The ESL Program upholds the Vision, Mission, and Values of the University of San Francisco. Particularly important are the University's core values that include a commitment to:
- excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service
- diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions in a global context
- respect for promotion and the dignity of every person
ESL courses for matriculated international students are open only to students who are conditionally admitted to the University and need to improve their English skills. Courses are offered at high intermediate and advanced levels.
ESL courses for degree-seeking students: Non-native speakers
of English applying to USF degree programs must submit official results
of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to the USF
Admissions office. To be considered for full undergraduate admission to
USF, international applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of at
least 79 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based), or IELTS overall band
score of at least 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5.
who do not have a sufficient TOEFL or IELTS score may be admitted to
USF undergraduate programs on an English Conditional basis, except for
the School of Nursing. Normally, English-Conditional admission requires a TOEFL score
of 60 iBT, with no subscore below 10; an IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 5.5 with no
subscore below 5.0; or a PTEA Overall Score above 40. Applicants who present these scores
may be admitted to USF on an English Conditional basis, except for the School of Nursing.
Students who wish to apply for English Conditional
undergraduate admission must apply through the USF Undergraduate Admissions office.
For information about international admission requirements for graduate programs, please visit the Graduate Admission International Application Process web page.
Email us for information or call (415) 422-6862