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International Students


The Foundation for Teaching Economics welcomes students from around the world who seek a unique opportunity to learn about economics principles and leadership skills in a university setting in the United States.

The Economics for Leaders Virtual program will be offered through an online format covering the same topics and activities as our in-person EFL program. The virtual program will be conducted synchronously and students need to attend online each day. Language proficiency requirements apply for EFL Virtual.


Language Proficiency
Students who struggle with English listening, speaking, reading, or writing skills will find that their challenges with the language itself can present significant obstacles to their learning and interaction in the program. Determining your level of English language proficiency is essential to a successful outcome at FTE programs. All EFL, EFL Virtual, EFAH, and EGE programs require competency in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

To demonstrate your language proficiency, you will be asked to provide one of the following exam results as an upload to your program application:

  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Exam
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Person Academic Test of English
  • SAT I Critical Reading/ACT-English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Duolingo English Test minimum score of 120

International applicants who have completed a course of study at a school in the United States, Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, or another school where classes are conducted in English, are considered to have met the level of English proficiency required and do not need to submit additional documentation.


Additional Questions

Please contact us via email at admissions@fte.org, or by phone at 530.757.4630 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST) with any questions.