Cherry Blossoms

Prospective International Students

English Proficiency Requirements

In order to successfully participate and complete college level classes, you must be able to listen, read, speak and write in the English language. The English proficiency test score is a requirement for admission to the College.

Proof of English Proficiency

The most common examinations accepted as proof of English proficiency from international students are TOEFL and IELTS, but below is a complete list of exams accepted by the Office of International Student Programs.

Note: Results more than two years old will not be accepted.

Accepted Tests

Minimum Requirements for Full Admission

TOEFL Foothill's TOEFL code: 4315

61 iBT or 46 PBT

TOEFL Essentials


IELTS/ IELTS Indicator





500 EBRW


Level 4

Pearson PTE Academic


Cambridge English

175 (Advance Exam)



STEP Eiken


LanguageCert Academic



Other English Proficiency Waivers

Must be verified by a transcript or other documenation. We do not guarantee waivers and must review the application in order to make a decision.

Waiver Types

Required Score/Documentation

High/secondary school completion in countries where English is the primary language of instruction (view

list of eligible countries)

Official transcript
Completion of 3+ years at an international high/secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction Official transcript and a letter on school's letterhead, stating that English was the primary language of instruction
IB (International Baccalaureate) English A HL or SL

"4" or higher

Completed English A and B courses in Scandinavian countries

Sweden: "C" or higher

Norway: "4" or higher

Others: "VG" or "MVG"

Completed college-level English classes at a College or University where English is the primary language of instruction Official transcript with grades "C" or higher


Language Schools

Students who did not meet the English proficiency score can choose to attend one of our partner English language schools.

Students who attend a partner language school will receive a Conditional Letter of Admission. Once the proper level is achieved, the student can transfer to Foothill College and receive full admission. 

Visit Conditional Admission for list of partner language schools.


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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

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