Academic English Requirements and Resources

All applicants for study at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the academic format of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the first semester of enrollment. When submitting test scores to KUMC, please submit only original scores sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted. For testing purposes, the ETS school code is 6895.

The following table explains the TOEFL and IELTS requirements graduate programs at KU Medical Center.  Please note that some departments have more demanding or rigorous language requirements.  Please check out Graduate Studies website to find the specific language requirements for the department to which you are applying. 

Note that there is no separate essay score on the internet-based TOEFL as essay scores are included in the Writing score. Although the internet-based TOEFL includes a Speaking component, a minimum score on the Speaking section is not required.


TOEFL Scores

TOEFL Scores (IBT)

IELTS Scores

Regular Admission

57 overall minimum

5.0 minimum on essay

23 minimum on Reading & Listening

19 minimum on Writing

6.5 overall minimum - no part below 6

Provisional Admission

51-56 overall minimum

3.5-4.5 minimum on essay

18-22 on Reading & Listening

13-18 minimum on Writing

5.5-6.0 overall minimum - all part scores 5.0-5.5

Contact the Office of International Programs

Any score below 51

Below 3.5 on essay

Below 18 on Reading & Listening

Below 13 on Writing

5.5 overall minimum - all part scores 5.0

If a student qualifies for provision admission as indicated above, this office will contact the student to arrange an English language evaluation upon arrival and will recommend, if necessary, any required steps for remediation. This may include passing on or more English classes or retaking the TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent proficiency test. Please note that the student also has the option to retake the TOEFL prior to arriving at KUMC and if the new scores exceed the minimum required, the student will not have their English evaluated upon arrival.

Waiving the TOEFL Requirements

For applicants whose native language is not English, the Dean of Graduate Studies may consider and grant exceptions to the minimum English proficiency requirements on a case-by-case basis for these two circumstances:

Applicants who have earned Bachelor's or higher degrees from English-speaking accredited institutions in the US, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or the English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Applicants who have earned Bachelor's or higher degrees from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English. Documentation that the school's language of instruction was English must be provided to consider granting this waiver.

Applicants from India and other recent British colonies do need to submit TOEFL scores, even if English is their primary language.

SPEAK Test Requirement for Graduate Teaching Assistants

The Kansas Board of Regents requires that, in order to be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), students must first attain a minimum score of 50 on the TSE or SPEAK tests, a minimum iBT speaking score of 24, or a minimum IELTS speaking score of 8.The SPEAK test is administered free of charge by appointment in the Office of International Programs.  SPEAK scores from other institutions will not be accepted.

GTA's must meet one of the following test criteria:


Minimum Score



iBT speaking


IELTS speaking



Last modified: Aug 09, 2013