INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
All international applicants and applicants whose first language is not English must be able
to be proficient in English as a condition for regular admission to Michigan State University.
Such applicants will be required to demonstrate their proficiency by meeting certain
minimum standards on any one of the following tests:
Proficiency is determined by ONE of
the tests below:
You must demonstrate proficiency as
Students with acceptable academic credentials
may be admitted to some academic programs on
a provisional basis. If admitted provisionally, the
deficiency must be corrected within two
consecutive semesters. Provisional status is
Test of English as a Foreign
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
MSU Code: 1465
Paper-based test (PBT): minimum
average score of 550, no subscore
Internet-based test (iBT): no subscore
below 19 for reading, listening, and
speaking; no writing subscore below 22;
with a minimum average score of 80.
Paper-based test (PBT): average score is at
Internet-based test (iBT): average score is at
Michigan English Language
Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Testing and Certification Division
The English Language Institute
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA
Minimum average score of 83, no
subscore below 80.**
Average score is between 72 and 83.
MSU English Language Test
English Language Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA
Minimum average score of 80 to 84, no
subscore below 80;
OR Minimum average score of 85, no
subscore below 78.**
Average score is at least 72.
International English Language
Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum average score of 6.5. Average score is 6.
Pearson Test of English Academic
Minimum Overall Score of 53;
no subscore below 51 for reading,
listening, and speaking;
no writing subscore below 59.
Average Overall score is at least 48.
* Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to Michigan State University; Office of Admissions; 250
Administration Building; East Lansing MI 48824.
** Some graduate departments require higher English Language Proficiency scores than the University minimum. Please contact the
department for further information.
*** Provisional admission status will continue until university minimum language proficiency requirements for English (regular admission
proficiency) are attained. Provisionally admitted students are required to take the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) upon arrival
at MSU. The results of the MSU English Language Test determine whether students will:
• Enroll in full-time academic courses.
• Enroll in full-time English Language courses through the English Language Center.
• Enroll in a combination of both academic courses and English Language courses.
You may not enroll in full-time academic courses until you meet the university's minimum language proficiency requirement
for English. Enrollment in English Language Center courses is NOT negotiable. Direct any communication regarding the
university's minimum language proficiency requirements for English to:
English Language Center;
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