English as a Second Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Students who submit proof of English proficiency may go directly into regular academic course work.

Acceptable proof of English proficiency may include one of the following comparable English proficiency examinations:

  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): Minimum score of 53
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 IBT - internet based test
  • TOEFL score of 550 PPT - pen/paper test
  • IELTS (Cambridge), Band 6.5
  • City & Guilds Pitman: Higher Intermediate or Expert Level 
  • The London Tests of English LTE, Level 4 (Advanced)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery): 77
  • STEP Eiken (Society for Testing English Proficiency): Grade 1
  • Completion of English language school (ELS): Level 112 (Intensive)

Individual section scores must also meet minimum score requirements. JWU also reserves the right to require ESL classes to increase proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores. 

Other English examination results will also be reviewed, and experience studying in the English language will be taken into consideration.

If you don’t meet minimum TOEFL requirements and If you require English as a Second Language (ESL) services, JWU offers immersive courses in reading, writing, conversation skills and grammar at the Providence and North Miami campuses. These courses are available to accepted and currently enrolled JWU students. Once you complete these courses, you’ll transition right into regular academic course work for your chosen major.

Learn more about ESL services in Providence, North Miami, Denver and Charlotte.