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 exemption:

  • Satisfactory scores on appropriate standardized tests including the old SAT and College Board Advanced Placement tests. Students with a 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. Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses with grades 4 and above may be granted transfer credits.
  • Successful completion of one or more non-remedial, university-level English courses.
  • Successful completion of English-medium secondary school course work and examinations that qualify for advanced placement, including the International Baccalaureate diploma program, the 13th year of Canadian education and the GCE A-Level Certificate in English.

Recent TOEFL/IELTS scores are required of an applicant who does not attend an English-language university or who has attended less than three semesters at a university where the language of instruction is English.

Applicants not exempted must submit recent 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 Freshmen (ENGL 0210). ENGL 0210 is the University’s bridge course between the IEP and the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. IEP students must complete the program in one calendar year (two semesters and the summer session).