International Applicants

Most international applicants to the Master of Arts in Digital Studies program must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score in order to complete their application. Additionally, some students may be invited to participate in the University of Chicago’s Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program that takes place the summer before the start of the autumn quarter.

TOEFL

International applicants submitting a TOEFL score must meet the following requirements:

  • Total score must be 104 or higher.
  • Sub-scores must be 26 or higher.
  • Scores must be less than two years old.
  • Scores must be sent to the University of Chicago, institutional code 1832.

IELTS

International applicants submitting an IELTS score must meet the following requirements:

  • Total score must by 7 or higher.
  • Sub-scores must be 7 or higher.
  • Score must be less than two years old.
  • Scores should be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

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Waivers

The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant is a native of, or has studied full-time for at least one academic year within the last five years, in certain countries. The full list of countries is available from the International Affairs website.

Waivers apply to students from the countries listed by the Office of International Affairs only. Students who are natives of or who have studied English in other countries (for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.) are not exempt from the English language requirement. 

Additionally, note that waivers only apply to those who have studied full-time in one of the listed countries - employment in an English-speaking country does not count as eligibility for a waiver.

Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program

Some international applicants may be admitted conditionally if they attend the University of Chicago’s Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP). There is no separate application for the AEPP.

Additional Resources

The Division of the Humanities also offers a resource page with additional information for international students about UChicago programs and offices, housing resources, and general assistance.

Please feel free to contact the Division at humanitiesadmissions@uchicago.edu, or the Digital Studies staff at digitalstudies@uchicago.edu with any further questions.