International Students

Admissions and support information for international students

English Language Proficiency

English Language Proficiency Miami Dade College courses are taught in English. The College will provide English language training for students who have insufficient language skills. Students may demonstrate their English Language proficiency by submitting original TOEFL scores, IELTS scores or by taking the COMPASS/ESL test. The COMPASS/ESL test is administered at MDC upon students' arrival at the college. Students requiring English language training may need to attend additional semesters at the college to complete their program of study.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is usually administered five (5) times each year at centers in most countries around the world. For Information on TOEFL, visit The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures ability to communicate in English and for information on IELTS, visit

Though it is not a requirement for admission, students who have taken the SAT or ACT and have earned the required scores to be exempt from placement testing should contact College Board (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) and request their scores to be sent directly to Miami Dade College. For enrollment in college courses, The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is administered at MDC. To review information for the PERT, please visit