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International Students Admissions

English Language Proficiency Requirements

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to successfully complete college work in the United States.

Proof of Proficiency

The most common examinations accepted as proof of English proficiency from international students are TOEFL and IELTS.

Note: Results more than two years old will not be accepted.

TOEFL:  Minimum requirement of 61 iBT or 500 PBT

  • Foothill's TOEFL code is 4315.

iTEP : Minimum requirement of Level 4

IELTS:  Minimum requirement of 6.0

Step Eiken:  Minimum requirement of 2A

Pearsons PTE Academic:  Minimum requirement of 45

Cambridge English:  Minimum requirement of 175 on Advanced exam

Duolingo: Minimum requirement of 50

GTEC CBT: Minimum requirement of 1100.

Language School Partners and Conditional Admission Requirements/Procedures

TOEFL and IELTS Waivers

English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting one of the following conditions instead of demonstrating a TOEFL or an IELTS score.

We do not guarantee waivers and must review the application in order to make a decision.

  • Earned a high school diploma, or studied for a minimum of 3 years and attained a grade of "C" or better in English in one of the English speaking countries (U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia).
  • Earned a high school diploma in an International School or similar, where English is the primary language of instruction. You must submit school transcripts and other documentation, such as a letter on school's letterhead, stating that English was the primary language of instruction.
  • Completed all years of study in a school in Singapore with grades of “C” or higher.
  • Completed all years of study in a school in Scandinavian countries and received grades of "VG" or "MVG" in English A and B.
  • Completed college-level English classes at a U.S. college or university with grades of “C” or higher. You must provide an official transcript to receive this waiver.
  • Received a degree from a college or university in the U.S., the U.K., Canada or Australia. You must provide an official transcript to receive this waiver.
  • Completed a specified level at the following partner English language schools:
American Academy of English: Advanced Level or University Readiness Program (URP)
EC San Francisco English School Upper Intermediate B2
EF International Language Schools Level 6 or higher
ELS Language Centers Level 109 or higher
Embassy CES: Advanced Level  
Golden Gate Language School Level 12
ILSC Education Group Academic Preparation Level A2
Institute for International Studies at Mission College Level D in the LINK Program
International Gateways at SJSU Level 600
Intrax International Institute Level 9
Kaplan Aspect Advanced level
The American Language Center at UCLA Extension Level 105




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