Academic English for Multilingual Students (formerly ESL)

The AEM 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

AEM 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.

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AEM 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 80 (internet-based) with no sub-score below 18 or IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0, or PTEA overall score of 53 with no sub-score below 45.

Applicants 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.

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