English Requirements Required Language Test (PKU-UChicago IPAL)

Is a language test required?

The English language requirement may be waived in the following circumstance only:

The applicant is a native of or has studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in one of the following countries:

  • U.S.

  • United Kingdom

  • Ireland

  • Australia

  • New Zealand, or

  • English medium universities in Canada or South Africa*

    • *NOTE: This applies only to English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Study in English medium universities and in other countries does not qualify for a waiver

Waivers apply to students from the countries listed above only. Waivers only apply to those who have studied full time in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above. Employment in an English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver.

If you believe you qualify for a waiver, then contact the admissions office (ipal@uchicago.edu) to have your case reviewed.

English Reqirements Accepted Language Tests (PKU-UChicago IPAL)

What are the accepted types of language tests?

For the purpose of meeting the English language requirement of the PKU–UChicago International Policy Action Lab program, students may submit either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or

  • Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Your test score must be valid at the time of the admissions deadline. 

Minimum Score Requirement for TEOFL, IELTS (PKU-UChicago IPAL)

What is the minimum score required?

There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score requirement for the PKU–UChicago International Policy Action Lab program. 

You may be subject to taking an English Language Course, two half-day workshops during the first weekend of the program. This course is by invitation only and included in the program cost.

English Requirements AEPA (PKU-UChicago IPAL)

What is AEPA and how do I take AEPA?

The Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) is an alternative TOEFL or IELTS language assessment. It is offered through UChicago's Office of Language Assessment. AEPA is a 30-minute one-on-one phone conversation. The AEPA includes a $70 non-refundable assessment fee.

The University of Chicago's Office of International Affairs has more information about the AEPA.

How do I take AEPA?

How to take AEPA guide


Step 1: Request the AEPA registration via application system and pays for the fee online.

In the "Supplement" section of the application, on the "Test Scores" page, please choose “I need to request to take the AEPA as part of my application documents”. Once you save the section, the system will receive your request and our staff will proceed your request for AEPA.

There is a $70 non-refundable assessment fee charged by the University of Chicago Office of Language Assessment (OLA). The fee will appear on the application and is payable in the online application.

Step 2: The University of Chicago Office of Language Assessment contacts you to take the test

Once your AEPA request is received, you will receive a registration email from the Office of Language Assessment (languageassessment@uchicago.edu) in 7 work days to complete the AEPA registration. Please make sure that you add this email address to your contacts so that it does not go to your spam folder. It is your responsibility to respond to the email and schedule the assessment before the application deadline.

Step 3: Take the test and submit the application online

Once you have finished the AEPA, you can submit your application online as completed.

English Requirements Where to Send Scores (PKU-UChicago IPAL)

How do I submit my score?

Please note that we accept unofficial score reports. You can upload a PDF version of your TOEFL or IELTS score report directly to your application.

TOEFL: If you are taking the TOEFL, request the scores to be sent to 1849 (Harris School of Public Policy).

IELTS: University of Chicago downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Chicago - Graduate Enrollment
970 East 58th Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637

AEPA: AEPA score report will be directly sent to the admissions team. No further action from you is required to send the score.