English Language Requirement for International Applicants

TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, AEPP-EAP Test Requirements:

All non-native English speaking undergraduate international applicants must demonstrate English language competency in one of the following ways BEFORE they can enroll in a degree program at the University of New Haven:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Pearson Test of English
  • iTEP
  • An AEPP Certificate of Completion of Advanced Level 4, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Conditional Admission:

The University of New Haven offers Conditional Admission, in the form of a conditional acceptance letter only, to international students who are academically admissible but need to improve their English language abilities before beginning their academic studies at the University of New Haven.

The University of New Haven does not issue conditional I-20s for students seeking F-1 visa status if they have only been granted "Conditional Admission".

This means that if you have no TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test scores or if you have a low TOEFL score (below 80 IBT) or a low IELTS score (below 6.5) or a low PTE score (below 53), you can still apply to the undergraduate program of your choice at the University. If the Admissions Committee determines that your application meets all the requirements for admission except for the English language requirement, you will be granted a “Conditional Acceptance" also known as "Conditional Admission".

Conditional Admission provides you with the assurance that once you meet the University's English language and financial requirements, you will receive a University of New Haven I-20 and you will be allowed to enroll and begin your academic classes at the University of New Haven. Conditionally accepted students may opt to apply for an English language training I-20 through the University of New Haven Academic Preparatory program (AEPP), which will allow them to come to the U.S. to study English as a Second Language before starting their academic classes at the University of New Haven. Please read below for more information.

Academic English Preparatory Program:

The University of New Haven Academic English Preparatory Program is a comprehensive pre-academic English for academic purposes program. It addresses the needs of students who intend to pursue undergraduate or graduate degree studies at the University of New Haven upon completion of their Academic English Preparatory Program. Designed to prepare students for optimal academic success, content is specifically tailored to a student's major, and support for adjusting to American culture is included as part of this program. Academic English Language Proficiency training in Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, as well as, other academic study skills are provided to students during each 4-month semester term.

For more information on this program, please visit the Academic English Preparatory Program webpage.