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. Standardized test scores, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), 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. The English Language Placement test is held at JCU’s Tiber campus (T.G. 3.) at Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio 12 on the following dates at 3 p.m. Please contact [email protected] to register for a test.


  • Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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

Approved by the Chair of the Department of English and the Office of the Dean, March 3, 2015

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 which prepares students for study at the university level.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.