UW Graduate School

J-1 Visiting Graduate English Proficiency Requirement

Visiting Graduate Students requesting J-1 visa status must demonstrate English Proficiency in one of the following three ways:

Results of a recognized English language test:
J-1 Visiting Graduate Students may provide English test results in two ways:

1.) Electronically report an official TOEFLibt or IELTS score to the University of Washington. The score will be loaded into your graduate application.

To report the TOEFL score, contact ETS to order your official score report. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Our institution code is: 4854 (University of Washington). Department code: 99 (any department).

To report the IELTS test, contact your testing centre to send the scores electronically using the E-TRF system to the following address: University of Washington All Campuses, Organisation ID 365, Undergrad & Graduate Admis, Box 355850, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States of America. IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

2.) Provide a scanned copy of the test results; your name must be on the results. If you accept an offer to become a Visiting Graduate student, you will then submit the copy along with your DS-2019 request (for J-1 visa application) and upload into your online application.

Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school:

J-1 Visiting Graduate Students may provide signed documentation in three ways:

1.) a.) In your graduate application, upload a transcript from an academic institution where English is the medium of instruction (the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, or the United Kingdom).

b.) Please ask a school administrator or official from the academic institution to complete this Certification Letter and sign it. If you accept an offer to become a Visiting Graduate student, you will then submit the letter along with your DS-2019 request (for J-1 visa application) and upload into your online application.

2.) a.) If you attended an academic institution in a country other than those listed in #1 above, the transcripts should state that English is the medium of instruction. The transcript will be uploaded into your graduate application.

b.) Please ask a school administrator or official from the academic institution to complete this Certification Letter and sign it. If you accept an offer to become a Visiting Graduate student, you will then submit the letter along with your DS-2019 request (for J-1 visa application) and upload into your online application.

3.) If you attended an English language school, please request a school administrator or official to complete this Certification Letter and sign it. If you accept an offer to become a Visiting Graduate student, you will then submit the letter along with your DS-2019 request (J-1 visa application) and upload into your online application.

A documented interview conducted by the sponsor:

A University of Washington sponsoring department can choose to assess & document your English proficiency via an interview. Please use the Visiting Graduate Interview Certification form.

This interview must be performed in person or by video conference. If neither of those options are possible, a phone interview may be used. The interview should be conducted by the faculty sponsor or another employee within the department who is proficient in spoken English.

Required information:

  • The names of the participants,
  • The date, time, and method of the interview, and
  • How English proficiency was assessed.

If you accept an offer to become a Visiting Graduate student, you will submit a copy of the signed interview certification along with your DS-2019 request (for J-1 visa application) and upload into your online application.