Language Requirements

All new undergraduate students applying as degree and non-degree students must provide evidence of academic English proficiency with the admission application. The University does not exempt applicants from this requirement solely on the basis of citizenship or graduation from an English-medium secondary school.

Applicants who satisfy one or more of the following criteria qualify for an exemption:

  • Students who spent the last four consecutive years of their secondary school in a country where the official language is English and the language of instruction in their secondary school is English.
  • Students who have completed College Board Advanced Placement tests (English Language and Composition) course with grades 4 and above may be exempted and granted transfer credits.
  • Students with an old verbal SAT 1 score of 1000 on the English components, with a minimum score of 450 on each component, will be exempted from the English placement exam and placed into RHET 1010.
  • Successful completion of one or more non-remedial, university-level English courses.
  • Successful completion of English-medium secondary school coursework and examinations that qualify for advanced placement, including the International Baccalaureate diploma program.

TOEFL/IELTS scores are required of an applicant who does not attend an English-language university in an English-speaking country.

Applicants not exempted must submit official test results from the TOEFL/IELTS. Tests must be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which applicants are applying for admission.

The University determines English-language placement using applicants’ highest score on the TOEFL/IELTS. AUC may offer the accepted applicants who do not qualify for rhetoric and composition the opportunity to enroll in AUC’s Intensive English Program (IEP) or Academic English for the Liberal Arts (ELA). Both IEP and ELA serve as the University’s bridge courses to the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. IEP students must complete the program within a time period not to exceed two full semesters and a summer session. ELA students also must complete their coursework in a period not to exceed two full semesters and a summer session.