English Proficiency Requirements

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

  1. English test scores for undergraduate students
    • TOEFL iBT score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking, 17 for Reading, and 19 for Writing)
    • IELTS of 6.0 or above with no section score below 6.0
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) – Overall Score of 95
    • PTE of 49 or above with no section score below 40.
    • SAT of 480 on the Evidence-based Reading/Writing section and an interview (can be online) with IEP Coordinator, International Programs Director, or International Programs Coordinator of Recruitment & Retention
    • ACT English section score of 22 or above and an interview (can be online) with IEP Coordinator, International Programs Director, or International Programs Coordinator of Recruiting
  2. English test scores for graduate students:
    • TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 or 6.5 on the IELTS with balanced sub-scores for students from non-English speaking countries. Certain academic departments may have higher TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please check with the graduate department.  Graduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree at a U.S. institution may be required to take a reading and research course.
  3. Completion of Level III of all the Intensive English courses at WU with grades of "C" or better.
  4. Completion of an Intensive English Program at another U.S. institution comparable to Washburn's program. Washburn's IEP staff determine the compatibility.
  5. Proof of citizenship from one of the countries on this List of English-Speaking Countries.

Please also note:

  • 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 these requirements before beginning their degree program. See Intensive English Student Guide for more details.
  • 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 course if a deficiency in this area is determined.
  • Certain academic departments may require higher TOEFL/IELTS scores for academic program admission.

Table of Scores needed for direct undergraduate admission (Students not meeting these scores can take Intensive English classes first.



Duolingo 95+

PTE - 49+

Average of Listening and Speaking Subtest Scores





Reading Subtest Scores





Writing Subtest Score





A more detailed table can be found in the IE Student Guide.

Apply Now

After you have read and understood the admission information and are ready to submit an application, you may apply online by choosing an application below. 

Application Deadlines:

Fall (beginning mid-August) -- June 15
Summer (beginning end of May) -- April 1
Spring (beginning mid-January) -- November 15

GET IN TOUCH WITH International Programs

Office of International Programs
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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