English Proficiency Requirements

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Teaching is a requirement in the Chemistry Graduate Program, and there are additional requirements for applicants whose native language is not English. Here is a list of qualifying English Speaking countries. If your country is on this list, you may still be required to complete the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) as a condition of admission. Exemption from the EPI is outlined by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning here. This requirement cannot be waived, in accordance with campus policy and state law.

The university requires a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the IELTS. Note: You must also score a minimum of 103 overall on the TOEFL or 7 overall (with no score on any sub-section less than 6, and the speaking sub-score must be at least 8) on the IELTS.

Our average departmental TOEFL score is above a 105 for the TOEFL iBT. The minimum departmental IELTS overall score is a 7.

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old from the first day of class of the proposed term of entry.

If you have already submitted a TOEFL or IELTS score for another institution in the United States, you may need to retake those exams to make sure your scores are within two years of starting this program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Otherwise, your scores will no longer be valid.  

The requirement for submitting your Official English Language Proficiency test scores can be met one of two ways:

For English Proficiency Exams, the institution code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836 and for the department code our university does not use a specific department code so you can either use 00 or any code for Chemistry in the list TOEFL provides. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office if you have any further questions.