English Preparatory Program

English Language Requirement at IUE

The medium of instruction at the Izmir University of Economics (IUE) is English. All newly admitted students (graduate, undergraduate, vocational school, transfer, and special students) have to verify that their English proficiency levels are adequate to follow the mainstream courses offered in our University. Students can take the English Proficiency Exam prepared and administered by the School of Foreign Languages, IUE, or alternatively may submit the results of the following national or international examinations which are accepted by IUE. Transfer students who have successfully completed English preparatory programs or been exempted from such programs should submit their documents to IUE to be evaluated and approved by the Directorate of SFL. Students who fail to meet the English language requirement at IUE have to attend the English Preparatory Program.

Acceptable foreign language exams and scores for applications to postgraduate programmes at the Graduate School and for applications as research assistants, lecturers, instructors and other academic staff at academic units are given in the table below:

Type of Examination Graduate
PhD Programmes Lecturer and Instructor Equivalent International Examinations Accepted
KPDS / ÜDS / YDS 70 (*) 70 (**) 90  
PIE (IUE Proficiency in English Exam) 70 (*) - -  
(Yüksek Öğretim Kurumları Yabancı Dil Sınavı)
70 (*) 70 (**) 90  
TOEFL iBT 84 (*) 84 (**) - Examinations and their equivalent scores accepted by the Board of Higher Education.
PTE Academic 71 (*) 71 (**) -
CAE B (*) B (**) -
CPE C (*) C (**) -

(*) Students who are admitted to Turkish-medium programmes are exempt from foreign language requirement.

(**) Foreign national students that will apply to Ph.D. programs, whose native language is English, need to take an exam administered by OSYM and recognized by Turkish Higher Education Council in a foreign language other than English, and score at least 55; or get an equivalent score in an exam recognized by the ÖSYM.

The following language exams and scores are accepted to be exempted from or to successfully complete the English Preparatory Programme for Vocational or Undergraduate Programmes.

Type of Examination Vocational-Undergraduate Programmes Equivalent International Examinations Accepted
(Pearson Test of English-Academic)
71 Examinations and their equivalent scores accepted by the Board of Higher Education.
(Cambridge English Advanced)
(Test of English as Foreign Language)
IBT 84
(Yabancı Dil Bilgisi Seviye Tespit Sınavı)
(Yüksek Öğretim Kurumları Yabancı Dil Sınavı)
PIE (IUE Proficiency in English Exam) 64.5 -



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