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Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The English Language Institute Transition Program

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The English Language Institute Transition Program allows international students to earn credits toward graduation from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences once they have achieved an Internet-based TOEFL score of 53 or paper-based TOEFL score or 475 or equivalent. Transition classes carry Arts and Sciences credit and, in some instances, may satisfy core requirements. In other instances, they will be considered elective credits.

The Transition Program offers international students a carefully sequenced entry into the College of Arts and Sciences. It facilitates their becoming regular Arts and Sciences students while they are still refining their skills in the English language. This program accelerates progress toward graduation while providing an opportunity for international students to receive the full benefit of a liberal arts education at Pacific University.

Admission Requirements

  • Students may enter ELI classes at any time but must have a TOEFL score of 475 PBT/53 iBT or certified alternative to participate in the Transition Program.
  • Students admitted to the Transition Program have been also conditionally admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Normally, students should possess the equivalent of a high school diploma with a minimum of a “B” average.
  • Certified alternatives to the TOEFL test, such as the IELTS or ELPT, will be accepted when determining initial language proficiency.
  • A rolling admissions policy will be followed. Students are welcome to apply for the ELI Program at any time and may begin their ELI classes every eight weeks. However, students may begin credit-bearing ELI Transition classes only in August and January.
  • Students residing on campus will pay full tuition, room and board, and all other costs, just as do current regularly admitted students in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will have the same privileges and access to University resources.


Tuition for English Language Transition classes is based on the current Forest Grove Undergraduate Student rate for part-time students.


Students who have met admissions criteria and achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 475 PBT/ 53 iBT are required to take appropriate Transition Program classes. As each student moves at a different pace in the language learning process, the time spent enrolled in the ELI Transition Program will vary. Students are normally able to accumulate from 18 – 20 undergraduate credits before entering the undergraduate program full-time:

  • 6 ELI Language credits
  • 6 ELI Transition credits
  • 6-8 Arts & Sciences Transition Credits

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