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English Language Requirements

Having a strong understanding of English is important for success at SLU-Madrid. That's why we want to ensure you can demonstrate English proficiency before attending our campus.

Do I Need to Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency? 

We consider you proficient in English if you completed four or more years of high school or secondary school in the American or British educational systems or if you have another English language qualification that we recognize.

You will be required to demonstrate English proficiency for admission to SLU-Madrid if you have not studied entirely in English during the last four years or more and do not possess a recognized language qualification. 

How Do I Demonstrate English Language Proficiency?

Please refer to the chart below to see what exams or coursework will satisfy the English language proficiency. 

Because we are a U.S. institution, we recommend you take the TOEFL to demonstrate English language proficiency. SLU-Madrid's institutional code for the TOEFL is 7763.

There is a 20% discount promotion/voucher code for SLU-Madrid applicants. When you register for a TOEFL exam, in the Order Summary just before you proceed to payment, you will see a space to enter the Promotion/Voucher code. Enter the code IBERIATOEFL24 and click Apply.

Before taking the TOEFL, we recommend you prepare using Test Ready.

English Language Tests Minimum Score for SLU Admission
(admission to the One-Semester Bridge Program)
Placement into ENGL 1500
SLU-Madrid TOEFL ITP + TWE 500 + 3.0 550 + 4.0
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 63 80
TOEFL IBT Home Edition 63 80
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.0 in Reading and Writing 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing
IELA 176 with a minimum of 169 in Writing and Listening 185 with a minimum of 176 in Writing and Listening
PTE 50 54
Cambridge  Advanced Exam (CAE): Grade C or higher Proficiency Exam (CPE): Level C1 or higher
SAT (Evidence-based reading and writing section) 500 550
ACT (English Language Arts)  20 21
AP exam (English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition) Not accepted 3
IB English B: Standard Level (Final score) 4 5
IB English B: Higher Level (Final score) 4 5
IB English A: Language and Literature: Standard Level (Final Score) 4 5
IB English A: Language and Literature: Higher Level (Final Score) 4 5
IB English A: Literature: Standard and Higher Level (Final Score) 3 4

What Do These Placements Mean?

If you achieve placement into ENGL 1500, you will take the Process of Composition course, which counts for three elective credits. However, we recommend that you take the SLU English Writing Placement Test to see if you are eligible for placement into ENGL 1900 (Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research) or ENGL 1920 (Advanced Writing for Professionals). Information about the SLU English Writing Placement Test will be provided upon confirmation of your admission to SLU-Madrid.

If you achieve the minimum score for SLU admission, you will take the one-semester Bridge Program, which consists of two ESL courses that help you hone your academic English skills. These six ESL credits do not count toward your major, but you may take up to 12 credits in other subjects at the same time. SLU-Madrid's full-time undergraduate tuition rate and merit scholarships are applied. Do not take the SLU English Writing Placement Test if you place at this level.

Learn More About the One-Semester Bridge Program

Students who are placed into the One-Semester Bridge Program do not take the SLU English Writing Placement Test but should take SLU-Madrid's TOEFL ITP on arrival to check whether they can enter ENGL 1500 or whether they are correctly placed in the One-Semester Bridge Program.

When Does SLU-Madrid Offer the TOEFL ITP Exams?

Institutional paper-based TOEFL ITP exams are offered at the beginning and end of every semester for students who have applied and those previously admitted to SLU-Madrid. To register for one of these exams, contact

Upcoming Dates for the TOEFL ITP Exams

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (TWE and TOEFL ITP)
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (TOEFL ITP)
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (SLUWE)
  • Friday, Aug. 30, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (TWE and TOEFL ITP)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (TOEFL ITP)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. (SLUWE)