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

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

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.

Please see the Language Centre website for more information about fees for pre-sessional language courses.

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

Your current IELTS Academic test score Which pre-sessional programme you can study What you can study after completing the pre-sessional programme

  • Overall 6.0
  • One component below 6.0 allowed
  • No scores below 5.5

6 week programme beginning in August Modules taught by schools with the higher level language requirement

  • Overall 6.0
  • Two components below 6.0 allowed
  • No scores below 5.5

10 week programme beginning in July or October Modules taught by schools with the higher level language requirement

6 week programme beginning in August Level 1 or 2 modules taught by schools with the standard level language requirement

10 week programme beginning in July or October Level 1 or 2 modules taught by schools with the standard level language requirement
20 week programme beginning in April Level 1 or 2 modules taught by schools with the higher level language requirement

  • Overall score 5.0
  • No components below 4.5
  • Must be IELTS for UKVI  taken at an approved test centre

20 week programme beginning in April Level 1 or 2 modules taught by schools with the standard level language requirement