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Applying as an international student

UCL can assist you with any advice you may need about applying to and studying at UCL.

Country-specific information

Country-specific information is available for international students. Simply select your home country from the map to see an overview of entry requirements, as well as relevant funding opportunities, student societies, in-country contacts and other relevant information.


Providing evidence of your English ability 

Students who are not a national of a UK Home Office majority English speaking country, are required to provide recent evidence regarding their command of spoken and written English.

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.
 
UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.

The required evidence may be one of the following:

1. Completed a minimum of twelve months academic education leading to an awarded qualification, in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment (or the summer two years prior to enrolment if starting in September): 

  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Australia,
  • Barbados,
  • Belize,
  • Botswana,
  • Cameroon (only if the qualification is taught in English),
  • Canada,
  • Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories),
  • Dominica,
  • Fiji,
  • Gambia,
  • Ghana,
  • Grenada ,
  • Guyana,
  • Ireland,
  • Ireland,
  • Jamaica,
  • Kenya,
  • Malawi,
  • Malta (only if the qualification is taught in English),
  • Mauritius,
  • New Zealand,
  • Nigeria,
  • Singapore,
  • South Africa,
  • St Kitts and Nevis,
  • St Lucia,
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Swaziland,
  • Tanzania,
  • The Bahamas,
  • Trinidad and Tobago,
  • The Netherlands (where the degree is taught entirely in English),
  • Uganda,
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States of America,
  • Zambia, or Zimbabwe. 
If you are a visa national, your language qualification must have been taken within two years of any issuance of a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from UCL.

2. Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment:

  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Australia,
  • Barbados,
  • Belize,
  • Botswana,
  • Canada,
  • Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories),
  • Dominica,
  • Gambia,
  • Ghana,
  • Grenada ,
  • Guyana,
  • Ireland,
  • Ireland,
  • Jamaica,
  • Kenya,
  • Malawi,
  • Mauritius,
  • New Zealand,
  • Nigeria,
  • Singapore,
  • South Africa,
  • St Kitts and Nevis,
  • St Lucia,
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Swaziland,
  • Tanzania,
  • The Bahamas,
  • Trinidad and Tobago,
  • Uganda,
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States of America,
  • Zambia, or Zimbabwe;

3. Recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

English language courses and study preparation courses such as pre-Masters are not acceptable. All qualifications must have been studied in the country of the awarding institution.

Accepted English language qualifications

Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL and the level (Standard, Good or Advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement for graduate study.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version

This test is UCL's preferred English language qualification.

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
IOE Special level: This level only applies to UCL IOE programmes with entry points before September 2017. Please refer to the individual programme entries for further details.

Applicants may take the IELTS Indicator test to meet the requirement.

Contact DETAILS

IELTS Subject Manager
University of Cambridge ESOL
Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax: +44 (0)1223 460278
Web: www.cambridgeenglish.org

The British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB
Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755
Fax: +44 (0)161 957 7762
Email: general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org
Web: www.britishcouncil.org

Information on how to take IELTS Academic including a list of test centres across the world are available at: www.ielts.org

Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

For entry into programmes from January 2016 onwards

Standard level: Overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
Good level: Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
Advanced level: Overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
IOE Special level: This level only applies to UCL IOE programmes with entry points before September 2017.

Please refer to the individual programme entries for further details. 

Applicants may take the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test to meet the requirement.

Please note that TOEFL iBT MyBestScore is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement.

UCL’s institution code for TOEFL is 9163.

