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.

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 are not required to submit English language evidence because your home university will ensure that you are at the required level.

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 a valid IELTS or TOEFL (iBT) certificate with your supporting documents and must meet 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 you are not taught in English at your home university we will require you to provide evidence of your English language level, usually as an IELTS or TOEFL (iBT) certificate, showing that you meet our language requirements

If you are taught in English and you intend to apply for a Tier 4 visa, and the country you study in is not on the Tier 4 exceptions list, you will need to submit a valid IELTS or TOEFL (iBT) certificate with your supporting documents and must meet our language requirements

If you hold an alternative qualification, or if you are taught in the English language at your university and wish to discuss eligibility for an exemption, please contact the study abroad office.

 

The majority of teaching schools at the University of Leeds expect the standard University of Leeds English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 overall.

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 of IELTS 6.5 overall, 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

Speaking and writing: 21

Overall: 6.5

Listening, reading, speaking and writing: 6.0

Overall: 92

Listening and reading: 21

Speaking and writing: 22

 

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 for direct entry you will be unable to apply for modules above levels 1 and 2 whilst at Leeds (even after taking a pre-sessional course).

 

Standard and higher requirements

 

Name of programme

 

Standard language requirement

 

Higher language requirement

 

IELTS
TOEFL (iBT)
IELTS
TOEFL (iBT)
Six week academic English for undergraduate studies pre-sessional programme: August

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.5

Overall: 87

Listening and reading: 20

Speaking and writing: 21

Overall: 6.0

One component below 6.0 allowed. No scores below 5.5

Overall: 92

Listening and reading: 21

Speaking and writing: 22

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

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.0

Overall: 87

Listening and reading: 20

Speaking and writing: 21

Overall: 6.0

Two components below 6.0 allowed. No scores below 5.5

Overall: 92

Listening and reading: 21

Speaking and writing: 22

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

Overall: 5.0

No components below 4.5

Overall: 87

Listening and reading: 20

Speaking and writing: 21

Overall: 5.5

No components below 5.0

Overall: 92

Listening and reading: 21

Speaking and writing: 22


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

 

TOEFL: scores that are lower than our direct entry requirements can no longer be accepted for pre-sessional programmes. This is why the same TOEFL scores are shown for each programme, whereas IELTS scores vary between programmes.