Thomas Jefferson University

International Students

For general information about applying to Thomas Jefferson University, visit the Office of Admissions in Center City.

English Language Proficiency

College of Health Professions: Couples & Family Therapy, Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology and Physician Assistant Studies (Center City Campus)

College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Advanced Practice Certificate, Occupational Therapy Department, Physical Therapy, Using Design in Healthcare Advanced Practice Certificate  

College of Life Sciences: PhD, Master of Science, Graduate Certificate, Postbacccalaureate Pre-Professional Program (P4)

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Thomas Jefferson University.  Students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores or fulfill one or more of the conditions necessary to waive the English language proficiency requirement.  TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.

TOEFL

Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows:

Reading 21
Listening 22
Speaking 23
Writing 21

 

Official TOEFL scores should be sent to Jefferson using the apporpriate code based on program:

TOEFL Code Jefferson College
Academic Programs
2999 Health Professions
Couples & Family Therapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology, Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
3709 Health Professions Physician Assistant Studies
2999 Life Sciences All programs
2999 Rehabilitation Sciences Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Advanced Practice Certificate, Occupational Therapy Post Professional Advanced Practice Certificates, Post Professional OTD, Using Design in Healthcare Advanced Practice Certificate
2666 Rehabilitation Sciences Occupational Therapy, Entry Level Programs
5312 Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy

IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of at least 6.5 and individual section scores as follows:

Reading 6.5
Listening 6.5
Speaking 7
Writing 6

Official IELTS score reports should be mailed to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 South 9th Street
Edison Building, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

TOEFL or IELTS requirement will be waived if you have:

  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities.
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field. (Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.)
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Thomas Jefferson University directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language [PDF].