If you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to pass an approved English language test. Your university will also have a minimum English language requirement. 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements can vary for different courses. You need to check the entry requirements set by your university to ensure you can apply for the course. 

International students coming to study at degree level will need to speak English at an intermediate level. UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) has an official list of the different English language tests available to you. This list also gives you guidance about the levels of English you need before you can study in London. Please note that universities often have higher entry requirements than those listed. Students are usually required to speak English at an upper intermediate level.

Approved English language tests

As of 6th April 2015, the list of UKVI approved English language tests will include only IELTS and ‘Integrated skills in English (ISE)’.  

IELTS: This test can be taken at UKVI approved test centres worldwide and is accepted by all UK universities. International students who are applying to study in the UK and are not already in the UK will need to book an IELTS. There are also test centres in the UK for applicants who are already here. 

ISE: This test can be taken at UKVI approved test centres in the UK only. Therefore, only international students who are already in the UK can take this test. The test is not currently accepted by all universities in the UK, please check with the university you want to apply to.

Other popular English language tests, such as TOEFL or Pearson Test of English Academic, will no longer be accepted. If you have recently taken another English language tests, please check the UKVI website for further information. 

European Passport Holders

If you hold a European passport, you will not require a visa to study in the UK. However, your university may still ask you for an English language certificate to proof your level of English.

English language courses

Many universities offer English courses if you need to improve your English language skills. You can also find accredited English Language courses on our English Language Schools in London website.