INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT (ELPR)International students may register for any Early Fall Start course whether or not they meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR). If you are an international student and have not met the ELPR, you may want to consider taking an Academic English course (English 102, 103, and 104) to strengthen your English proficiency. (For more information on meeting the ELPR, see below.)
Early Fall Start courses include:
- Discovery Seminars offer students the opportunity to explore topics from a range of disciplines in small class settings. As with all EFS courses, these seminars meet for two and a half hours each morning and topics are offered in an intensive format. If you have concerns about your proficiency with spoken and written English or if you have not met the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR), you may want to consider taking either English 108, Writing Ready or one of the Academic English Program courses, English 102, 103 or 104.
- English 108: Writing Ready: Preparing for College Level Writing gives students who feel unprepared for university level writing practice reading, drafting and revising assignments in a supportive environment. English 108 also introduces students to campus resources and is taught by experienced teachers trained especially for this course.
- English 102 and 103: Writing from Sources II and III help students analyze and write about academic readings and English 104: Academic Listening and Speaking focuses on improving students' lecture comprehension and speaking skills. These courses in the Academic English Program (AEP) are taught by English language specialists.
- You can begin satisfying your ELPR requirement during Early Fall Start by enrolling in Academic English Language Courses ENGL 102, 103 or 104. We urge you to consider your options carefully. Please understand that English 108 does not fulfill the ELPR requirement. You may visit the Academic English Program (AEP) course placement page to help you decide which academic English course to take. If you have questions about AEP courses, please contact Amy Renehan at ARenehan@pce.uw.edu
- Option 2: You have the option to challenge your current standardized test results (e.g. TOEFL, SAT, ACT, or IELTS) by taking the AEP Placement Test to see if you can meet the language proficiency requirement at the University of Washington. Testing schedule, fees and procedures are available on the AEP Placement Test website.
- Option 3: You can enroll in another EFS course, but you will have to take an AEP course during fall quarter.
Students satisfy the ELPR by passing one of five standardized English Language Proficiency tests with the following minimum scores:
|490||SAT: Critical Reading (SAT CR) score or Writing (SAT W) score|
|21||ACT: Combined English/Writing (ACT E/W) score|
|7.0||IELTS (overall score of all sections)|
|92||TOEFL iBT (Internet version)
(total of reading, writing, listening and speaking)
|237||TOEFL CBT (computer version)|
|580||TOEFL PBT (paper version)|
Additional information for meeting ELPR can be found at depts.washington.edu/registra/students/elpr/
NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSIf you choose to participate in an Early Fall Start program and you will be entering the U.S. for the first time, please be aware that U.S. immigration policy will not allow you to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019). The official start date for all new international students is September 11, which means you will be able to enter the U.S. after August 11. This is well before the beginning of Early Fall Start on August 27. Please make your travel plans accordingly and note that Early Fall Start students cannot move into a residence hall until Sunday, August 25.
COMPULSORY DAY-LONG ORIENTATIONAs an international student enrolled in the EFS program you must attend a compulsory day-long orientation on Monday, August 26. More information about the 2013 EFS International Student's orientation and other helpful instructions can be found at the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS).
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
AUGUST 26, 2013
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
AUGUST 26, 2013