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International students who are from countries whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must meet English proficiency requirements for the Graduate College as outlined in the ASU academic catalog.
International students applying to graduate programs in the Department of English at ASU must submit evidence of English proficiency. This can be done in one of three ways:
1. One of the following results on a standardized English proficiency test: (a) 100 (iBT) or 600 (PBT) or higher on the TOEFL; (b) 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. The MTESOL program will also accept a 68 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA).
2. A grade of "A" in all Advanced 2 classes in the ASU Global Launch Program (https://learnenglish.asu.edu/);
3. One of the following from a regionally accredited college/university in the US: (a) a bachelor's degree or higher; (b) at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (c) at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
A minimum score of 55 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) is also required for teaching assistants.
The TOEFL exam is the only exam offered through ASU University Testing. For TOEFL information and test dates at ASU contact University Testing Service.
The SPEAK exam is only offered through Global Launch.
For general information about the TOEFL, Test of Written English and TSE, contact the Educational Testing Service.
Important Notice to Current Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.
The International Students and Scholars Center is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building (Room 170). ISSC offers information on maintaining visa status, employment and other important information to help international students. By providing a variety of services, including orientation, immigration advising, referrals and programming, ISSC assists international students in meeting people and adjusting to their new lives at ASU. 480-727-4776 firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Launch 480-965-2376. Global Launch is an intensive English as a second language program which prepares students for academic work at the university level. Students may enter the appropriate level classes several times during the year. Fees are separate from ASU tuition.
Curriculum Development and Support is designed to assist in enhancing the quality of writing and critical thinking skills of university students. The Writing Center provides students with one on one and group tutoring in writing skills. The Writing Center is located in Hayden Library, C-52 or contact 480-965-4272.
The Polytechnic Writing Center and the West Writing Center offer international students a safe space to practice their English speaking skills in a small, interactive group. Sign up online or call 480-965-9072.