English Proficiency

Since English is the language of instruction at Brown, you must demonstrate that you:

  • Understand English as spoken in the classroom
  • Express thoughts quickly and clearly in both spoken and written English
  • Read English with ease

English language proficiency must be achieved before you are admitted. Brown does not offer courses in English as a second language for its undergraduates and does not accept on a provisional basis students who are deficient in English. We highly recommend that international applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and arrange for Brown to receive the official results. A TOEFL score of 100 or above on the internet-based exam, or 600 or above on the paper-based exam, or a score of 8.0 or above on the IELTS, is expected in most cases. Note that in addition, students are expected to complete all other test requirements outlined in the Standardized Test Requirements section of this website.