For Non-Native English Speakers

Our online degree programs at UoPeople are accredited English degree programs – because of this, we require all non-native English speakers to provide us with proof of English proficiency. You can also read The Non-Native English Speaker’s Easy Guide to Proving English Proficiency.


An applicant who does not meet these English Proficiency requirements may be considered for admission. If accepted, these applicants will be required to take a University-approved English course and an examination in order to demonstrate a proficient level of English. Upon successful completion of the course and examination, students may then continue to study in UoPeople.


Please note: English proficiency requirements may be different for undergraduate and graduate degree applicants.


By offering a degree in English, we are preparing our students for the international job market, as well as providing them with an essential tool for building their professional careers.


Providing Proof of English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, or you did not earn a degree from an official accredited English institution, you have the option to appeal the enrollment of our Foundations English course through the following alternatives. Please note you are only able to appeal once you are notified that your application has met our requirements, and you will then be able to submit your English appeal via the UoPeople Self-Service Portal here


(A) A high school diploma completed at a recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English (for undergraduate applicants only); OR


(B) A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” (2.0) or higher at an accredited** college or university where the language of instruction was English. A “B” (3.0) or higher is required for master’s degree; or


(C) One of the qualifications in the table below


* To submit your TOEFL scores to UoPeople, use our school code: 4577

Please note that UoPeople accepts the Academic IELTS qualification.


**An institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.


***kindly notice that UoPeople will only accept certificates taken within the last five (5) years.


Can’t Demonstrate English Proficiency? Take “English Composition 1” Course

If you are not able to provide one of the above English proficiency qualifications, you may take UoPeople’s English Composition 1 course. In this case, you will be required to successfully complete this course before continuing to study in the UoPeople Foundations Courses. In any case, you will have to complete your online application prior to taking the courses.


What to start preparing? Get ready with our “English Composition 1″ Learning material guide.


If you have any questions regarding our English proficiency requirements or the qualifications we accept, please contact your personal Admissions Advisor (for current applicants) or the Office of Admissions at [email protected]. Please remember to include your Applicant ID in any and all emails to UoPeople.


For more information:

Read The Non-Native English Speaker’s Easy Guide to Proving English Proficiency

Download the Non-English Speakers Guide to American University