English language requirements for undergraduate students

The requirements on this page are relevant for undergraduate applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Do I need to provide an English language test score?

Whether you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability depends on your educational background. Decisions are normally taken based on the criteria below, but the University of St Andrews reserves the right to ask for additional evidence of English language ability.

Faculties of Science, Arts and Divinity

You should not need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability if one of the following applies (click on headings below for details):

Students who cannot provide any of the evidence above will need to submit a valid English language test score as indicated below.

Faculty of Medicine

If you have completed you final four years of secondary or high school education in an English-medium school, this may in some cases be considered as evidence of English language ability. This will be considered on a case by case basis at the point of application. Please contact medical.admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information.

Which English language test score should I provide?

The table below indicates a language profile for each Faculty. Clicking on a profile link will take you to the list of acceptable tests and scores that you may submit to meet English language requirements for your intended degree.

For applicants from China, Hong Kong and Macao only

Effective from Friday 22 April 2022. As ongoing Covid restrictions in these territories continue to prevent students from taking English language tests in person, the following online tests will now also be accepted as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
  • PTE Academic Online.
  • The online version of LanguageCert International ESOL.

Test scores are only normally accepted if obtained within two years of the programme start date.

Typically, profiles listed here will include a score on the University’s own 4-week Pre-sessional Course, which can be taken to meet English language requirements. See more details on the University of St Andrews Academic English Pre-sessional courses.

TOEFL iBT Home Edition, PTE Academic Online, and the online version of the LanguageCert International ESOL, will not be accepted as evidence of English language proficiency unless you are an applicant based in China, Hong Kong and Macao, as mentioned above.

FacultyEnglish language requirements profile
Arts and Divinity (all Schools except the School of English) Profile 3-D 
Arts and Divinity (School of English) Profile 1-D 
Medicine Profile 2-M 
Science Profile 7-D