English Language Proficiency

Requirements and Methods

International applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to gain full 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.

UNE Graduate Programs may have English Language Proficiency requirements outside of the list below. Please refer to the Admissions Requirements webpage of your program of interest for specific information and additional details.

UNE accepts several methods of English proficiency. You will meet the minimum standards for English proficiency at UNE by demonstrating one of the following:

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 Score of 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

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 & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & 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).

Contact Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

(800) 477-4863

Graduate Admissions

(207) 221-4225

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