Language Requirements

For Admission purposes, all students must meet Academic and Language Requirements. A waiver for this requirement is automatically granted to applicants whose education is from countries where English is the official/native language. The most common and widely accepted test is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

The institution code for the TOEFL is 4843. Minimum scores required by your department (Other language proficiency tests can be substituted for the TOEFL)


The substitutions are considered to be equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550. Most departments require language proficiency at the level of TOEFL 550 (paper) or 79 (internet) or above. UI does not accept scores that are more than two years old. Applicants wishing to take the TOEFL on campus should contact the Counseling and Testing Center.



The following are acceptable as proof of English competency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper test or 79 on the internet test.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77.
  • UI American Language & Culture Program (ALCP) with a Level 6 Pass.
  • U.S. Education Earned degree at accredited institution OR successfully completed upper-level College English composition courses (at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Office).

*All tests must have been taken within 2 years of the semester you are applying.


More information about the TOEFL:
More information about the IELTS:

More information about the MELAB

Official Country Languages - Taken from the CIA World Factbook 

Important Notes: 
  • All documents are subject to verification by University of Idaho.
  • All documents received by University of Idaho become the property of University of Idaho and will not be released to anyone or any institution--not even the applicant.
  • University of Idaho evaluates credentials earned through formal academic training only. Applicants should NOT submit documentation of short-term professional development courses or other non-formal, non-academic training with their application; as such documents will not be evaluated or reflected in the University of Idaho evaluation report.
  • If applicable, applicants must submit proof of name change. (Clear, legible photocopy of marriage certificate, for example.)
  • Some academic institutions can take several weeks to provide transcripts so applicants may want to request their transcript at the earliest possible
  • An Application and an Application Fee are valid for a specific degree, major, and semester. Any change in degree, major or semester before enrollment requires a new application.
  • Graduate Admissions will not disclose to an applicant reasons for denial. Graduate Admissions will encourage the student to contact the department directly and inquire how they might improve their application for future admissions. (The Department can choose to disclose or not.)