Northeastern Illinois University requires international applicants to meet or exceed English language proficiency standards. Normally that proficiency is shown by meeting minimum scores on one of three proficiency tests: i.e., IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE (Pearson Test of English). However, students who meet one of the following three conditions may be exempted from providing proficiency test results:

  1. Students is from the following countries:

  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Canada (English-speaking)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Lucia
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • St. Vincent
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe
  1. Students who can provide documentation that they received an education exclusively in English at the high school or university level for at least 3 academic years.

  2. Students who have earned 24 credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for undergraduate admission, or 2.75 for graduate admission.