English As A Second Language * : Degrees & Policies


The program director of the English as a Second Language program is available to advise students and place them into ESL courses prior to and at the beginning of each semester.

Acceptance Information

All international students who are applying to undergraduate programs at the University at Buffalo and whose first or dominant language is not English should contact International Admissions for details about required English test scores for standard and conditional admission, or to apply to the university.

International undergraduate students who do not meet the university's English requirements for admission are welcome to apply to the Intensive English Program instead. The Intensive English Program is a non-credit, full-time program offered by the English Language Institute. See http://www.buffalo.edu/eli for more information.

Transfer Policy

Students required to take ESL courses to meet conditional admission requirements may be able to substitute transfer courses. Written English I (ESL 407) may be waived based on the transfer with a satisfactory grade of an equivalent course from another accredited U.S. institution. Courses considered equivalent are those which satisfy the regular composition requirements at that institution rather than courses that are prerequisites for composition courses.

Written English I (ESL 407) may be waived based on a TOEFL score. Both the total score and the individual section scores will be analyzed before a waiver can be considered. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based version is required for consideration of a waiver. Waivers based on iBT scores are also possible (minimum total score of 100 for consideration.)

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:31 EST