English Proficiency Requirements

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Teaching is a requirement in the Chemistry Graduate Program, and admission into the program is contingent upon meeting English Proficiency requirements for teaching at the time of application. Attending a college or university in the United States or another English speaking country does not automatically exempt you from providing proof of English Proficiency. You are only exempt from providing proof of English Proficiency if you have attended a school in one of the following countries from the age of 13 on: Australia, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (excluding Puerto Rico). 

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may still be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS, if you are from one of these qualifying English Speaking countries. Again, only attending a college or university in one of those countries is not enough to exempt you from the TOEFL or IELTS. 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.

Minimum English Proficiency Scores for a Teaching Assistant (TA) required by the University of Illinois:

TOEFL: 103 overall, 24 on speaking subsection

IELTS: 7 overall, 8 on speaking subsection, no less than 6 in any subsection

Our average departmental TOEFL overall score is 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.



Graduate Admissions Office

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
109 Noyes Laboratory, MC-712, Box 57-1
505 South Mathews Avenue 
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-6245
Fax: (217) 244-7091
Email: chem-adm@illinois.edu