English Proficiency Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Boston University. Visiting international students are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for Summer Term Registration. Students are expected to have English proficiency levels equivalent to:

  • Minimum of 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • Minimum of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Exceptions to this rule include students currently attending a college/university in the United States or students who can submit documentation showing English is the primary language of instruction at their home institution.

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.

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 transcript.