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English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence of their ability to use English well enough to participate in and benefit from their degree programme.  

The University accepts a wide range of language tests and language qualifications and the following pages list the typical requirements for the most widely-used English language proficiency tests.  If you have taken a test which does not appear here, please contact us to discuss it.

If your test certificate is more than two years old, you should retake the test.  Most English language tests have a validity of two years from the date shown on the certificate.

International students

If you are an international student, applying from outside the European Union, and you require a visa in order to study at the University, you must:

  • satisfy the English language requirements for your chosen programme
  • hold a secure English language test certificate (a "SELT")  for the purposes of a Tier 4 student visa application.  You can find information about this here:

 Guidance on applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests - Publications - GOV.UK   

and also here:

Immigration Rules - Appendix O

 

The UK Visas and Immigration authority has currently placed restrictions on the use of TOEFL for visa purposes.  

If you are using the TOEFL test as evidence of your English language proficiency, and you are applying for September 2014 entry, you may use your TOEFL score if you took the test before April 17th, 2014.  

If you have not taken your TOEFL test yet, we recommend that you take a different secure English language test in support of your application.

If you have already applied and require further advice, please contact us at elt@st-andrews.ac.uk.

 For more detailed information about our language requirements and the tests we accept, please see:

Some Schools set specific entry requirements which you will have to achieve in addition to the general language entrance requirements.