Is a Language Test Required

The English language requirement may be waived in the following circumstance only.

The applicant is a native of or has studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in one of the following countries:

  • U.S.

  • United Kingdom

  • Ireland

  • Australia

  • New Zealand, or

  • English medium universities in Canada or South Africa*

  • *NOTE: This applies only to English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Study in English medium universities and in other countries does not qualify for a waiver

Waivers apply to students from the countries listed above only. Waivers only apply to those who have studied full time in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above.  Employment in an English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver. If you believe you qualify for a waiver, make sure to inform your admissions department as you are applying for admission to the University and they will review your case. 

What are the Accepted Types of Language Tests 

For the purpose of meeting the English language requirement of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program, students may submit either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or

  • Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)

  • For detail information regarding TOEFL or IELTS, please click here
  • For detail information regarding AEPA, please click here.

How to Take the AEPA

Step 1: Student requests the AEPA registration via application system and pays for the fee online.
Create your application account here. Choose the "Non-degree Program" and then the "Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program". In the section of "Supplement" after the "Test Scores", please choose “I need to request to take the AEPA as part of my application documents”. Once you finish the selection, the system will receive your request and our staff will proceed your request for AEPA. There is a $70 non-refundable assessment fee charged by the University of Chicago Office of Language Assessment (OLA) and will be collected during the application process online.

Step 2: Student will be contacted by the OLA staff to take the test
Once your AEPA request is received, you will receive a registration email from the Office of Language Assessment via in 7 work days to complete the AEPA registration. Please make sure that you add this email address to your contacts so that it does not go to your spam folder. For more information about the AEPA test format, please click here.

Step 3: Student takes the test and submits the application online
Once you have finished the AEPA, you can submit your application online as completed.

Where to Send My Score

TOEFL: If you are taking the TOEFL, request the scores to be sent to 1849 (Harris School of Public Policy).

IELTS: University of Chicago downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Chicago - Graduate Enrollment  
970 East 58th Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637           

If you have issues contacting the test center, please email with your TRF number as soon as possible.

AEPA: AEPA Score report will be directly sent to the admissions team so there requires no further action from you to send the score.