Undergraduate Admissions

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate evidence of English language proficiency for admission to the University's degree program and English Language for University Studies program unless the student has done the following:

  • Two years of study in a U.S.-accredited, International Baccalaureate, or United Kingdom diploma program where English is the only medium of instruction
  • Two years of study in an English-speaking country listed on the U.K. Ministry of Education or in the educational systems of these countries (regardless of location) where English is the only medium of instruction

Standardized test scores, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo, or the Cambridge and Trinity Exams are useful in assessing a student's language capability.

John Cabot University offers an internal English Language Placement Test which may be taken in place of any of the exams listed below. Please contact [email protected] to register for a test.


English Language Tests 

Minimum Score for JCU Admission 

Placement into Enlus II 

Placement into Enlus I

 TOEFL (Paper)

 563 or higher



TOEFL (Computer-based)

223 or higher



TOEFL (Internet-based)

85 or higher




6.5 or higher




CAE (180 or higher)

FCE (160-180)

PET (140-160)


Grade 10-11

FCE (160-180)

PET (140-160)

Council of Europe





Level 4

Level 3

Level 2


Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade A

Level 3

Level 2

PTE Academic




All Duolingo exam scores will be reviewed by the JCU English Department and Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s English proficiency level. 

Approved by the Chair of the Department of English and the Office of the Dean, October 30, 2020.

The University operates according to four application deadlines and applications will not be considered until all supporting materials have been received. Candidates are urged to submit their application and supporting documents early to guarantee a place at the University and to allow sufficient time for passport and visa processing.

If the English proficiency of any applicant is in question, the Admissions Committee will request additional information or documentation. Students who meet the entrance requirements of the University but lack sufficient preparation in written and spoken English may be eligible to enter the University’s ENLUS Program, an intensive English language course that prepares students for study at the university level.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.