intensive English (ESL)

English Proficiency Requirement

Students whose native language is not English must meet Washburn's English Proficiency Requirement. Any one of the following can be used to satisfy this requirement.

  1. A balanced iBT score of 72 (18 for Listening and Speaking, 17 for Reading, 19 for Writing, and 14 on writing to pass Grammar).
  2. A balanced IELTS score of 6.0
  3. An earned bachelor's degree or higher earned at an institution of higher learning located in the U.S., England, Australia, or English-speaking Provinces of Canada.
  4. Complete both Level I and Level II of all the Intensive English courses at WU with grades of "C" or better.
  5. Complete an Intensive English Program at another U.S. institution comparable to Washburn's program. Washburn's IEP staff determine the compatibility.
  6. Proficient score on IEP placement test given one week before the fall and spring semesters. 

Please also note:

Students who cannot meet these requirements will be admitted conditionally through the Intensive English Program. Certain departments may have higher TOEFL requirements.

Graduate students without a bachelor's degree at an American institution must take IE294 - Academic Writing III during their first semester.

Students who cannot meet the above guidelines will be placed in the Intensive English classes by the staff of the program based on their test scores and transcripts. They must fulfill this requirement as soon as possible.

Students who have completed Freshman Composition at another U.S.-based institution are not automatically exempt from Intensive English courses. They may be required to take the reading and grammar courses if deficiency in those areas is determined.