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Language Proficiency Requirements

Effective January 5, 2015, J-1 Regulations require "sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis." [22 CFR 62.11(a)(2)]

Regulations require use of one of the following "objective measurements of English language proficiency" to determine an applicant's language proficiency:

  • A recognized English language test (ex. TOEFL, IELTS)

  • A signed letter on university letterhead from a faculty/professor within the English / Foreign Language Department of the academic institutionClick here for a sample letter.

  • A documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option. Click here for a sample letter.

As per SBU policy, J-1 Student Interns are required to meet the same language proficiency requirements as all other SBU students. A minimum 85 TOEFL IBT or 6.5 IELTS is required.

Click here to review the guidelines for submitting sufficient evidence of English Language proficiency in accessVIS.

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