English proficiency

English language proficiency requirement

International students need to demonstrate basic proficiency in the English language. There are two ways to meet this requirement:

1. Take a language exam

We accept the following exams:

Other examinations may be accepted. Contact an admissions counselor to learn more.

2. Qualify for a language waiver

You can qualify for a language proficiency waiver by meeting one of the following criteria when you apply:

  • Earn an unweighted 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better in a transferable equivalent of WSU's English 101 and 102 and have 27 semester (40 quarter) transferable credits at the time of application.
  • Attend a U.S. high school least three years.
  • Earn at least 53 semester (80 quarter) transferable credits at the time of enrollment from an accredited U.S. college or university, with grades averaging at least an unweighted 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Complete an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college with a minimum unweighted 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • If you were schooled outside of the U.S. at a school where the language of instruction was English—provide an official letter from the school stating that English was the language of instruction while you attended there.
  • Complete level 5 of the WSU IALC program on the Pullman campus with a "B" average.

WSU Vancouver does not offer conditional admission for students enrolling in the IALC program in Pullman. You cannot be admitted to the IALC and to WSU Vancouver for the same semester.

Country of origin exemptions

Applicants from the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement:

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Guyana
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad
  • Zambia