Language Proficiency Requirements

International Students’ Language Proficiency Requirements


Minimum language proficiency requirements

Applicants are required to submit a language proficiency certificate that meets the minimum language proficiency requirements in their degree program applications.

Programs Conducted in Chinese

If you are applying for a program that is conducted in Chinese, you will need to submit a Chinese proficiency certificate at CEFR A2 (Waystage) or above (please refer to Chinese Proficiency Test Comparison Chart).

For example:

  • Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL): Band A Level 2
  • Chinese Proficiency Test, HSK: Level 4

Programs Conducted in English

If you are applying for a program that is conducted in English (including English-taught programs and programs with sufficient English courses to satisfy graduation requirements), you will need to submit an English proficiency certificate at CEFR B2 (Vantage) or above (please refer to English Proficiency Test Comparison Chart).

For example:

  • TOEFL iBT: 71
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • TOEIC: 750
  • GEPT: High-Intermediate

Language Proficiency Required by Each Department

The language proficiency required by each department may vary. Specific requirements of each department/graduate institute can be found at 2022/2023 Application Requirements and Admission Quotas for International Degree Students (to be updated in July 2021).

Should the applicants meet the minimum language proficiency requirements, but fall short of the department’s or graduate institute’s requirements, the department or graduate institute committee reserves the right to reject admission, grant admission offer, or grant a conditional admission offer.

Chinese conditional admission offer

If an international student accepts a Chinese conditional admission offer, he or she will have to first study a Chinese language program at the Chinese Language Division (CLD) and obtain a Chinese proficiency certificate at the designated level or above in order to be accepted for enrollment. The Chinese conditional admission offer will remain valid for at most 1 year, and will be cancelled if he or she fails to provide such documents within the 1 year time frame.

English conditional admission offer

If an international student accepts an English conditional admission offer, he or she will have to submit an English proficiency certificate at the designated level or above in order to be accepted for enrollment. The English conditional admission offer will remain valid for at most 1 year, and will be cancelled if he or she fails to provide such documents within the 1 year time frame.


Exemption from Submitting Language Proficiency Certificates

Applicants that meet any one of the following criteria are exempted from providing certificates of language proficiency.

Programs Conducted in Chinese:

Applicants applying to a program conducted in Chinese do not need to provide a certificate of language proficiency if:

  • Chinese (Mandarin) is your mother tongue
    If your mother tongue is Chinese, please provide an introduction letter (written in Chinese) outlining your day-to-day use of the language, learning progress, and your listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Your previous degree was conducted in Chinese (Mandarin)
    If your previous degree was conducted in Chinese (Mandarin), we will only require that you submit relevant documents of proof. No further proofs of Chinese language proficiency will be required.
  • You have previously majored in Chinese (Mandarin)
    If any of your previous degrees were of a Chinese (Mandarin) major, we will only require that you submit your certification of graduation or a certification provided by your previous university. No further proofs of Chinese language proficiency will be required.

Programs Conducted in English:

Applicants applying to a program conducted in English (including English-taught programs and programs with sufficient English courses to satisfy graduation requirements) do not need to provide a certificate of language proficiency if:

  • You are from an English-speaking country
    Our application system will automatically exempt you from having to submit English proficiency documents. Our list of English-speaking countries is below.
  • Your previous degree was obtained from an English-speaking country
    If you have previously obtained a degree from an English-speaking country, we will only require that you submit your graduation certificate. No further proofs of English language proficiency will be required.
  • Your previous degree was conducted in English
    If your previous degree was entirely taught in English, we will only require that you submit a certification provided by your previous university. No further proofs of English language proficiency will be required.
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Canada
Dominica
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Kingdom of Eswatini
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Philippines
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Sudan (Republic of)
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Overseas Chinese/Hong Kong and Macao Students’ Language Proficiency Requirements


Recommendation by Overseas High Schools

Since most of the undergraduate programs at NTU are conducted in Chinese, students’s Chinese language abilities are expected to be at least equivalent to CEFR A2. Documents that prove you have at least basic Chinese proficiency include Chinese proficiency certificates, Chinese course completion certificates, a graduation certificate from a Chinese-medium high school, a self-statement written in Chinese, etc.


Applications through University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students (UECOCS)

United Distribution

The united distribution application method does not have any minimum language proficiency requirements.

Individual Application

Overseas Chinese students applying for an undergraduate or graduate program through the individual application can find out more about the language proficiency requirements of each department at the UECOCS application quota webpage.

Mainland Chinese Students’ Language Proficiency Requirements


Requirements vary depending on each department or graduate institute. Mainland Chinese students are advised to refer to the University Entrance Committee for Mainland Chinese Students website to find out more about the language proficiency requirements of each department or graduate institute.