English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required for admission and the issuance of the Form I-20/DS-2019. See Conditional Admission if you do not meet the requirements below.


  • TOEFL iBT – 79 undergraduate; 83 graduate
  • IELTS – 6.5 overall band score (undergraduate and graduate)
  • TOEIC – 650 undergraduate; 700 graduate
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced) – C1
  • PTE Academic (Pearson’s) – 53 undergraduate; 56 graduate
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing Score of 550 or higher – undergraduate only
  • Completion of UNAM – San Antonio’s Academic Preparation Course with above TOEFL equivalencies on exit exam
  • Duolingo English Test - 110 undergraduate; 115 graduate (Effective August 3, 2022 for the Spring 2023 term onward)

International Schools/Bi-National curriculum Exemptions

  • School awards US diploma
  • School holds US regional accreditation
  • IB diploma holders

Third Country Nationals

  • Any student (regardless of nationality) who completes secondary education or earns a tertiary degree from an accredited institution in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas or the United Kingdom will be exempt from submitting English proficiency scores. Other English speaking countries will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

International Students Studying in the United States

  • First Time in College – students graduating from a U.S. high school
  • Transfer Students
    • Completion of English Composition I and II (grade of C or better) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (online courses do NOT count)
    • A minimum of 24 degree seeking credits that transfer in to UIW with a grade of C or better earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (remedial, online and intensive English courses do NOT count)
  • Graduate/Doctoral – students graduating from a regionally accredited U.S. institution