English Language Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing scores that meet the University's minimum on one of the following exams or through one of the alternative options listed below.  This includes international students and domestic students who completed most of primary and secondary education outside the U.S.

Note: Determining the English language proficiency requirement is at the discretion of UW Bothell. Applicants who are required to prove English language proficiency are exempt from the World Languages admission requirement.

Exam Title Minimum Scores for University
Admissions Consideration
TOEFL: internet based 92*
TOEFL: paper based 580
IELTS (Academic Module) 7.0

*A TOEFL score of 90 or 91 combined with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher is allowed in place of a TOEFL score of 92 (except for applicants applying to Computer Science and Software Systems programs).

UW Bothell’s Institution Code for the TOEFL is 9964.

Test scores are only valid for 2 years.

Alternative Options for the English Language Proficiency Requirement:


90-Credit Option (must meet all four requirements)*:

  1. Have earned a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA AND 
  2. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of English Composition (UW Engl 131) (Ex: English 101) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution AND 
  3. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of Writing from Research (UW Engl 182) (Ex: English 102) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution AND
  4. Completed 90 transferrable quarter credits (or 60 transferrable semester credits) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution

NOTE: We strongly recommend completion of English Composition (UW Engl 131) and Writing from Research (UW Engl 182) at the time of application.

*Computer Science and Software Systems applicants have different requirements.


Completion of the University of Washington Bothell's Bothell English Program.  This program is for students who do not meet our English language proficiency requirement, but have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 65, IELTS of 5.5, or have successfully completed level 3 of UW Seattle's Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).

A-IEP Admission Requirements

Qualifying Test or Score Bothell English Program Level 4 Bothell English Program Level 5
TOEFL 65 76
IELTS 5.5 6
CIEP ( Successful completion with 80% or higher) * LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4

* CIEP students who repeat CIEP Level 3 or Level 4 cannot be admitted to A-IEP.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of the Bothell English Program.


The University of Washington Bothell has partnered with the University of Washington Seattle Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement(s) for admission, but are otherwise admissible.

A minimum grade of 80 percent is required in each course and students must obtain a recommendation from the Senior Director of the UW Seattle English Language Programs.  After successful completion of the UW Seattle Intensive English Program requirements, applicants do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to UW Bothell.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of CIEP.


Completion of a minimum of four years of high school English in the United States with grades of 3.0 or higher and a minimum SAT critical reading score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20.


Completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 90 transferrable quarter credits (or 60 transferrable semester credits) earned at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.; or completion of a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.


International students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States are exempt from this requirement. Students who were born in one of these countries but were educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.


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