All courses at Alderson Broaddus University are taught in English and as such, we require a college level understanding of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English.

If you are applying from a country where English is the official language, nothing more needs to be done. However, we reserve the right to ask for testing if English is not your primary language. Click here for a list of exempt countries.

If you are applying where English is not your primary language, you must complete one of the following English proficiency exams and score at or above the following levels. When you take these tests, please indicate you would like your official scores sent to Alderson Broaddus University.

TOEFL paper based test 500
TOEFL internet-based test 61
Pearson (PTE English Exam) 40
Duolingo 85

For help in preparing for the TOEFL, prospective students can consult Go Grad, which has recently released a comprehensive guidebook to help plan and prepare for the TOEFL, including helpful test-taking strategies, videos, steps for preparation, study tips, tutoring resources and more. What to Expect can be viewed at Go Grad.

If you still need English proficiency: You may apply to Alderson Broaddus University for a conditional admission after you complete an English Intensive Program. Consult the International Student Coordinator at for more information.

Meet your International Student Coordinator

Jill Nussel

International Student Coordinator/Designated School Official
Jill Nussel

International Student Coordinator/Designated School Official

(304) 457-6296

College/University Attended and year graduated:
University of Toledo: BA 1992; MA 2001; Ph.D. 2006

BA in Journalism
MA and Ph.D. in History

My favorite thing about ABU is:
Everybody here is so friendly and ready to help.

My favorite spot on campus is:
The Quad between Burbick Hall and the Hamer Student Center. It’s always full of students either rushing on their way or having fun with all sorts of activities.

My best piece of advice to a student in the college search process is:
My job is to help International Students get through the maze of regulations and feel comfortable at a school sometimes half way around the world. My advice is for International Students to decide early and get documents completed several months before your embassy appointment.

My favorite meal in the dining hall is:
The salad bar is always fresh and nutritious…but I like the pizza, too.

Dr. Jill Nussel is the Alderson Broaddus International Student Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and working with international students at the college level. Dr. Nussel is the SEVIS Designated School Official (DSO) you will see most often. Contact Dr. Nussel any time you have a question about your immigration status, if you plan a trip outside the United States, apply for internships, or if you plan to look for work.

Dr. Nussel’s office is in Burbick Hall #129 in the Admissions Office on the first floor.