If you are applying to spend a semester or year studying abroad at the University of Leeds you must ensure you meet our English language requirements as outlined below. Language requirements vary according to which teaching school you wish to take modules in.

Please check whether you are required to submit English language evidence.

Please note: in line with the University of Leeds Undergraduate Admissions Policy, the study abroad office must accept the most recent English language certificate submitted.

Erasmus+ Students (European exchange students)

Erasmus+ students are expected to meet Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. If you are an Erasmus+ applicant of EU/EEA nationality, you do not need to submit English language evidence because your home university will ensure that you are at the required level. If you demonstrate that you have not met our standard or higher language requirements this could be detrimental to your application.

If you are an Erasmus+ applicant of non-EU/EEA nationality and intend to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa, you will be required to submit evidence with your supporting documents that you have met our standard or higher language requirements. If you have been nominated via the Erasmus+ programme and are applying to be in Leeds for less than six months, you can apply for a Short Term Study Visa, and in this case we do not require evidence of your English language level.

Worldwide exchange and self funding students

If the country you study in is not on the Tier 4 exceptions list, you will need to submit evidence that you meet our language requirements. There are some exceptions if you intend to apply for a Short Term Study Visa, please contact the study abroad office for further information.

If you hold a qualification that is not IELTS or TOEFL iBT, please contact the study abroad office to see if your qualification can be accepted.

The majority of teaching schools at the University of Leeds expect the standard University of Leeds English language requirement.

The following teaching schools have set their English language entry requirement at a higher level so if you intend to take modules within these schools you must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds.

  • School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (module code ARTF)
  • School of Media and Communication (module code COMM)
  • School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (module code CULT)
  • School of English (module code ENGL)
  • School of Law (module code LAW)
  • Department of Linguistics and Phonetics (module code LING)
  • Leeds University Business School  (module code LUBS)
  • School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (module code PHIL)
  • School of Politics and International Studies (module code PIED)

Programme
Standard language requirement
Higher language requirement (see list above)
IELTS
TOEFL (iBT)
IELTS
TOEFL (iBT)
Direct entry (September or January start)  

Overall: 6.0

Listening, reading, speaking and writing: 5.5

Overall: 87

Listening and reading: 20

Writing: 21

Speaking: 22

Overall: 6.5

Listening, reading, speaking and writing: 6.0

Overall: 92

Listening and reading: 21

Writing: 22

Speaking: 23

If you don't meet our direct entry requirements

Our Language Centre offers pre-sessional Academic English courses directly before the start of semester 1 and semester 2 for students who do not meet our direct entry language requirements. To apply for a pre-sessional course you will need to complete the study abroad online application form (you do not need to apply separately for the pre-sessional course).

Pre-sessional language courses are not usually included in exchange programme tuition fee waiver arrangements. Please see the Language Centre website for more information about fees.

If your language scores are lower than the standard requirement of IELTS 6.0 Overall with 5.5 in each component for direct entry, or you are taking the 20 week course starting in April or the 10 week course starting in October, you will be unable to apply for modules above levels 1 and 2 whilst at Leeds (even after taking a pre-sessional course).

Name of programme

Standard language requirement Higher language requirement
IELTS
IELTS
Six week academic English for undergraduate studies pre-sessional programme: August

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.5

Overall: 6.0

One component below 6.0 allowed. No scores below 5.5

10 week academic English for undergraduate studies pre-sessional programme: July and October

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.0

Overall: 6.0

Two components below 6.0 allowed. No scores below 5.5

20 week academic English for undergraduate studies pre-sessional programme: April

Overall: 5.0

No components below 4.5

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.0


Please note:

IELTS: when applying for a pre-sessional programme your IELTS test needs to be taken at an approved test centre if you are applying for a Tier 4 Visa, the 20 week course starting in April or the 10 week course starting in October, and your scores do not meet our standard direct entry language requirements. 

TOEFL: scores that are lower than our direct entry requirements can no longer be accepted for pre-sessional programmes. If you wish to take the six week programme or the 10 week programme starting in July, please consult the study abroad office if you wish to submit a TOEFL ibt certificate.