Language Proficiency


The Test of English as a Foreign Language ™ (TOEFL®) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

Academic English for International Students

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help newly-admitted international students develop expertise in English for academic purposes while they are studying at the University of Oregon. The results will be used to determine which AEIS classes, if any, students will be required to take to complete their degree program at the UO. The test has no effect on the student's overall standing within the university.

AEIS classes are regular credit bearing courses at the UO, and count towards University of Oregon graduation requirements (4 credits per course). AEIS is a part of an international student's degree requirement at the UO and should be completed during the first year of enrollment. 

AEIS Testing

Language Proficiency Assessments

To graduate with a BA degree, University of Oregon students need to demonstrate competency in one language other than English (LOTE). As specified in the UO catalog, students may meet this graduation requirement for the BA degree through coursework or in other ways, with or without UO credits.

An oral assessment alone, the OPI or ALTA for example, will not meet the second language requirement. To meet the second language proficiency requirement, you will need to take an assessment of writing and reading in your chosen language, or work with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Divisional Dean of Humanities ( to meet those requirements if one or the other is not available.

CAS has designed an interactive website to help you determine the best way to meet the language proficiency requirement.

If you have prior experience in a language and want to take courses at the UO in that language, learn more about language placement tests.

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