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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 or interview. The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre program does not offer conditional admission for students who cannot meet proof of English proficiency.

We ask that you complete proof of English proficiency before starting your application and ideally by following dates:

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

English Proficiency is required before you can be scheduled for an audition or interview.

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. Citizen of a country/territory on the ASU English-speaking country or territory list.
  3. Submit official score reports for one of the following. Tests must have been taken no earlier than two years prior to the student's start date at ASU.
    • TOEFL score of at least 80 (iBT)   (ASU accepts TOEFL iBT®.  ASU does not accept TOEFL iBT® Home Edition, TOEFL iBT® Paper Edition, TOEFL Essentials exams, or MyBest scores.)   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
    • Duolingo English Test score of at least 105
  4. 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)
  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 ASU Global Launch English for Graduate Admission Program.
  8. Complete the highest level of the ASU Global Launch English Language Program with grades of B or better. 

Submitting Proof of English Proficiency

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

The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007.

Transcripts: Please have your institution (previous university or high school) send official transcripts directly to ASU, following the guidelines provided here. Transcripts cannot be received over email. Transcripts must be sent using one of the official methods described here.

Regular mail FedEx

Admission Services
Student Services Building
P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Admission Services
Student Services Building
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Mail Code: 0112

Transcripts may be sent electronically and detailed information on how to send electronically can be accessed on the Transcripts for Admission to ASU website.

Consult the ASU Graduate Admissions website for additional information on English Proficiency.