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International Applicants

For specific information, visit Stony Brook's Graduate School website for international students. The following information is meant to generally answer questions that are frequently asked by international students.

Language Requirements for Admission

All applicants who are non-native English speakers must have a TOEFL score of at least 90 (iBT) for admission.

The award of a Teaching Assistantship will be contingent on the candidate's ability to speak English proficiently. All non-native English speaking graduate students who have instructional responsibilities must have a TSE/SPEAK score of 55.

The SPEAK test is taken here at Stony Brook upon your arrival. Students who take the SPEAK test and score at least 55 will be cleared to teach. Those with a score of 50-54 will be required to take and pass ESL 598 in their first semester at Stony Brook. Students who score 40-49 on the SPEAK test must take and pass ESL 591 in their first semester at Stony Brook and ESL 598 in the spring semester.

Click here for the Intensive English Website