Language Testing & Support
All graduate students need strong communication skills in order to succeed. Students must be able to effectively communicate their ideas in their graduate coursework, in their research, in presentations to the wider academic community, and when instructing undergraduates.
English Language Programs (ELP) is a unit of The Graduate School that provides instruction and support for international students and postdocs working to improve their English language proficiency, in partnership with the Department of Linguistics. Services are offered free of charge throughout the academic year, and include:
- Orientation programs
- Placement and proficiency exams
- Group language courses
- Individual instruction
- Supported online speech and language training
Visit the English Language Programs website to learn more.
The Graduate School (TGS) has established a minimum level of spoken English proficiency that international students must attain in order to become eligible for funding as a graduate or teaching assistant. This is distinct from TOEFL and IELTS standards for admission to TGS programs.
Students can fulfill TGS’s English proficiency requirement for GA/TA funding through a variety of different test formats. ELP administers English proficiency assessments at Northwestern, and is available for individual consultations with students and departments about language proficiency.