International students must demonstrate English proficiency to enter a degree-seeking program at Western Michigan University. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements to begin academic coursework may begin in the WMU Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS).
Students may demonstrate English proficiency in any of the following ways:
- Minimum English proficiency test scores:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 71 iBT undergraduate, 80 iBT graduate (WMU Institutional Code: 1902)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.0 undergraduate, 6.5 graduate
Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 48 undergraduate, 54 graduate
Duolingo: 95 undergraduate, 105 graduate
- International Baccalaureate, grade of 5 in English at the Higher Level
- General Certificate of Education: A grade of A, B, or C in English from one of the five British-based examining boards undergraduate, a grade of A or B in English from one of the five British-based examining boards graduate
- Successful completion of ELS level 112
- Successful completion of either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education from select countries meets WMU English language proficiency requirements
- Successful completion of a WMU Pathway II or the final level in the WMU Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS)
- Cambridge Advanced English Certificate: A grade of A, B, or C undergraduate, a grade of A or B graduate
- SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing Subscore (EBRW): 500
- Michigan English Test (MET): 48 undergraduate, 57 graduate
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): B2 undergraduate, C1 graduate
The following graduate degree programs require higher English proficiency scores: Accountancy (M.S.); Chemistry (M.S.); Music Education (M.M.); Music Therapy (M.M.); Sociology (M.A.); Sociology (Ph.D.); Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A.).
Select Countries that Meet English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who have successfully completed either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education from one of the countries listed below do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.
* English language proficiency test will only be waived for applicants from English language educational systems.