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English Language Proficiency for Admission of International Students

Applicants graduate degree programs will be considered to have the required English language proficiency if they meet any one of the following criteria:

1. Testing requirements: ​

A. Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 79-80 IBT or 550 PBT or 213 cBT

B. International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

■  Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores of each of the individual components of the test are: listening 6.5, speaking 7.0 and writing 6.0.​​​

C. Pearson Test of English (PTE):

■  Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 51

■  The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is currently in a pilot review at the University of Colorado SSPPS. We will accept a 51 PTE Academic score with the following subscores: Reading 44, listening 44, Speaking 49, Writing 47​

2. The applicant is a citizen of a country listed by the government of the United Kingdom as exempt from the English proficiency requirement for a UK student (3)

As of this policy’s effective date, these countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

(3) As listed here: ​​​

3. The applicant has graduated from the University of Colorado Denver ESL Academy.

4. The applicant has earned a bachelor degree in the United States; or has earned a post-secondary qualification, comparable to a US bachelor degree, in one of the exempt countries listed above; or has earned such a qualification at an institution accredited by an exempt country but located in a non-exempt country.

5. The applicant has completed 12 or more semester hours of coursework in a master or doctoral degree program in the United States with an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher; or has completed a comparable amount of graduate coursework with a comparable GPA in one of the exempt countries listed above; or has completed such coursework at an institution accredited by an exempt country but located in a non-exempt country.

The U.S. government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before a formal letter of admission—or the form for obtaining a visa—will be issued. All application materials (PharmCAS and letters of recommendation) must be submitted. If selected for admission to the CU SOP, international students need to submit the Request for Student I-20 for Foreign Applicants (PDF). This form is available for download from July to December of each year; it can also be obtained from the Office of Student Services. All international students are responsible in meeting the requirements to obtain their Pharmacy Intern License. ​