English Proficiency Requirements
The University of Oklahoma (Norman campus) requires that incoming exchange students demonstrate English language proficiency at a high-enough level to successfully participate in their coursework here on campus.
Students who are coming to the University of Oklahoma with the primary intention of learning English are encouraged to contact the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) http://www.esl.ou.edu/index.html for information about this program. It is not possible for incoming exchange students to obtain tuition & fee waivers to participate on CESL programs.
All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Evidence of English proficiency may be demonstrated with a TOEFL (paper based or internet based) or IELTS score. Incoming exchange students should meet or exceed the following minimum scores or their equivalent in order to enroll in undergraduate coursework:
TOEFL (paper based): 500
iBT TOEFL (Internet based): 61
- If a student comes from an English speaking university where courses are taught in English, this requirement can be waived.
Please note that some departments may restrict enrollment in undergraduate coursework to exchange students that have demonstrated English language proficiency scores that are lower than the regular OU Admissions score of 79. Contact the Office of Education Abroad for further details on what courses and programs of study are open to incoming exchange students at the University of Oklahoma.
Exchange students may not enroll in graduate level classes numbered 5000 or above unless they have met the Graduate College English language proficiency requirements and have obtained written permission from the course instructor via the exchange student adviser.
If enrolled in graduate-level courses, exchange students will receive undergraduate credit. They may not earn graduate credit for graduate-level courses and they may not later apply these credits to a graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma.
Minimum scores for access to graduate-level coursework are as follows:
TOEFL (paper based): 550
iBT TOEFL (Internet based): 79
Students planning to take law classes must be a law student at their home institution and have a TOEFL (iBT) of 90 or higher.
The University of Oklahoma TOEFL institution code is 6879. An official copy can be sent to the OU Admissions office but a copy of this score must be uploaded to the student application online at studyabroad.ou.edu