Contact DETAILS

Prometric Building 3
Finnabair Technology Park
Dundalk
Co Louth
Ireland
Tel: +31 320 239 540
Email: www.ets.org/toefl/contact/contact_form
Fax: +31 320 239 541
Web: www.ets.org/toefl/contact

Information on how to take the test including a list of test centres across the world are available at: www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=toefl

Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (CPE) [previously known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English]

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Contact DETAILS

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax: +44 (0)1223 460278
Web: www.cambridgeenglish.org

Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) [previously known as Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English]

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Contact DETAILS

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax: +44 (0)1223 460278
Web: www.cambridgeenglish.org

Duolingo

Standard level: Overall score of 115 on the Duolingo English test
Good level: Overall score of 125 on the Duolingo English test
Advanced level: Overall score of 135 on the Duolingo English test

TEST DETAILS

Web: www.englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

UCL will introduce the new Duolingo subscores in the English language requirement for entry to the 2021/22 academic year. The required subscores will be published here before the beginning of the 2021/22 admissions cycle and from that point, will apply to all offer holders providing Duolingo test results to satisfy an English language condition.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic), with the following grades:

Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill
Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill
Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 each Communicative Skill

The test is undertaken online.

CONTACT DETAILS

Pearson
80 Strand
London, WC2R 0RL
Tel: +44 (0)845 543 0243
Fax: +44 (0)20 7010 6611
Email: pltsupport@pearson.com
Web: www.pearsonpte.com

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (Trinity ISE) III

Standard level: Successful completion of ISE III with a ‘pass’ in all components
Good level: Successful completion of ISE III with ‘merit’ in all components
Advanced level: Successful completion of ISE III with ‘distinction’ in all components

CONTACT DETAILS

Web: www.trinitycollege.com/contact

UCL Institute of Education Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education (PASHE)

These courses are run by the IoE’s Academic Writing Centre and meet UCL’s IoE English language “special level” requirement. They are intended for applicants applying to the IOE for graduate studies who need to improve their English language skills. IoE applicants should apply for this programme only and not the UCL Pre-sessional run by the Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Contact the IOE Academic Writing Centre at Education’s Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education.

UCL International Pre-Master's Courses

These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Standard level: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 6.5 in IELTS.
Good level: Overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 7.0 in IELTS.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 7.5 in IELTS.

CONTACT DETAILS

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education
University College London
26 Bedford Way
WC1H 0HP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5454
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8667
Email: pre-masters@ucl.ac.uk
Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/pre-masters

UCL Pre-sessional English Courses

These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests. 

CONTACT DETAILS

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education
University College London
26 Bedford Way
WC1H 0HP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5454
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8667
Email: presess@ucl.ac.uk
Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/pre-sess

English language support

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offers a range of approved English language courses, including pre-sessional courses of varying length and a one-year Diploma. CLIE also runs part-time in-sessional English language courses for students enrolled at UCL.

Courses available include the two-term in-sessional English for Academic Purposes course as well as separate courses in academic speaking, pronunciation, academic reading, or separate academic writing skills courses for students on taught or research programmes. 


Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

If you are an international student from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland and are applying for a taught programme in the fields of Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics or Mechanical Engineering, you will be required to apply to the UK government for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate. 

Visit the ATAS website


Fees and funding

International students can apply for a range of scholarships and awards. Many students receive funding from their own government or other external sources, so prospective applicants are advised to check with the Ministry of Education in their own country or from the British Council for information about other potential funding opportunities.

Visit the British Council website


Working in the UK 

It is sometimes possible for international students to combine work and study. Restrictions on working in the UK will apply if you are on a Tier 4 visa - in other words if you are an international student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For details see the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

For students eligible to work in the UK, there are opportunities both at UCL and beyond for part-time, short-term or casual work. JobShop, run by the UCL Students' Union, maintains a database of such opportunities. Other part-time opportunities, and details of support from UCL can be found on the UCL Careers website.

It is important to ensure that your studies do not suffer because of your work commitments. You will need to be sure that you are available for the timetabled elements of your studies, and that you allocate enough time each week for reading, coursework, research or assignments. Your supervisor or tutor will be concerned to ensure that you achieve your best in your academic work, but will also be accustomed to the fact that graduate students may have commitments, such as work and family, which they much also fit into their lives.