English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of a test of English proficiency to the Office of International Admissions.


The following countries are exempted from submitting a test of English proficiency:

Antigua & Barbuda Grenada New Zealand
Australia Guyana St. Kitts & Nevis
Bahamas Ireland St. Lucia
Barbados Jamaica St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Belize Kiribati Solomon Islands
Bermuda Marshall Islands Trinidad & Tobago
Canada (except Quebec) Micronesia United Kingdom

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

Accepted Tests of English Proficiency


Internet-based: 79 or higher

Computer-based: 213 or higher

Paper-based: 550 or higher



Overall band score of 6.0 or higher


PTE Academic English Exam: 53 or higher

SAT  (for first year undergraduate freshman students only)

420 or higher on the critical reading section of the exam

See a full list of FDU's testing codes.

Conditional Admission and ELS Language Center

Students who are academically prepared to pursue a university program but are unable to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement may apply to the intensive English language program offered by the ELS Language Center on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus in Teaneck, New Jersey. 

For more information on the procedure for conditional admission, please visit our Conditional Admission and ELS webpage.

OIGA Sik student HALFPre-University Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers an exciting opportunity for UNDERGRADUATE international students with intermediate English language skills who meet the University’s academic admission standards but require additional training in academic English (speaking, listening and/or writing skills).

Our Pre-University Program provides students with highly specialized English language and support courses in the first semester while they study and earn academic credit toward their bachelor’s degree.

To be considered for admission to the PUP, students must meet the University’s academic requirements and demonstrate an intermediate level of English proficiency by submitting one of the following:

1.       TOEFL iBT score from 68 to 78

2.       IELTS overall band score of 5.5

3.       An ELS Language Center Certificate of Completion of Level 110 of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program*

For more information, visit our Pre-University program page.

English Proficiency Placement Examination

Upon matriculation to Fairleigh Dickinson University, ALL new international undergraduate and graduate students, except for those who are exempted, will be tested once again for English proficiency during orientation.  New international students should not assume that they are exempt from taking this English test even though they have had many years of English education in their home countries or abroad or met the above English proficiency requirements. Submission of a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/SAT sufficient for regular admission does NOT mean that you will be exempt from placement testing. The majority of new students will be required to sit for these exams.

All first year undergraduate students will be tested for English proficiency upon reporting to the university.

Depending on test results, new international undergraduate and graduate students may be placed into an English for Professional Success (EPS) course that focuses on the student's major field of study.

See complete information about FDU Programs in Language, Culture, and Professional Advancement (PLCPA).

EPS for Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students who are placed into an EPS course must take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged tuition upon registration.  Credits in EPS will apply to the undergraduate student’s General Education requirement.

EPS for Graduate Students:

Graduate students who are placed into an EPS course are required to take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged a nominal fee.