English Requirement

International students who are planning to study abroad must be aware of the English requirement by universities for admission to their degrees. That includes the foundation year, bachelor, master and PhD degrees. International universities where teaching is in the medium of English have strict English requirement which vary depending on the study level or academic major universities allow student to take their in-house English test while others insist on a proper English proficiency test such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE. In all cases students must achieve the minimum test scores as outlined in the tables below which show the minimum by each study level and each component for example IELTS reading IELTS speaking IELTS writing and IELTS listening

International Foundation English Requirement

Score TOEFL iBT IELTS Pearson PTE
Listening 21 4.0 54
Reading 21 4.5 54
Speaking 21 5.0 62
Writing 25 5.5 58
Overall 90 5.0 64

Academic IELTS is accepted by UK Universities for direct admission the master’s degree

Bachelor Degree English Requirement

Score TOEFL iBT IELTS Pearson PTE
Listening 17 5.0 51
Reading 17 5.5 51
Speaking 18 6.0 56
Writing 21 6.5 54
Overall 80 6.0 58

Academic IELTS is accepted by UK Universities for direct admission the bachelor degree

Master Degree English Requirement

Score TOEFL iBT IELTS Pearson PTE
Listening 21 5.5 54
Reading 21 6.0 54
Speaking 21 6.5 62
Writing 25 7.0 58
Overall 90 6.5 64

Academic IELTS is accepted by UK Universities for direct admission the master’s degree

PHD Degree English Requirement

Score TOEFL iBT IELTS Pearson PTE
Listening 21 5.5 54
Reading 21 6.0 54
Speaking 21 6.5 62
Writing 25 7.0 58
Overall 90 6.5 64

Academic IELTS is accepted by UK Universities for direct admission the PhD degree

Medical Degree English Requirement

Score TOEFL iBT IELTS Pearson PTE
Listening 21 5.5 54
Reading 21 6.0 54
Speaking 21 6.5 62
Writing 25 7.0 58
Overall 90 6.5 64

Academic IELTS is accepted by UK Universities for direct admission medical degrees degrees Those who are not in a position to achieve the English test scores required have the option of taking any of the following English language programs offered at top English school in UK, USA, Canada or Australia. Those courses help students strengthen their academic English capabilities and reach the English score required to enroll on their university degree.

Academic English Course

The academic English course is for international students whose current English language skills are significantly lower than the minimum English requirement for direct admission to their chosen university degree. In this case students can attend an Academic English Course at a private English school or at a university English Centre. The Academic English Course duration is normally a full academic year or a full academic semester, with different start points depending on the student’s level of English. Those English language courses focus on English Grammar, IELTS preparation and academic skills and prepare students for taking their IELTS or TOEFL test.

Pre-sessional English course

Pre-sessional English courses are taught at the university English center for students who have: received conditional offers of acceptance for their university degree, taken IELTS or TOEFL exam but did not achieve the minimum score required. The pre-sessional English aim is to raise the students’ English level to the level required by the university in order to enroll and start their degree classes. The course focusses improving the four key English components, Spoken English, Writing English, listening and reading. It also helps students improve their grammar, academic skills and report writing. English test is normally taken at the end of the.

Pre-sessional English course

Pre-sessional English courses are taught at the university English center for students who have: received conditional offers of acceptance for their university degree, taken IELTS or TOEFL exam but did not achieve the minimum score required. The pre-sessional English aim is to raise the students’ English level to the level required by the university in order to enroll and start their degree classes. The course focusses improving the four key English components, Spoken English, Writing English, listening and reading. It also helps students improve their grammar, academic skills and report writing. English test is normally taken at the end of the.

In-Sessional English course

The in-session support in English Language course is offered by the university English school and is taught throughout the academic year while students are enrolled on their university degree. Most University English centers offer free English classes to international students to help them improve their English language skills further. The course aim is to help enhance students’ English language capabilities with focus on English grammar, spoken English, Written English and academic skills such as research and essay writing. Students enrolled on a foundation year or bachelor degree can approach the university’s English language learning center and ask for information on in-sessional English courses offered to international students and register for English classes.

Pre-sessional and In-sessional Compared

In-sessional is offered for free by the university English center to students who have already achieved the TOEFL or IELTS score and already started degree classes but need to continue to improve their English language skills. Pre-sessional English course is for those students who have a conditional offer of acceptance but have not achieved the IELTS or TOEFL score required to start their classes. In this case they need to register and pay for a pre-sessional course aimed at getting students English language capabilities to level required to enroll on their degree course. See table below for key differences