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The mission of the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Oklahoma is to provide exemplary English language instruction, as well as cultural education to empower students to communicate successfully in social, academic, and professional settings.


Do you want to attend the top-ranked University of Oklahoma, but your TOEFL and IELTS scores are too low? A part of the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), OU Track allows qualified students to quickly improve their language skills in order to meet the requirements to attend the University of Oklahoma. OU Track is completed in one semester (two consecutive sessions) while at CESL.

Graduate students receive guidance from English language teaching professionals in reading, writing, critical thinking, and presentation strategies that will provide necessary tools for success in their master’s or PhD programs.


To qualify for the OU Track program, graduate applicants must do the following:

  • Obtain one of the following English proficiency test scores for:
    • IELTS composite score of 5.5 or 6.0
    • iBT TOEFL composite score of 61 to 78
    • PTE Academic composite score of 50
    • Duolingo English Test composite score of 100
  • Meet other academic unit requirements for admission


The OU Track program consists of the following:

  • One semester (two consecutive CESL sessions / approximately 12-14 weeks) of advanced course work at CESL; participants must achieve grades of B or higher in their courses
  • Participation in OU Track information sessions with OU Graduate  Admissions, International Student Services, and Academic Integrity

The OU Track program must be completed immediately prior to the start of a participants' academic program, to be considered for OU admission.


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