The program is conducted entirely in English, primarily written English, and requires strong English composition skills. It is our sincere goal to ensure that applicants are able to be successful in the program, and success requires the ability to understand and critique what others have written and for others to understand and critique what you have written. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a prior degree from an institution in an English-speaking country must show moderate to high proficiency in written English. This proficiency will be judged from TOEFL or IELTS scores, the one-page essay, and other communications with the program staff, including emails. English proficiency will not be judged based on scores alone.
The following English Competency test scores are the minimum we look for:
TOEFL internet-based test: score of 94 overall, with 22 for Reading and 24 for Writing
IELTS: band scores of 7 for Reading, Writing and Overall
A list of exempt countries is available on UC's website. It may be possible also to request a waiver of the English Proficiency test requirement, but the applicant must be fluent in English.