Guys - I have the same question as well.
I plan to apply to H/S/W and each of them says "TOEFL is required if you did not get a undergraduate degree from an English speaking university".
My undergraduate school in India taught everything in English - and so do 99% of the Engineering schools there. Makes me wonder who from India would need TOEFL then??
As long as your school's official language of instruction is English, then it does not matter where that school is located: there is no TOEFL requirement.
Since I doubt it, i encourage Seattle_76 to double check it with the school's admission office. It is risky indeed.
Different programs have different requirements regarding the TOEFL. Each school's FAQ pages explain who needs the TOEFL and who doesn't. Columbia, for example, does require Indians to take the TOEFL. Here's their explanation why:
For example, if you earned a degree from an institution in India where the language of instruction was English, you still must take the TOEFL or the PTE, since according to the Indian government the primary official language in India is Hindi.
And UC Berkeley Haas feels similarly:
The UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that all applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the official language is not English submit official evidence of English Language Proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. This requirement also applies to US citizens who received their undergraduate degrees in these countries or regions. Only applicants who have completed a full year of US university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.
In short, if you are considering pursuing an MBA and you were educated outside the US, it might make sense to take the TOEFL just to have a score handy instead of finding out on the application deadline that you needed one!
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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