Improving Your English Proficiency

All MBA courses are taught in English. You will need to understand, speak, read and write English at a high level of proficiency to be successful in the program.  We think you are adequately prepared if (1) you have completed university study at a school in which English was the medium of instruction  or (2) you have worked in an English-speaking country for at least two years. 

You may want to take an assignment in an English-speaking country, do coursework or seek out local immersion opportunities if you need more preparation in this area.

Try to listen to various kinds of spoken English.  You will need to able to understand faculty and students who are not speaking American English. In addition, not all American accents are the same.

We suggest that you also prepare informally by exposing yourself to English language media, especially those dealing with business and global issues. Make sure your comprehension is high. 

Consider the following:

  • Read daily newspapers. T he Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times are highly recommended.
  • Read books, especially those concerning business.
  • Listen to the radio, watch movies and television  Watch news shows where there is discussion or debate, in order to practice listening to people speaking at the same time.
  • Use the Internet—watch short video clips, participate in blogs, etc.
  • Pursue opportunities to speak in English (talk with friends or colleagues on a regular basis, attend conferences or other events).
  • Read news articles about Fuqua faculty research
  • Listen to lectures by Duke faculty or distinguished visitors to Fuqua. The Fuqua Distinguished Speakers Series is archived on our iTunes site ( ) as well as other speakers here on campus.