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English Proficiency

The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English. This helps ensure that students who speak English as a second language are able to participate fully in university life, both in and out of class.

"Satisfactory scores on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and (for graduate applicants) the verbal GRE (Graduate Record Examination) are required for applications at the junior/senior transfer and graduate levels. Acceptable minimums are:

  • IELTS: 6
  • MELAB: 77
  • TOEFL (Internet): 80
  • TOEFL (Paper): 550
  • Verbal GRE (from tests before August 1, 2011): 320
  • Verbal GRE (from tests from August 1, 2011 onward): 140
  • IELTS/MELAB/TOEFL Exemptions:

    • International students whose native language is English
    • International students who have already spent at least one academic year at a college or university in a country where English is the official language, excluding intensive English language programs
    • International students from the following countries also do not have to take TOEFL: Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Islas Malvinas, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Virgin Islands, Western Samoa and Zimbabwe.
    • Graduate Students

      Florida law requires all non-U.S. students who are going to be graduate teaching assistants to prove adequate command of the English language. Before obtaining a graduate teaching assistantship, you must submit TSE (Test of Spoken English) or SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) scores that meet the acceptable minimums set by the university. More information on TSE and SPEAK.

      UF Academic Spoken English Program

      The UF Academic Spoken English Program provides courses designed to improve your English-language speaking and comprehension skills. You may choose to take a course if you do not feel confident about your skills in these areas.

      You also may be required to take one course if the UF Graduate School or your department do not feel your skills are strong enough for competitive performance in the classroom or research arena. This program also monitors a non-U.S. student's SPEAK or TSE scores, which are required and must meet a certain minimum if you are going to be a graduate teaching assistant. More information.