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English Language Requirements

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, you must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. Earn a high school diploma, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college or university. Please note that completion of a GED does not satisfy the English Language Requirement.
  2. Complete the equivalent of a high school education or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in one of the following countries:
    Recognized English-speaking Countries
    American Samoa Ghana Saint Kitts & Nevis
    Anguilla Gibraltar Saint Lucia
    Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Saint Helena
    Australia Guam South Africa
    Bahamas Guyana St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    Barbados Ireland, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
    Belize Jamaica Turks & Caicos Islands
    Bermuda Liberia United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales)
    Canada (except the Province of Quebec) Micronesia Islands, Federated States of United States
    Cayman Islands Montserrat Virgin Islands
    Dominica New Zealand Zimbabwe
    Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Nigeria
  3. Achieve an Approved English Proficiency Test Score 

    Take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or the Duolingo English Test and meet the score requirements below.
    TOEFL (iBT) IELTS Overall Duolingo English Test
    79 6.5 105

    TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo English test scores expire two full years after the test date. 

    How to Send Test Scores 
    Test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of Houston.  

    The UH Institution code for TOEFL is 6870. For IELTS and Duolingo English Test scores, the testing agency should send score reports to University of Houston, Undergraduate Admissions.  

  4. Complete Qualifying College-Level Courses 
    Transfer applicants may have their English Language Proficiency Requirement waived by completing 30 or more semester credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, including the course equivalent to both UH English Composition 1 and 2 (ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302) with a grade of “C” or better. 
  5. Complete Level 6 of UH’s Intensive English Program at the University of Houston's Language and Culture Center.