AIIAS is an English-speaking institution, and English is the language of instruction for all on-campus and online courses. Because of its international nature, however, AIIAS courses bring together both teachers and students who speak different primary languages. Given the nature of graduate work, proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is important for a successful student experience. For this reason, all on-campus and online applicants need to demonstrate English proficiency.
Certain DLCs are designated as providing translation of lectures. For these, the same standards of English proficiency are not mandatory.
English proficiency exams are much like all other proficiency tests, but have some additional regulations. English proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
1. The student’s primary language is English.
2. The student holds either a baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree in which English was the medium of instruction for the degree conferred. However, if English proficiency is found to be insufficient for academic purposes, the academic department or program's committee may refer the student to the English Center for further evaluation.
3. An acceptable score on a standard test of English proficiency, sent directly from an official testing center. A score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or a Band score average of at least 6.5 with a minimum band of 5.5 in writing on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test. Note that the MA Education, TESOL emphasis requires a score of 7.0 with no band below 6.5 (see TESOL program requirements). English test results are valid for 2 years.
All applicants who need proof of English Proficiency will be required to submit, at the time of application, a standardized English test score for an estimation of time for degree completion unless the sponsor signs a waiver.
Students may take the English Proficiency Test on campus on the dates designated in the AIIAS academic calendar, normally shortly before the beginning of every term. The test consists of listening, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and a written composition. Online students may take an internationally recognized English examination (TOEFL, IELTS). Students applying to enter the English Center after the Proficiency Test for that term will be required to pay an additional expediting fee equal to the regular application fee in order for their placement to be determined.
Only students who meet English proficiency standards will be allowed to register for courses. AIIAS reserves the right to request, upon the recommendation of the department/program where the student is enrolled, further English language testing of particular students who appear to be weak in one or more language skills as evidenced by graduate course work.
Students who have not met English proficiency requirements are expected to retake a standardized English examination, or to take instruction in English as a Second Language, such as that offered on the AIIAS campus. Students in the English Center are expected to make adequate progress in their coursework in order to qualify for an AIIAS-sponsored visa. English students will be treated in the following ways based on their test scores:
A student who receives score of 53 or below on the English Proficiency Exam will work full time on English and register for Beginners' English (Level 1). If at the end of the term, the English course requirements have been satisfactorily completed, the student may register for Intermediate English (Level 2). Note: Students who enter Level 1 with a score of less than 30, will find it difficult to satisfactorily complete Level 1 within one term, and are likely to need to repeat the class.
The student who receives a score of 54-61 on the English Proficiency Exam will work full time on English and register for Intermediate English (Level 2). If at the end of the term the English course requirements have been satisfactorily completed, the student will proceed to Level 3.
The student who receives a score of 62-69 on the English Proficiency Exam will study English full time and register for Intermediate 2 English (Level 3). If at the end of the term the English course requirements have been satisfactorily complete, the student will proceed to Level 4.
The student who recieves a score of 70-76 will study English full time and register for Advanced English (Level 4). If at the end of the term the English course has been satisfactorily completed with a B grade or above, the sutdent may proceed to take the end-of-term English Proficiency Examination (EPE). A score of Band 6.5 or above on the EPE, with a minimum band of 5.5 in writing, is necessary to enter graduate work.
Students who have a total EPE score of 6.0 with three scores of 6, and no band score below 5.5 will be allowed to take a graduate class, plus 6 hours in the English Center, which will be prescribed based on the student's test scores and abilities.
Academic advising for student sin the transition period should favor prerequisite courses or practical courses that do not require extensive writing or theoretical conceptualization.
Students who receive an English Proficiency Exam score of 80-100 will have passed the English proficiency requirement for AIIAS.