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English proficiency for international students

Success at ASU begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because our rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively.

If you are from a country where the native language is not English (regardless of where you now reside), you must provide proof of English proficiency before your application will be processed and before you may schedule an audition. The ASU School of Music does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.

In order to schedule a live audition on campus, you must submit proof of English proficiency by the following dates:

  • November 1 for Spring admission
  • January 1 for Fall admission

English language proficiency requirement

The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following options.

  1. U.S.citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  2. Submit official score reports for one of the following, taken within two years of the semester of admission:
    • TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT)
      ETS Institutional Code 4007, Department Code 99
    • IELTS minimum overall band score of at least 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60
  3. Submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States showing one of the following:
    • Completed bachelor's degree or higher
    • Completed at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S or from an international institution that is officially recognized in that country and is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List.
    • Completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in residence with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.00 scale (all 90 hours must be earned in the United States)
  4. Complete the highest level of the ASU Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better.
  5. Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the sole medium of instruction for the program was in English. Student should email gograd@asu.edu to request exemption and include a letter from the institution on letterhead indicating language of instruction or provide information on the institution website to verify language of instruction.
  6. Applicants who have completed four years of high school in the U.S. with four years of English.
  7. Complete the online English course for Graduate Admissions. Learn more about the online English course

Score reports and official transcripts should be sent directly to ASU Admission Services.

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P.O. Box 870112 Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

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Consult the ASU Graduate Admissions website for additional information.