2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

English as a Foreign Language

English as a Foreign Language (ENFL) courses offer elective credits for international students who have been admitted to TCU. These courses are designed to provide additional help in composition, reading and general study skills development.


Placement in these courses is based on the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) section scores; the Test of Written English (TWE); and/or other standardized English proficiency exams, which are given to new students during their orientation. Those required to take any ENFL course(s) must successfully complete the course(s) before they will be allowed to continue their academic program.


Elective credit for ENFL courses is granted only for a grade of "C" or better. Students who make a "D" will receive a grade of "NC" (no-credit) and must repeat the course. A student who receives an "F" must also repeat the course if eligible to enroll. The Pass/No-Credit grading option is not permitted for ENFL courses.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students may demonstrate competency in a language other than English by meeting the TCU non-English language undergraduate requirement (and earn credit for this requirement) in a variety of ways. First, the student may meet the requirement by successful completion of coursework at TCU or by approved transfer credit from another institution, as specified in each academic major and receive the number of credit hours earned in those courses. Additionally, a student may provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by:

  • Scores on standardized tests approved by the University, for which the student will receive three to 12 hours of credit depending on the examination score; or
  • Successful completion of one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.