Admissions | Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who are foreign nationals or whose native language is not English must meet one of the following standards to meet Rice’s English Language Proficiency standard:

  • At least a 90 on the iBT TOEFL.
  • At least 7 on the IELTS.
  • At least 115 on the Duolingo test of English proficiency.
  • The applicant has completed or is expected to complete, a post-secondary degree from an institution in which English is the official language of communication or instruction*.

​​​​For 2023, Rice will not accept the ITP Plus test to evaluate English language proficiency, but scores/interviews are able to be reported to Rice as a supplemental material via Vericant.


English Language Testing

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one testing option for for any student that needs to meet this requirement.

  • The ETS Reporting code for Rice University is 6609, scores should be sent directly to Rice through the testing organization.
  • The TOEFL is administered through the Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 USA [telephone (609) 771-7100]. You can also send an e-mail to toefl@ets.org or a center in your native country.
  • Test-takers should score at least 90 on the iBT (internet-based) TOEFL, at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score 250 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  • Only the best composite TOEFL score is accepted; myBest scores are not accepted. For helpful information on preparing for the TOEFL, click here.

IELTS

Students whose native language is not English may also use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
IELTS is owned, developed and delivered through the partnership of the British Council, IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. You can get more information about the IELTS at http://www.ielts.org or send an e-mail to ielts@ieltsintl.org.

  • International applicants who choose to take the IELTS should plan to take the Academic IELTS test or, for 2021, the IELTS Indicator.
  • Scores can be reported directly to Rice using the name "Rice University Graduate Admissions."
  • For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.
  • For helpful tips on preparing for the IELTS, click here.

Duolingo

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with [institution name] when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

  • Applicants to Rice must earn at least a 115 on the Duolingo English Test.
  • To prepare or take the test, click here.

*Please allow two weeks for all scores to be reported to Rice. For more information on score reporting, click here.


Countries in which English is the Official Language of Instruction

Please ensure that your academic history includes the country of instruction as appropriate.

American Samoa

Grenada

South Africa

Anguilla

Guam

South Pacific Islands

Antigua and Barbuda

Guyana

St. Helena

Australia

Ireland (Republic of)

St. Kitts and Nevis

Bahamas

Ireland (Northern)

St. Lucia

Barbados

Jamaica

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize

Malta

Scotland

Bermuda

Mauritius

Trinidad and Tobago

Canada

Montserrat

Turks and Caicos Islands

Cayman Islands

New Zealand

United Kingdom

England

Nigeria

USA

Falkland Islands

Ryukyu Islands

Virgin Islands

Fiji

Seychelles

Wales

Gibraltar

Singapore


International Universities

Applicants with credentials from the following institutions in the designated countries above will have met the English Language Requirement in accordance with the above policy. In addition, students who have, or are expected to complete a post-secondary degree, have met the English requirement.

If this applies to you, please ensure that you enter your institution on your application exactly as it appears below and that the language is identified as English.

Department Chairs and Admissions Chairs who wish to advocate for additional institutions to be added to this list may request from that institution's registrar or other senior official confirmation that the program is delivered in English, that assignments are written in English, or other justification that all graduates can be assumed to possess strong oral and written English competency. Documentation may be forwarded to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to be considered for inclusion in the list below. Applicants should not contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies directly regarding any waivers.

Country

University

Bangladesh

  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology
  • Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology
  • Independent University
  • Islamic University of Technology
  • Khulna University of Engineering and Technology
  • North South University
  • Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET)
  • Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Engineering programs only)

Botswana

  • University of Botswana

Bulgaria

  • American University in Bulgaria

Eritrea

  • University of Asmara

Ethiopia

  • Addis Ababa University
  • Alemaya University
  • Jimma University

Egypt

  • American University in Cairo

Germany

  • International University
  • Jacob's University

Ghana

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • University of Cape Coast
  • University of Ghana

Hong Kong

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Tech
  • University of Hong Kong

India

  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Anna University
  • Arunachal University
  • Assam Agricultural University
  • Berhampur University
  • Birla Institute of Technology (Ranchi)
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  • Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • Gauhati University
  • Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore)
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Indian Institute of Technology (All campuses)
  • Indian School of Mines
  • Jadavpur University
  • Karnatak University
  • Kerala Agricultural University
  • Konkan Agricultural University
  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Manipur University
  • National Institute of Technology Calicut
  • Sambalpur University
  • Symbiosis Institute of Technology
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • University of Calcutta
  • University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh
  • University of Hyderabad
  • University of Kashmir
  • University of Kerala
  • University of North Bengal
  • Utkal University
  • West Bengal University of Technology

Kenya

  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Egerton University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agric & Tech
  • Kenyatta University
  • Maseno University
  • Moi University
  • University of Eastern Africa - Baraton
  • University of Nairobi

Kuwait

  • Kuwait University (Faculties of Science, Engineering and Petroleum, Allied Health Science, Medicine and the Department of English

Lebanon

  • Lebanese American University
  • American University of Beirut

Lesotho

  • National University of Lesotho

Malawi

  • University of Malawi

Namibia

  • University of Namibia

Pakistan

  • Aga Khan University
  • Gomal University
  • Hamdard University
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Mehran University of Engg & Technology
  • NED University of Engg & Technology
  • NWFP Agricultural University
  • NWFP University of Engg & Technology
  • Quaid-I-Azam University
  • Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam
  • Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology
  • University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • University of Engg & Technology, Lahore
  • University of Health Sciences
  • University of Punjab, Lahore

Papua New Guinea

  • Papua New Guinea University of Technology
  • University of Goroka
  • University of Papua New Guinea

Philippines

  • Adamson University
  • Far Eastern University
  • Mindanao State University
  • National University
  • Silliman University
  • University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
  • University of San Carlos
  • Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

Rwanda

  • University of Rwanda

Samoa

  • University of the South Pacific

Saudi Arabia

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Sierra Leone

  • University of Sierra Leone

Sri Lanka

  • University of Moratuwa

Tanzania

  • Mzumbe University
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • University of Dar es Salaam

Thailand

  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Assumption University
  • Mahidol University

Turkey

  • Atilim University
  • Bilkent University
  • Bogazici University
  • Izmir Institute of Technology
  • Koc University
  • Middle East Technical University

Uganda

  • Makerere University
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology

United Arab Emirates

  • American University of Sharjah

Zambia

  • Copperbelt University
  • University of Zambia

Zimbabwe

  • National University of Sci & Tech
  • University of Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Open University