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International graduate applicants must possess proficiency in English at a level that enables them to succeed in graduate-level studies. The University of Pittsburgh uses the official results of the Duolingo English Test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a measure of English language proficiency. Applications will not be processed until the required test results are submitted, or eligibility for an exemption has been verified. Only original official test scores received directly from test administration agencies are accepted. Electronic submission is preferred. Copies of test results are not acceptable.

Verification of English Language Proficiency for undergraduate applicants is determined by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh.

Verification is required unless the following apply:   

  • The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English.
  • The applicant has completed a degree program at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • The applicant is not a citizen of a country whose official language is English but has completed a degree program at an institution outside of the U.S. where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.

Minimum Scores Accepted

English Language Proficiency Chart (click image to view PDF):


Information for Admitted Students

Students with a Duolingo score of less than 120, a TOEFL score of less than 100 on the internet-based test, or less than Band 7.0 on the IELTS, will be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test to better assess their English Language skills. The results of this exam may be used to recommend (not require) additional English language instruction that may supplement your education. If you have additional questions about the test, please click here. International students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss proficiency test results and recommendations.