Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for all applicants whose native language is not English, except for those who have recently received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or any other English-speaking country.
It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with a TOEFL score of at least 80 for the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based version or 550 on the paper-based test; or Band 6.5 on the IELTS (taking the academic writing and reading modules of the test). The minimum may vary in some departments.
Scores submitted must not be more than two years old. An official copy of the test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Office of Administration. Personal copies are not acceptable, nor are "attested" or notarized copies. It is important that you call to our attention any discrepancies that may exist between your name as reported on your application and as recorded on your TOEFL scores.
The institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927 and the department code for the School of Engineering is 69.
For further information on the TOEFL, contact:
Educational Testing Service P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6541 USA 609-771-7100 www.toefl.org
Make sure to take the TOEFL in time for the official score to be reported to the Swanson School of Engineering by the deadline.
Graduate students must possess sufficient proficiency in English to enable them to understand lectures, to participate successfully in class discussion, and, in general, to be able to study without being hindered by language problems. Students who have been appointed as teaching assistants (TAs) or teaching fellows (TFs) and who are not native speakers of English are required to take an English Fluency Test to evaluate their spoken English upon arrival at the University of Pittsburgh. Individuals who do not achieve a passing score on the test may be given non-teaching assignments and are required to take special course work until they obtain a passing score. An unsatisfactory score at the time of TA or TF appointment is sufficient cause under University policy not to renew a teaching assistantship or teaching fellowship. The University offers intensive English courses through our English Language Institute.