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English language requirements for undergraduate students

To enter the University of St Andrews as an undergraduate student you must meet our minimum English language requirements.

Applicants from one of the countries listed as a Tier 4 exception and applicants who have been taught in an English-medium school for at least the final two years of their secondary/high school education will generally be able to demonstrate their English language proficiency with their school-leaving qualifications.

To be considered as evidence of English language proficiency, school-leaving qualifications should:

  • Be taken at a school with a substantial English language educational environment, as evidenced by its online presence. 
  • Generally include at least one subject with a substantial component of writing in English.

Applicants who use English as an additional language, and who cannot provide their English language ability through their school-leaving qualifications, should use the language qualifications listed below as evidence of their English language proficiency.

Minimum English language requirements by Faculty

The sections below show the English language tests accepted by the University, and the minimum scores required by each Faculty. If your scores for writing or speaking are below IELTS 6.5 or equivalents listed for other tests, it is likely that you will be asked to attend a pre-sessional course.

Other qualifications accepted as English language evidence

Providing your English language evidence

Evidence of your English language ability can be submitted through the applicant portal. If you do not have evidence available when you submit your application, this will form part of any conditional offer made by the University and:

  • you will be expected to provide the evidence at a later date
  • you may be required to attend a pre-sessional course.

If you are taking a pre-sessional course before you start your undergraduate degree, see English language requirements for pre-sessional courses.