English Language Proficiency

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country in which English is a dominant language.

Three English proficiency exams are accepted for graduate study at UCSD.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) -- When ordering your TOEFL score reports, use UCSD's insitution code 4836 and the department code that most closely resembles the department to which you are applying. The department codes are located at the back of the TOEFL bulletin. TOEFL score reports are sent to the university four to six weeks after the test is administered. ETS will report scores no more than 2 years after the test date.

Arrangements for taking the TOEFL may be made through the nearest United States Embassy or the Educational Testing Service. Consult the TOEFL website for further information.

The university-wide minimum TOEFL score required for consideration for graduate admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT), and 80 for the internet based test (iBT). Department/Program minimums may vary, so please check your department requirements. Applicants with marginal scores on the TOEFL exam may be required to pass an English proficiency test upon arrival at UCSD or enroll in an English course until the required proficiency is attained.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

ELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.  Arrangements for taking the IELTS Academic Training exam may be made through the website.

The university-wide minimum IELTS Academic Training exam score required for consideration for graduate admission is Band Score 7. Department/Program minimums may vary, so please check your department requirements. Applicants with marginal scores on the IELTS exam may be required to pass an English proficiency test upon arrival at UCSD or enroll in an English course until the required proficiency is attained.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam -- Submit official test score reports to: Graduate Admissions, Mail Code 0003, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0003

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). For registration and test information consult the PTE website.

The minimum PTE Academic score required for graduate admission is Overall Score: 65.  Department/Program minimums may vary.

International Application Requirements