Information for International Students
Proof of English Proficiency
All non-native speakers of English, including those who have an undergraduate degree from an English- medium university in the U.S. or abroad, must submit proof of English proficiency based on tests results from one of the following standardized tests below. Test scores must not be older than 2 years (acceptable scores will be from 2013 onward).
- A minimum score of 102 on the TOEFL with the following minimum scores in each section: Speaking 26, Listening 25, Reading 25, and Writing 26. [The TC code is 2905]
- A score of C or better on Cambridge English: Proficiency test (CPE)
- A score of 7.0 or better on each section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
All scores should be sent to:
TESOL Certificate Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street, Box 66
New York, New York 10027-6696
Since it can take several weeks for testing services to send us official versions of your test scores and we cannot process your application until a copy of your test score is received, we suggest you:
- Take the test as soon as possible.
- Send us an unofficial photocopy of your score with your application (or shortly thereafter).
We will begin processing your application with your unofficial score while we wait for your official score to be received.
Applying for a Student Visa
- Apply directly through the Certificate Program.
- Complete the Application for Visa Certificate and mail with all supporting documentation.
- Visa processing takes several weeks, so we suggest you apply to the program no later than May 1st to give us time to process your application and Visa request.