All undergraduate applicants for regular or early admissions are required to demonstrate RUSE. Some applicants are exempted from this requirement, if they fall in one of the following categories.
Condition for RUSE exemption|
|Transfer (Advanced Standing)||Applicant must have studied for 2 years at a recognized college or university in US/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand|
|Applicants must have studied for 2 years at a recognized college or university in US/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand OR must have completed 2 years of higher education with English as the primary language of instruction OR must enroll ONLY in Arabic language courses|
|Applicant must have graduated from a recognized college or university in US/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand|
RUSE for graduate applicants
Master’s or PhD applicants including graduate diploma applicants can demonstrate RUSE by submitting satisfactory and valid scores from one of several tests. A score is considered
satisfactory if it meets or exceeds the minimum requirement set by AUB; it is considered
valid if the test date is recent enough.
Each test has its separate requirement for having satisfactory and valid scores, as detailed in the table below.
- Please note: for DUOLINGO English Test (DET)
- The DET score required to meet RUSE is 120. A score of 110-115 places the student in English 300.
When to demonstrate RUSE
Demonstrating RUSE for graduate applicants |
|TOEFL iBT||97||2 years|
|IELTS (Academic)||7||2 years|
|GRE (Verbal)||147||5 years|
|GMAT (Verbal)||25||5 years|
|DUOLINGO English Test (DET)||120||2 years|
All graduate applicants are requested to demonstrate RUSE as early as possible, upon receiving their admissions decision from AUB.
It is possible to take more than one test for the purpose of demonstrating RUSE, however, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that test scores are delivered to the Office of Admissions in time for decision-making and, if needed, to be able to secure a place in a relevant
preparatory English course
The links below provide details about the different RUSE tests (formats, dates, location, registration requirements, etc.) and help with planning. While some of these tests can be taken more than once, each test specifies a period of time that has to elapse between test dates.
Exemptions and exceptions
All graduate applicants are required to demonstrate RUSE. Master’s, MD, or PhD applicants who have graduated from AUB or from a recognized college or university in US/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand are exempted from demonstrating RUSE.Pro-Green Diploma Applicants
Applicants to the Pro-Green Diploma may provide evidence for RUSE by submitting a satisfactory and valid score for one of the following tests: AUB-EN, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic).
|TOEFL iBT||80||2 years|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||2 years|
applicants to Pro-Green who have graduated from a university where English is the primary language of instruction are exempted from demonstrating RUSE.Graduate applicants without satisfactory and valid RUSE scores
In case a graduate applicant does not have a satisfactory and valid RUSE score, s/he has the option of registering in a 7-week intensive English summer
preparatory program. Program details (description, learning outcomes, requirements, course registration and timeline) are available at the University Preparatory Program (UPP) - Graduate Course
site.Placement of graduate students
Graduate students who present RUSE scores below the satisfactory minimum score may be required by their program, school or faculty to take
preparatory English courses
Placement of graduate students in preparatory English courses is done based on scores from one of the following tests: AUB-EN, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic). GRE (verbal) and GMAT (verbal) scores cannot be used for the purpose of placement in preparatory English courses.
For information and details about placement of graduate students in preparatory English courses, please visit the
Graduate Council page