English Language Proficiency for International Applicants

University of St. Francis recommends all undergraduate and graduate international applicants to submit a TOEFL, Pearson’s PTE, IELTS, SAT or ACT. If you do not submit a test score, or your scores are below the required proficiency level you will automatically be considered for conditional admission. If you have taken an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson’s PTE), scores can be submitted by emailing a scanned copy of the score report to intladmissions@stfrancis.edu. SAT or ACT scores must be officially submitted to University of St. Francis.

Students who are eligible for conditional admission are admitted to the Francis English Language for Academic Purposes program (ELAP) at University of St. Francis and must meet English proficiency requirements before being offered full admission to the university. Eligible students will receive an I-20 for English Language training and may receive an updated I-20 for academic study after receiving full admission.

If you receive conditional admission, you will be offered admission to University of St. Francis English Language for Academic Purposes program (ELAP). Any student admitted conditionally will take an English proficiency exam upon arrival at University of St. Francis. The English placement exam will determine how many ELAP courses you will need to take before beginning a full academic semester of standard classes.

Proof of English Proficiency

One of the following tests and minimum scores are required by University of St. Francis for direct admission:

  • SAT – 1030 | Writing 5
  • ACT – 20 | Writing 8 (87%)
  • GRE – Verbal 158, Writing 4.4
  • TOEFL – 79 Internet Based, 213 Computer Based,
    550 Paper Based
  • IELTS – 6.0 | Five (5) with one semester of credit bearing academic study at an accredited university
  • Pearson – PTE 54 – General Level 3
  • Cambridge – 169-175 | Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) O level passing score in English International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English (not ESL) score of C or higher
  • iTEP – 3.7
  • EIKEN – Pre-1
  • Duolingo – Undergraduate 105, Graduate 115

Also, applicants meet English proficiency requirements, if they have completed secondary or tertiary studies in English in one of the following: Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom.

Completion of English Language Program

Students who have completed an English language program that is accredited through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) or EnglishUSA, will be exempt from providing further English proficiency and will qualify for undergraduate or graduate program application.

In all instances, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an interview to confirm English proficiency with the English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program.


If you have any questions about anything related to this process, please contact International Admissions at intladmissions@stfrancis.edu or schedule an appointment below.