TOEFL/IELTS

Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are not required for Summer Term registration, with the exception of Metropolitan College Administrative Sciences graduate courses. However, English is the language of instruction at Boston University, and a high degree of competency is assumed. Most academic programs expect students to have English proficiency levels equivalent to:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
  • 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

For information on these tests, visit the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org or the IELTS website at www.ielts.org. Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates.

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement may wish to contact Boston University’s Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) for information about English language instruction programs.

College of Communication (COM), School of Management (SMG), and College of General Studies (CGS)

During the academic year, the College of Communication, School of Management, and College of General Studies require minimum scores of 7 on the IELTS, 600 on the TOEFL PBT, or minimum scores on the TOEFL iBT of 25 in reading, 21 in listening, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing. These competency levels are strongly recommended for international students who wish to study at Boston University during the summer.

Metropolitan College (MET) Administrative Sciences

International students interested in enrolling in Metropolitan College Administrative Sciences graduate courses must demonstrate the ability to read and write with proficiency in English. Students whose native language is not English must submit results from one of the tests below.

  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 84, with section minimum scores of 21 in reading, 18 in listening, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing
  • IELTS: Total minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each section

Students who have completed four years of study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university, may have the language testing requirement waived. In addition to test results, students interested in enrolling in Metropolitan College Administrative Sciences graduate courses must submit a copy of their undergraduate transcipt.