Language requirements

If you are applying to spend a semester or a year abroad at the University of Leeds, you must make sure you meet our English language entry requirements.  

English language entry requirements vary according to: 

Find out your English language requirements  

Check your language requirements

Complete this survey to find out what English Language evidence, if any, you need to provide when applying to the University of Leeds.

When you complete the survey, we will send you an email that tells you what English language evidence you need to provide, based on your personal circumstances and chosen programme of short-term study at the University.

Do you meet our standard English language requirements for September of January start? 

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

Standard language requirement 

IELTS 

  • Overall: 6.0 
  • Listening, reading, speaking and writing: 5.5 

TOEFL (iBT) 

  • Overall: 87 
  • Listening and reading: 20 
  • Writing: 21 
  • Speaking: 22 

We allow students to apply with alternative qualifications so we recommend that you check the English language requirements for undergraduate degrees, as well as the accepted English language qualifications for your country or region before applying. 

Do you meet our higher English language requirements? 

The following teaching schools have a higher-level English language entry requirement, so if you want to take modules in these schools you must have attained the higher entry requirement of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, by the time you apply to Leeds, or by completing a pre-sessional English language programme.

  • 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) 

Higher language requirement 

IELTS 

  • Overall: 6.5 
  • Listening, reading, speaking and writing: 6.0 

TOEFL (iBT) 

  • Overall: 92
  • Listening and reading: 21 
  • Writing: 22 
  • Speaking: 23 

We allow students to apply with alternative qualifications so we recommend that you check the English language requirements for postgraduate (Masters) degrees, as well as the accepted English language qualifications for your country or region before applying.  

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements 

If you do not meet our direct entry language requirements you can take a pre-sessional Academic English course directly before the start of semester 1 and semester 2 with our Language Centre.  

The duration of the pre-sessional Academic English course will be based on your existing IELTS scores (or equivalent qualification). You will need to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate degrees / study abroad programmes. 

If you are applying for modules taught in academic Schools which require the higher language entry requirement on completion of the pre-sessional programme, you will need to apply for a pre-sessional course which will prepare you for a programme requiring the higher requirement of IELTS 6.5. 

Please see our pre-sessional English entry requirements for more information. You will apply for a combined pre-sessional and study abroad programme via the Study Abroad / Exchange application form

How to apply for a pre-sessional Academic English course 

To apply, you must indicate that you would like to study a pre-sessional course when you complete the study abroad online application form. You do not need to apply separately for the pre-sessional course. Find out more about applying for study abroad

The Language Centre has more information about fees for pre-sessional language courses

These courses are not usually included in exchange programme tuition fee waiver arrangements.