International Students

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.

  • 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 minimum score of 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 
  • A minimum score of 190 on Cambridge English Qualification Exams (CAE or CPE Exams)

All scores should be sent to:

TESOL Certificate Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street, Box 60
New York, New York 10027-6696

Since it can take several weeks for testing services to send official 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 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.

Visa Sponsorship

The TESOL Certificate Program welcomes applications from international applicants. International students must make their own arrangements for immigration/visa status. The Teachers College Office of International Services and Scholars  provides advisement to international students on such issues. For more information, contact this office at

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