Approved English-Speaking Countries at OU
The University of Oklahoma defines a "first language" or "native" speaker of English as someone who has completed all requirements for and graduated from an accredited high school (i.e., secondary school) in one of the countries listed below. Such individuals do not need to be certified for English capacity to instruct in an OU course.
There are additional ETCS exemption pathways below the approved countries list, for individuals who did not graduate from high school in one of the listed countries.
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Belize (British Honduras)
- British Virgin Islands
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Cayman Islands
- Channel Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Guam (U.S. citizens)
- Guyana (not Ghana in Africa)
- New Zealand
- St. Kitts and Nevis (St. Christopher and Nevis)
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks & Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom (England, Wales,
- Scotland, Northern Ireland)
- U.S. Virgin Islands
Additional Certification Exemption Pathways
If one of the following criteria are met, a candidate is exempted from the English certification process for holding instructional appointments at OU.
#1: Achieving one of the following sets of sub-scores on an English proficiency test accepted for OU admission.
- iBT TOEFL: 28 speaking sub-score AND 28 writing sub-scores
- IELTS: 8.0 speaking AND 8.0 writing sub-scores
- DET: 145 conversation AND 145 production sub-scores
- PTE: 80 speaking AND 80 writing sub-scores
- Completing bachelor's AND master's degrees in the U.S. AND moving directly into a graduate degree at OU OR having continuously worked in the U.S. between finishing prior degree and beginning a graduate degree at OU.
#2: Completing a Ph.D in the U.S. with at least one year of teaching experience in the U.S. during or after the Ph.D degree.
#3: Providing proof of 7+ years of academic and/or professional experience in the U.S.