English Language Proficiency

International undergraduate applicants with an educational record from a foreign country whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Duolingo English Test or IELTS exam for admissions purposes. TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS scores must be sent directly from the educational testing service. UTRGV will not accept residual TOEFL exams taken at another institution. The minimum scores for the tests are as follow: TOEFL IBT 61, TOEFL PB 500, Duolingo 95, and IELTS 6. The UTRGV school code for TOEFL is 7585.


  1. Applicants from the following English-only countries do not need to submit the TOEFL/IELTS:
America Samoa Dominica New Zealand
Anguilla Gambia Nigeria
Antigua/Barbuda Ghana Saint Kitts and Nevis
Australia Gibraltar St. Helena
Bahamas Grand Cayman St. Lucia
Barbados Grenada St. Vincent
Belize Guyana Trinidad/Tobago
Bermuda Ireland Turks & Caicos Islands
British Virgin Islands Jamaica United Kingdom
Canada (except Quebec) Liberia Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands Montserrat


  1. Applicants who have recently and successfully completed at least 30 credit hours from an accredited university in one of the countries listed above.
  1. Applicants who have completed two semesters of freshmen English composition in a U.S. institution and earned a “C” or better.
  1. Applicants who have successfully completed the highest ESL Advanced Level course through the UTRGV Language Institute.
  1. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. Higher Education Institution.
  1. Applicants who have successfully completed three years of high school in the U.S.

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