Each year, US colleges and universities accept thousands of students from around the world. If you want to study in the USA, IELTS can help. IELTS is the world’s most popular English test for people who want to live, work or study in another country. Accepted by more than 3,300 institutions in the US, your IELTS test score can help you achieve the goal of getting a place at a US college or university.

Major institutions all over the USA recognise that IELTS gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English. IELTS is

  • trusted by the USA’s top 25 universities.
  • accepted by all Ivy League colleges.
  • used by programs at the top 50 US universities with the most international students.

Studying and working in the USA

Depending on the college or university where you are, you may have the opportunity to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week during school term in the first year of study. You can work up to 40 hours per week during holidays and summer vacations when there is no class. You may have the opportunity to work up to 20 hours/ week during your school term in the first year of study on campus. During the summer breaks and holidays, you can work as long as 40 hours of the week. Please remember that these jobs are not guaranteed.


"I think IELTS is the best test because Kansas State University uses it!" - Kansas State University, Miranda Asebedo

"Before deciding to accept the IELTS as an alternative to TOEFL, I sat for the exam myself and can attest to the genuine rigour it represents." - Columbia University, New York James F Minter

"We have been accepting IELTS since 2002 and feel it is a valid test of English language proficiency. We are particularly pleased with the speaking component." - University of Minnesota, Dean Tsantir

"IELTS worldwide availability make it an attractive option. We are pleased with the response from our international applicants." - UCLA Director Graduate Admissions, Daniel J.Bennett

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