Skip to main content


Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
Fax: 202-885-3354
Butler Pavilion, Room 410

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Mondays: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041

English Proficiency Requirements

Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must generally take one of the following exams and achieve the indicated scores in order to demonstrate English proficiency.

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

The general English Proficiency requirements for graduate study at American University are given below.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: Score 100 or higher (600 on the paper-based test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Score 7.0 or higher
  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor's or master's degree from a US-accredited institution in the United States (or abroad) may be exempt from the English-language proficiency test requirement.

Please see your individual school or college for more information on the English Proficiency Requirement.  Please click on the relevant link below:

English Tests

For more information or registration forms for the following tests, please contact:

  • TOEFL Educational Testing Service
    P.O. Box 6151Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA Phone: + 001-609-771-7100 E-mail: toefl@ets.orgWeb:
  • IELTS Registration Office
    International House/San Francisco49 Powell StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102 USAPhone: + 001-415-989-4473E-mail: