International Admission Requirements and Programs

English Proficiency Requirements:

Valid test scores must be from within the past 24 months.  Accepted language proficiency test include:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • TOEFL Essentials
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Duolingo


Full Time Undergraduate, Degree Seeking: Students will be enrolled full-time as undergraduate, degree-seeking students.  Students' merit scholarships (if applicable) will be in effect at the time of enrollment and will not be required to register for an ESL course.

ELI Transition Program: Students in our transition program will receive a personalized curriculum to fit their individual needs.  Students will take ESL courses through our English Language Program and take courses in our undergraduate degree program.  Once the English Language Requirement has been fulfilled, students will then become full-time undergraduates.  Any awarded merit scholarship will apply once the student is enrolled full-time. 

ELI-Undergraduate Transition Program

  • The ELI Transition Program includes several types of classes:
    • ESL Classes are academic ESL classes to help students develop their core English skills (see seven-week ESL program)
    • ELI Transition Classes are undergraduate courses designed for Advanced ESL students
      • Students write college essays, listen to lectures, speak about academic topics, read academic texts and conduct research.
      • Taught by ELI faculty in an ESL classroom.
    • Undergraduate Transition Classes are regular undergraduate courses chosen by the ELI faculty
      • An ELI instructor attends lectures with students and meets with them outside of class to guide them through assignments, projects, readings, discussions, and exam preparation.
      • Taught by Pacific University undergraduate professors.
    • Regular Undergraduate Classes are undergraduate courses that students choose and attend by themselves.
      • Students are responsible for attending class, completing assignments, and taking exams independently.
      • ELI faculty advise students and facilitate communication with undergraduate professors as needed.

Transition Program Levels

  • The ELI Transition Program is divided into three levels depending on a student’s English proficiency:

Level 1  

Minimum Score

  • TOEFL iBT 53
  • IELTS 5.0
  • Duolingo English Test 85 
  • 2 ESL Classes
  • 1 ELI Transition Class
  • Earn 3 undergraduate credits for each ELI Transition class successfully completed**

Level 2

Minimum Score

  • TOEFL iBT 61
  • IELTS 5.5
  • Duolingo English Test 95
  • 1 ESL Class
  • 1 ELI Transition Class
  • 1 Undergraduate Transition Class
  • Earn 4 undergraduate credits for each Undergraduate Transition class successfully completed**

Level 3

Minimum Score

  • TOEFL iBT 70
  • IELTS 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test 105       
  • 1 ESL Class
  • 1 ELI Transition Class
  • 1 Undergraduate Transition Class
  • 1 Regular Undergraduate Class
  • Earn 4 undergraduate credits for each regular undergraduate class successfully completed**

**Students must earn a C grade or higher to successfully complete a class and earn credit.

ESL Program: ESL courses for students who want to develop their core English skills.  Students will be enrolled in courses through our English Language Institute.  

Students who have been studying in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Ireland for a minimum of the past two years while attending school, are not required to submit an English proficiency test score.

Minimum Score Requirements:

TOEFL Institution Code: 4601


Full-Time, Undergraduate
Degree Seeking Students

ELI Transition Program

English Language Learning
Program (ELL)


79 or higher

78 - 53

52 or less

TOEFL iBT Home Edition

79 or higher

78 - 53

52 or less

TOEFL Essentials

8.0 or higher

7.5 - 5.5

5.0 or less


6.5 or higher

6.0 - 5.5

5.0 or less

IELTS Indicator

6.5 or higher

6.0 - 5.5

5.0 or less


110 or higher


79 or less

Contact Us

Gracie Smith | Admissions Counselor & International Admissions
503-352-3142 |