Future International Students

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency, even if you are currently a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.

UM-Dearborn does not offer beginning or intermediate-level English language study, and we do not offer conditional or probationary admission. You must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the ways described below before admission will be granted.

Freshmen may prove their proficiency without additional testing by:

  • completing two full years of general track English courses in a U.S. high school with grades of "C" or better and
  • achieving an acceptable score on the verbal section of the ACT or SAT. There is no specific ACT/SAT verbal score required, but this score will be used in conjunction with other factors to evaluate your academic English skills.

If you have not met the conditions described above, you will be required to complete an English proficiency test.

Transfers may prove their English proficiency without additional testing by:

  • presenting acceptable performance as described in the freshmen section above. You must provide records to verify acceptable courses, grades, and SAT/ACT scores, or
  • completing two semesters of regular-track, transferable English composition courses, equivalent to UM-D's Composition 105 and 106, with grades of "C" or better in both courses ("C-" or below is not acceptable for transfer). If you are enrolled in the second semester of English composition while applying, conditional admission may be possible.

If you have not demonstrated your English language proficiency in one of the ways described above, you must take an English language proficiency test. The Office of Admissions and Orientation will accept the Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL), the International English Languages Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must take one of these tests; it is not necessary to take all of them.


Proficiency Test




Internet-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Written Test

Minimum Score






Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.

Testing Information

Both the TOEFL and the MELAB are offered throughout the world. You should take one or the other well in advance of your intended starting term. TOEFL scores arrive at UM-Dearborn 6-8 weeks after the test date. MELAB scores are available within a week if the test is taken in Ann Arbor, but if taken abroad, testing and mailing delays may prolong the process. If you are living in southeastern Michigan, we suggest you take the MELAB on the Ann Arbor campus so that we can receive the scores quickly. The APIEL Exam is only offered overseas to high school students. APIEL Exam scores arrive at UM-Dearborn 6-8 weeks after the test date. IELTS results are available within 13 working days of taking the test.

You may take the MELAB or TOEFL test more than once, and only your most recent score will be considered. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted for consideration.

For testing information and registration materials, please contact:

100 East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA  91103, U.S.A.
Telephone: 626-564-2954

English Language Institute, TCD
3020 North University Bldg.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1057, U.S.A.
Telephone: 734-764-2413

P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ, 08541,U.S.A.
Telephone: 609-771-7600