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:
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, then contact the admissions office to have your case reviewed.
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)
There is no minimum score requirement for TOEFL or IELTS.
What is AEPA and How Can I Take AEPA?
Where to Send My Score?
Please note that we accept unofficial score reports. You can upload a PDF version of your TOEFL or IELTS score report directly to your application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.