International Student English Requirements

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English Proficiency Non-Native English Speakers Graduate students who are non-native speakers of English are assessed during their first semester of graduate school. The clinical faculty conducts informal screening of the intelligibility and oral communication, in English, of all graduate students. Any student, whatever his or her native language, who is identified by an instructor, whether academic or clinical, as having spoken or written language proficiency that does not meet the above standard will be offered the opportunity to receive assessment and intervention through appropriate venues, to include the program’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center. The student will not be required to participate as a client in therapy; however, the student will be held responsible for development of communication skills sufficient to achieve effective clinical and professional interaction with clients and relevant others. Efforts will be made to assist students in locating appropriate services/resources. Appropriateness of continuation as a student clinician in clinic will be made on a case-by-case basis if a student has been identified as presenting a deficiency in spoken and/or written English.

Students who have been identified as needing services to improve their English must be approved by the Clinic Committee for admission into, or continuation of, the clinical practicum experience. International students must achieve a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based exam); or 79 (iBT). They may alternatively submit a score of 6.5 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).