International Applicants

Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study at Rutgers. Admitted students may be required to take a test of English proficiency soon after they arrive at the university, and they may also be required to take coursework in English as a Second Language (ESL).

International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not their native language. For further information about the test, visit or write to TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. The telephone number is 609-771-7100. To learn more about the IELTS, visit the website at

New international students appointed as teaching assistants are required to take an oral proficiency test regardless of their TOEFL scores. They are also required to take two-weeks of intensive training during the summer sponsored by the Graduate School–Newark and the Program in American Languages. They will be notified of said training by the Graduate School–Newark and the corresponding departments. Nonimmigrant students also must present evidence that they have adequate financial resources to meet their educational and living expenses. The university may deny admission to international applicants who lack proficiency in English.


Visit: 175 University Avenue, Conklin Hall Suite 241, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Phone: (973) 353-5834


Rutgers Graduate School-Newark
Office of the Dean

Rutgers Graduate School - Newark

Office of the Dean

175 University Avenue,

Conklin Hall,  Suite 241
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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