work to improve your scores. Once you have improved your scores, you can begin classes in your course of study at Findlay.



*An English Medium School uses English as the language of instruction and follows the American or British curriculum. For those schools, the Cambridge or Edexcel is used, and the schools would most often receive a CERF or Cambridge exam score.
** An English Version School uses English as the language of instruction but follows its own national curriculum and English national exam system.   ​