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English Language Proficiency Requirements

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J-1 exchange visitors must demonstrate English language proficiency by use of one of several established “objective measurements.”

At Penn, this requirement may be met by one of the following options:

  1. An acceptable score on a recognized standardized English language test.
  2. Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) conducted by the Penn English Language Program (ELP).
  3. Host Department Interview

*Some exceptions may apply to this requirement.

Please refer to the Penn ISSS J-1 Visiting Scholars webpage to learn more about the English language proficiency requirement and possible exceptions.