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Undergraduate Education


International Student Admission
Minimum Requirement for Regular Admission

All international applicants are required to be proficient in English as a condition for regular admission to MSU. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their proficiency by meeting certain minimum standards on any one of the following tests:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A total score of  79 or above with no subscores below 17  is required. Visit for details.
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A score of 6.5 or higher. Visit for details.
  3. Michigan State University Certificate of English Language Proficiency (CELP). A score of 65 with no subscores below 15. 
  4. Michigan State University English Language Test (MSUELT). An average score of at least 80 with no subscores below 80, or an average score of at least 85 with no subscores below 78, is required. The MSUELT is given on the campus of Michigan State University at the English Language Center.
  5. Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL). A score of 4 or higher. Visit for details.
  6. SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing. A score of 510 or higher with a composite score of at least 1110. Visit for details.
  7. ACT English. A score  of 18 or higher with a composite core of at least 23. Visit for details.
  8. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). A minimum score of 53 and no subscore below 48.
Michigan State University reserves the right to use alternative testing methods to demonstrate English language proficiency.