English proficiency requirements

As an international student, you are required to meet the university's English proficiency requirements.

Report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.


  • Minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL iBT and IELTS 6.5 are required for admission to Wayne State.


WSU also accepts exam scores from the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). You must score a minimum of 85 on the MELAB and 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

Visit the MELAB website to learn more.

English proficiency exemptions

If your native language is not English but you have been instructed in the English language, you are not necessarily exempt from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of Written English (TWE) and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) requirements.

If you meet at least one of the following requirements, you are exempt from TOEFL/TWE/OPI:

  • Your native language is English.

  • You have completed all secondary or postsecondary education in the United States, Canada or other another English-speaking country. The following countries are also exempt from taking the TOEFL:
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Anguilla
    • Australia
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • Bahamas
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Great Britain (UK)
    • Grenada
    • Greenland
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • St. Kitts Nevis Ang.
    • Cayman Islands
    • Saint Lucia
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (US)
    • South Africa


  • You are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country who has completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree (college parallel degree) from a U.S. institution.

  • You have completed acceptable transfer credits from a U.S. institution equivalent to Wayne State's basic composition and intermediate composition requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.