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Pre-degree English Language Requirements

If you use English as an additional language and you are coming to study at the University of St Andrews as a pre-degree student, you must provide us with evidence that you meet our English language requirements.

The University can assess your English language ability from a range of tests and qualifications but, if you need a Tier 4 visa, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) requires you to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as the language evidence for your visa application. This can be either an IELTS (Academic) for UKVI or a Trinity SELT (ISE II).

Minimum English Language Requirements for International Foundation Programmes

Programme NameIELTS (Academic)Trinity (ISE II)

Management, Economics & Finance

5.5

Merit

Medicine

6.5 (6.0)*

Merit

Science

6.0

Merit

Social Sciences & Humanities

6.0

Merit

Pathway to Medicine (January)

6.0

Merit

*where minimum component scores are required, these are shown in brackets after the overall score. If no score is given in brackets, only an overall score is required.

Minimum English Language Requirements for Pre-sessional courses

Course lengthIELTSTrinity (ISE II)

10 weeks

6.0 (5.5)*

Merit

4 weeks

6.5 (6.0)*

Merit

*where minimum component scores are required, these are shown in brackets after the overall score. If no score is given in brackets, only an overall score is required. 

English Language Requirements for Presearch Courses

TestMinimum Grade/Score Required

IELTS* (Academic)

5.0

Trinity SELT

Pass

* where minimum component scores are required, these are shown in brackets after the overall score. If no score is given in brackets, only an overall score is required. 

Applicants to foundation programmes taking their language test on or after 06 April 2015 who need a Tier 4 study visa will need the IELTS for UKVI test taken in an IELTS SELT Consortium test centre.

When do I provide my English language evidence?

If you have already achieved the required English language level before you apply, please include the evidence with your application form.

Evidence of your English language ability can also be submitted after you have applied, so please do not wait for your results before you apply to the University.

If you do not have evidence that you have met our English language requirement before you apply, this will form part of any conditional offer we make you.