English Language Proficiency

English Language Requirements

International applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to gain admission to the University of New England.

If English is not your native language, you will need to submit documentation that indicates your level of English proficiency.

Undergraduate Requirements and Methods

UNE undergraduate admissions accepts several methods of English proficiency. You will meet the minimum standards for English proficiency at UNE by demonstrating one of the below.

Test Score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 550 (paper-based)
213 (computer-based)
79 (internet-based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band 6.0 or higher
IB (International Baccalaureate) Grade 5 or higher
SAT (Critical Reading and Writing Sections) 500 or higher
SAT (EBRW) 570 or higher
GRE (Analytical Writing Section) 4.0 or higher
AP English Language and Composition Exams 3 or higher with college transfer credit received
One year of English composition, taken at a U.S. institution, which counts as transfer credit at UNE (not ESL) Grade of "C" or higher
Duolingo English Test 110 or higher

Graduate Requirements and Methods

UNE graduate programs only accept the TOEFL and IELTS English proficiency exams.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

The minimum TOEFL score required for graduate admissions is 79 for the internet-based test.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) will report scores no more than 2 years after the test date.

Arrangements for taking the TOEFL may be made through the nearest United States Embassy or the ETS. Consult the TOEFL website for further information.

International English Language Testing System

The minimum IELTS exam score required for graduate admissions is an Overall Band Score of 6 or higher.

Arrangements for taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam may be made through the IELTS website.

Program-Specific Requirements

Refer to the admissions requirements of your graduate program of interest for specific information and additional details.

Additional Methods

  • If you have attended a regionally accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense school overseas for at least three years, or have received an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, you will meet English proficiency requirements.
  • UNE also waives the English proficiency requirement if you graduated from a regionally accredited school in other English-speaking countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caico Isle, United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands, and others.
  • Passing scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (with submission of photocopy of ECFMG certification to UNE Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment).

Contact Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

(800) 477-4863

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

(207) 221-4225