University of North Texas


What are UNT's English language requirements?

How to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency (ELP)

All applicants to UNT must show proof of English language proficiency.

UNT accepts any 1 of the following 4 measures as proof of English language proficiency:

1. Complete Level 6 at UNT's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI):

The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at the University of North Texas helps international students develop academic skills in English. These skills prepare students for success in UNT degree programs and beyond. **we do not accept intensive English language completion from other institutions

When you complete Level 6 of the IELI program, you will be qualified to apply for: 

  • All undergraduate degree programs
  • Most graduate degree programs (check with your department)

Learn more about UNT's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).

2. Complete a Qualifying Academic Program

U.S. High School:

Official transcript showing graduation from accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense School overseas-attended for at least 3 years

U.S. Degree:

Official transcript of U.S. accredited Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree

1) High School Diploma or 2) College/University Degree or 3) Citizenship from one of the below English speaking countries (not the United States):

**Official transcripts and degrees will need to be provided ** Schools of attendance must be recognized by UNT

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua/Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Guyana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica/other West Indies
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caico Isle
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands

3. Achieve a Qualifying Score on an English Language Proficiency Test Accepted by UNT:

Arrange to have official test scores sent to UNT.

  • UNT test score reporting code (TOEFL, SAT, GRE/GMAT): 6481
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores must have been taken in the last 2 years. The only exception when a student can submit a score for a test taken more than 2 years ago is if the student has been continuously studying at a college or university within the U.S.
AP English Language & Composition Exams Score of 5
GCE (General Certificate of Education), GCSE, IGCSE (except Sri Lanka)
C or higher in English Language
**IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution.
Overall band 6.5 or higher
**TOEL scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution. We do not accept Institutional TOEFL scores from other schools..
Internet-Based (IBT): 79
Paper-Based: 550
West Africa and Kenya: WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination, KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education), NECO (National Examinations Council) B or higher in English Language
SATI taken prior to March, 2016 500 or higher on both sections
SATI taken after March, 2016 560 or higher on EBRW
CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam) B or higher
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency) C or higher
MELAB (official version) 80 or higher

4. Complete Qualifying Courses, Degrees or Diplomas:

IB (International Baccalaureate)

Grade 5 or above on the Higher-Level English A1 subject

English composition 1 & 2

Students must complete English composition 1 & 2 with a grade of B or better in BOTH courses at an accredited U.S. college or university, which also must count as transferrable courses to UNT. ESL courses will not count as transferrable courses.