International Students

International Student Services
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
telephone: 419-372-2247
fax: 419-372-2429

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit evidence of English language skills in the form of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. BGSU requires a TOEFL score of at least 500 (paper based), 173 (computer based), or 71 (internet based); a MELAB score of at least 69; or an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Additionally, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take an English proficiency test upon reporting to the University and before registering for classes. International students transferring from other colleges or universities in the United States as well as students from Puerto Rico are also required to take these tests. Depending on a student’s placement score, the University reserves the right to require enrollment in and successful completion of English courses leading to the proficiency level expected in ESOL 1010 & 1040: ESOL 1000, ESOL 1010, ESOL 1030, and ESOL 1040. The University may also limit the number of courses taken for credit.

For more information visit the International Programs website at