English Language Requirements

In addition to the online application and $50 application fee that must be submitted, international students must provide the following English Language material(s) in order to be considered for admission:

1. TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson or Cambridge Scores
2. Credential Evaluation

English Language Test Scores

Villanova University requires international applicants to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting official scores from one of the following test providers.

TEST       Minimum Score

TOEFL           80

IELTS             6.5

Pearson         54

Cambridge     58       

Another way to demonstrate proficiency in English is to study at an English Language Center in the U.S. Villanova offers agreements with two programs:

1) University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI). More information on this program can be found here.

2) ELS Center.  If you meet all of our admissions requirements, you may receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance until you have successfully completed the ELS Level 112 English for Academic Purposes. For more information about the English language programs offered by ELS, visit this website. There is an ELS Center very near Villanova University in Philadelphia, at St. Joseph’s University. Click here for more information.

Credential evaluation

Villanova’s Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. and Canada undergo a course-by-course analysis by an expert academic credential evaluator in the United States. Students are responsible for paying all fees for such evaluations and must make arrangements with the credential evaluation company to send and receive their documents. The fee is approximately $160. Villanova recommends WES or one of the members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) as acceptable evaluators. Information about NACES can be found here.



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