International Applicants

Pacific University welcomes international students. For program-specific requirements, please contact an Admissions counselor.

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. All applicants, including resident aliens and citizens, must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. Any exception to this policy must be reviewed by the 

appropriate campus Associate Dean and the College of Education Admissions Committee. The College of Education Dean will have final approval after considering the College of Education Admissions Committee’s recommendation. 

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency 

Applicants must meet one of the following conditions for valid proof of English language proficiency: 

  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree at a regionally accredited college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Note: Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may be admitted conditionally. 
  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. 
TOEFL IELTS
Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based  

600 overall

Minimum per section:
54-55 reading
55 listening
55 structure/written 

250 overall

Minimum per section:
21 reading
22 listening
22 structure/writing 

100 overall

Minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing
22 speaking 

7.0 overall

Minimum sub-scores per section:
7.0 

Note: According to the Education Testing Services (ETS) policy the institutional TOEFL can only be offered to that institution’s students and thus is only valid at the institution. Thus, the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL can be offered only to Pacific University students and is valid only at Pacific.

Test scores are valid for two years after the test date. A test score more than two years old will be considered valid if the score exceeds the minimum requirements (overall and sections) and the candidate has maintained continuous residency in a country where English is the primary language since the exam date. 

Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency 

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement 
  • Test score more than two years old (unless the candidate has lived in the United States since the exam date) 
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific 
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States 

A candidate’s proof of English language proficiency does not equate to admission into a program. All other admission requirements must be met in addition to proving English language proficiency.