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English Proficiency Requirement

Per U.S. Department of State regulations, an “objective measurement” must be used to evaluate English proficiency and determine that J-1 applicants possess sufficient language skills to participate successfully in a program and to function on a day-to-day basis.

The objective measurements accepted by UMMC include:

1.       Recognized English test;

          The following scores are adequate to fulfill the English proficiency requirement.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a score of 6.5 or higher on the academic module.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a score of 80 or higher on the iBT; or 550 or higher on the paper-based test; or 213 on the computer-based test.
2.       Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school; or
 
3.       A documented interview conducted either in-person, by videoconferencing, or by telephone by the sponsor and a previously designated member of the department’s administrative staff. Please use the Certification of English Language Proficiency form to document the interview. The Questions for Assessing English Proficiency can be utilized as a guide.

Exemption from English Proficiency

Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned a US bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States.

Also, applicants who have completed a degree program at universities in the following countries may be exempt from showing proof of proficiency in English.

 

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bhutan

Botswana

Canada

The Cayman Islands

Dominica

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gambia

Ghana

Grenada

Guyana

Hong Kong

India

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Kiribati

Lesotho

Liberia

Malawi

Marshall Islands

Micronesia

Namibia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Pakistan

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa±

Swaziland

Tanzania

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States of America

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

 

                

*Some applicants from these countries may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as not all universities in these areas teach solely in English.