English Language Assistance

English as a Second Language Testing

All non-native English speaking international graduate students with teaching assistantships will be required to take a language placement examination upon their arrival on campus. Based on the results of the exam, students may be required to enroll in one or more English as a Second Language courses in addition to their required course work. ESL courses in writing, reading, listening comprehension and speaking/pronunciation are offered during the fall and spring terms. (This requirement is in addition to the TOEFL requirement described in the application instructions section.)

All international TAs are required to attend a one-week orientation program in which they are evaluated individually in language and communication skills before beginning course work. Based on this evaluation, TAs may be required to enroll in one or more of the ESL courses.