Eli Whitney Students Program - Information for International Students

International students applying to the Eli Whitney Students Program follow essentially the same procedure and have the same application requirements as other students. The information below could be of specific interest to students applying from abroad or who are not U.S. citizens.

International students generally must have F-1 status to enter the Eli Whitney Students Program and must register as full-time students during their tenure at Yale. A minimum of three Yale credits (i.e. three semester courses) is considered full-time. 

Please note that if your application materials include any documents that are not in English, you must provide an official English translation in addition to the original documents. International candidates must have the proper examining agencies send official copies of any external examination results (such as GCSEs or O-level equivalents, A-levels, and IBs) directly to the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office. We will also accept copies of test results that your secondary school sends.

English proficiency exams

Yale strongly recommends that non-native English-speakers who have not taken at least two years of their most recent education where English is the medium of instruction take any one of the proficiency tests listed below.


The TOEFL requires pre-registration for available testing dates. Yale’s most competitive applicants have TOEFL scores of at least: 

  • 100 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • 25 on each of the three sections of the paper-and-pencil TOEFL Paper-delivered Test

Please note that results from the November test (for Single-Choice Early Action) or the January test (for Regular Decision) may not arrive in time for the committee’s consideration. Be sure to include Yale’s CEEB code (3987) on all test registrations.

IELTS and Pearson Test of English

The IELTS and PTE offer proficiency tests in locations around the world. Pre-registration is required. Yale’s most competitive applicants have IELTS scores of 7 or higher and Pearson Test scores of 70 or higher.

Duolingo English Test (DET)

Applicants may submit the Duolingo English Test (DET), which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place with internet access. Yale’s most competitive applicants have DET scores of at least 120.